Written on: 22/10/2012
I had the worst experience of my life with some people that call themselves professionals,in a very well located neighbourhood in Chelsea London,to be more precise 250 kings road. They were apparently very kind and helpful but they had a purpose to steal people s money. No transparency,no prices list nothing,u spend there 6 hours being happy u got your grupon or amazon voucher for cheap and at the end comes the surprise, £2000, come again!!! for 100 pics with 4 outfits only,5 times more... (read more)
Written on: 26/06/2012
I went to Doubletake in Manchester in August 2010 with my cousin. I was replacing my other cousin who could not attend. I had been shocked at the fact that a huge cancellation fee would have to have been paid for non-attendance. the experience was marred by the fact the riots took place in the vacinity of our hotel the night before the shoot and when we asrrived at the Studio, we were stressed from this and found it difficult to relax. I have read some terrible reviews about this Studio and... (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2012
I went to Doubletake Studios for a photo-shoot last year, not happy with the quality of photos or the service they provided but about 3 months ago a company called Oriel Collections (08442641360 based in Cheltenham) rang me saying they had taken over and i now owe THEM the debt…I explained how bad doubletake were and refused to pay. They said they’d take me to court…I thought I would have a case due to the shocking customer service so told them to do so…. Turns out the credit... (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2011 by laurendobson (1 review written)
Ok so ive just been informed that Doubletake have gone bust, fair dos, just back luck! Though i came across all these negative reviews about the place and thought i would share my day that i thought was fantastic! I bought my experience from Buyagift.com and paid £15 for a photoshoot for 2 with 2 complimentary photos. So we arrived at the Studios in Manchester and straight away all staff were friendly and welcoming, we were offered refreshments and waited in reception to be called for our... (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2011 by people25
I MUST START BY SAYING PLEASE DO NOT EVER USE DOUBLETAKE STUDIOUS EVEN IF YOU HAVE SPARE CASH YOU ARE BETTER OF USING YOUR MONEY ON PENNY SWEETS. Double stakes is one of the worst place that I have been to in my life. The staff are rude. The make up was ok which I can do myself at home. Its a scam and an easy way to make money.This company will not last everythng is budget then they make there money back by giving you the cheapest quality of pictures. Then asking you to pay extra for them... (read more)
Written on: 18/11/2011 by Stitched_Up (1 review written)
PLEASE WATCH YOUR BANK TRANSACTIONS IF YOU HAVE GIVEN OVER YOUR DETAILS OR BLOCK YOUR CARD AND GET A NEW ONE. Doubletake Studios Limited Was placed into administration on 15 November 2011 The Company is no longer trading or able to honour any appointments The joint administrators are Philip Armstrong and Geoffrey Rowley of FRP Advisory LLP What to do if You have an appointment booked The Company has ceased to trade and will not be holding any further appointments. If you paid by... (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2011
they booked my appointment for the 3rd dec 11, so i go on line and book the double money.. they then ring me up on the thursday and tell me they are having problems in the studio and they are cancelling all apointments and will contact me when its up and running, well im still waiting and when ever i ring them i cant get through as system is down and cant get onto the main web site. i have been told they have gone bust. well im seeking legal advice as i want my money back. think before... (read more)
Written on: 08/11/2011 by Myreview109 (1 review written)
The best idea will be just to throw your money into the litter bin or just flash your money down the toilet. At least you will not waste your time this way. I don't know how they do this but I looked ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE on all picures that they made. I fid not even suspect that it is possible to make pictures of such a bad quality. And they even demand money for such gabbage! (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2011
Makeup & photography were cookie cutter, that is, they do about the same thing for everyone whether it suits you or not. They put you in poses that look ridiculous and cheesy and are not suited for you. After the shoot, you're put into a room alone with a salesperson using very hard sell tactics hoping to wear you down. You'll be lucky to find even one photo that you think captures the real you and you'll likely look worse than you do in real person. My friends saw the photos and thought... (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2011
First off, I'd like to point out that I was the "guest" of the person who had been offered the free gift. My girlfriend had been rung by Double take, who had told her they had received her number from a friend. Since it was the kind of thing she seemed interested in, she said yes there and then, and gave a deposit. It wasn't until she told me, that I got a bit wary. I did some research, and I was hit by a wave of negative reviews. We couldn't cancel at this point, so we ended up going... (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2011 by Enigma_178 (1 review written)
