Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Naughty by Nature




How do I put this? I think I was just put through a hard sell. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I got a phone call from a lady named Joanne saying that I won a free make-over from Naughty by Nature. She said that I had won this at the Great Singapore sale but honestly I cannot remember entering any competition for this. They would do a shoot for me and give me two free shots on CD. She told me that this was a once in a lifetime chance and the package usually costs $550. I was not that interested but she was quite insistent. Work is a bit slow so I thought ah what the heck, go down and see what it is like.

So I brought down 2 suits and went to their office in Circular Road. The reception area is pretty huge with several tables with iMacs to show clients. On the walls are cheesy portraits with packaged templates. An image consultant named Chloe attended to me. It looked really busy and we could not start immediately. With time to kill I asked her if she was from Lasalle design college or something like that, and she just smiled and told me its a secret.

We finally get to the make up room. They powder my face. Chloe tells me that my green t-shirt and jeans would be good for a casual shoot. So in my jeans and t-shirt, I get shot in a room (one of several) by a Russian photographer. They have a light with a small softbox and another light with a gridspot. The lights by Eclipse. I have never heard of them before. There is a couch and several chairs in the room. There is a red coloured wall, a white wall and a wall with a black backdrop on it.
She put me through some poses that made me feel out of sorts. But I managed to get a couple of ok shots from this session which you see.

Chloe then asks me to try something different, like a Chinese costume. Yucks. I said no flatly and wore my suit next. Then put more powder on my face and gelled up my hair. I was shot by another photographer, a Chinese guy named Chris. Oh my god, he contorted my body even more. I hated the images. Made me look like a real goof ball.

Once I had changed back to my clothes, Chloe brought me in front of an iMac where she tried to touch up my eye bags, really badly. Oh my, my eye bags look better than the crap she was doing. She smiled and said that actually she is not that experienced and asked a manager over. He started talking to me and realized that I was a full time photographer and there is no way he would be able to sell me any photographs. He put the above 2 images on a CD and gave it to me. I think they realized that doing a hard sell on me would be a waste of time. But I googled Naughty by Nature on the internet and found the following horror stories.

Story 1
Story 2

I guess the truth is that there is no free lunch.

12 comments:

seventh stranger said...

really, they're at circular road? oh no! i'm there too....

wansheng said...

dude, they are all over the forums:P can't believe you actually went down. perhaps you should counter-invite them to come over your place:)

and... the most effective way to clear ur eyebags... is to get more sleep:)

pfong said...
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pfong said...

That second shot is pure cheese :-)

Wynx said...

Heng,

I think Wansheng's suggestion is great! Anyhow, didn't they check up on you before they call you?

Lisa said...

I was 'had' by them too. Like you, I had nothing better to do and I am a bit nosey. I left with 2 good pictures of myself and my daughter.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
See you in Studio Photo course in Oct.

Anonymous said...

sigh. have already been cheated. all my fault, i persuaded my daddy to get the membership. apparently their tactics worked on me. i was too stupid to think of googling about it first. i want to whack myself. TT *actually i've never heard of them before, dunno why i went down...

Audrey said...

Hi. I'm one of the victims of your horror story list. Anyway, we escaped but... my mother didn't. She fell for it and put our names as part of the family package. Argh.

Shall we dance? said...

Actually I was there too last Friday night but they did not force me although there were some pressure felt. We just have to reason out well. And the consultant named Vincent showed his professionism. The package they offered are not attracted to me cos we don;t need it. Hence they could understand and did not pursue further. Must say that the Daniel guy who takes care of the sales was very reluctant to disclose the package price until the very last minute despite many time questioned. That was rather irritating.

Christine Alexandra Lee said...

OMG! They NbyN called me yesterday afternoon as well. I was skeptical as there's no such thing as a free lunch. The woman on the phone, Mavis even told me to leave my credit card and cash at home if I am worried I might have to part with my money! After reading countless of BAD experiences by so many people, I think I'm just gonna be a no show for my appointment later. Thank goodness I googled them on the Internet and found your blog and several others with negative comments. I was a freelance photographer as well and yes I must say other than having a proper studio and background, their photography is nothing to scream about.

Anonymous said...

Check this out man, an article in the newspaper abt NbyN!

http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/printfriendly/0,4139,82592,00.html

placer said...

hi! do you happen to know of anyone willing to provide free trial shoots? i dun mind them using the shoots as publicity.

basically i'm a tertiary student heading a committee (shall not disclose much publicly =x) and was interested in having my entire comm have a photoshoot that we can use on our websites etc.
if the person providing the free trials would like to reproduce the shots, it should be fine.

if you know of anyone, do drop me an email! placerprazer@gmail.com =) thx!