I read the comments and want to add something more: I was there hoping to get quality pictures of myself, but when I came there it became clear that there are no professional photographers there. The pictures that they made were of extremely poor quality. When I make pictures of myself with usual camera I look good (im 30 and i look much younger, I look like 25 y old), but what they did is making me looking like Im 75-year old granny on all pictures. so, beware! and they tried to charge me... (read more)
Written on: 25/10/2011
I received a phone call in July from double take Manchester as my friend had given them my number after her photoshoot. The lady on the end of the phone was lovely (fake) and would not accept no for an answer, she wanted £50 deposit but I would of got it back on the photo shoot day. I simply could not afford this to come out of my bank so said no, she kept going on and on and on about how it would be a once in a life time experience to go in and that it was my loss not tihere's. Eventually... (read more)
Written on: 22/10/2011 by Shellthecroft (1 review written)
i received this day as a gift for my 40th birthday, but having read the reviews I must admit I wasn't looking forward to the day and seriously thought about not going. I'm so pleased that I did and would encourage others not to let the negative reviews put you off. My experience and day was totally fab. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming and drinks and snackers were offered through out. I had completed my wish list online prior to the day and the make up artist (lovely... (read more)
Written on: 21/10/2011 by nessa92 (1 review written)
I got a call from a guy saying that my step mum had put my name forward for a free photo shoot at double take Birmingham branch, I had seen her pics and they looked amazing - but I was well aware that she paid big bux to have them done and so was a little dubious. However the guy only wanted a £1 deposit so I thought why not. I arrived at the studio where I was greeted by a lovely women and offered drinks. We were able to put our bags in a secure cupboard which was locked at all times. We... (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2011
My friend had a call to say she had been put forward for a "free" photo shoot that she invited me along to. As her friends had been and loved it (they spent around £600) we went. When we arrived it seemed very lovely and the refreshments (incl wine) we had been promised were actually diet coke and fredos (the little chocolate frogs that are 10p each!). We had to ask twice for our drinks. The hair and makeover was actually ok and the staff were lovely, I understand they have to pile it on a... (read more)
Written on: 07/10/2011 by hobberty
I got a phone call from a really nice guy telling me that my sister had recommended me for a photoshoot... i'd already seen her pictures and they looked really nice. Had to pay £10 deposit for me and my friend, and we turned up on the day with our outfits... Loved the makeover as i am not very good with makeup myself, they did say that it would be really heavy due to the cameras and was very happy with the makeup and the eyelashes i bought for £7. photoshoot was really fun and the guy was... (read more)
Written on: 07/10/2011 by nomorepicturesplease
I went to the Birmingham branch of double take studios. Admittedly, I was suspicious from the beginning and no it isn't really a free photoshoot. The people were very friendly but obviously a bit fake as they are trying to sell. I was expecting a bit more though. The 'fun' part of the day is very rushed, and the rest is a lot of waiting around. It was OK, most of it, I didn't mind, my makeup was a bit amateurish so don't expect to look like a 'goddess' unless you have never seen yourself... (read more)
Written on: 06/10/2011 by alittleteddy (1 review written)
All the reivews below are right! I had a cold call from them saying my friend had recommended me when actually, this friend never told me anything about it. It sounded more legit as they told me more about my friends day but the guy was foreign with a foreign accent so ofcourse I was never going to hand any card details over. Because it was free and looking at the site, it looked good, I asked if I could get a number to call back on but he said that's not how it works so i declined not... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2011
Hi i had a 'phot shoot' at double take studios in manchester in november 2010. I recieved a phone call saying that i have been chosen by a friend to have a 'free' photoshoot and the person spent 15 minutes telling me i have a facial, make over, manicure, hand massage and proffessional hair style and would i like to attend. Obviously i as any other 21 years old was interested and so i replied yes. She then gave me a date and said i had to pay a deposit to keep my appoinment and said it was... (read more)
Written on: 14/09/2011 by simrit
This company cold called me promising a variety of pamper treats such as massages and facials-when in fact they wanted to just con me in to agree to have a photo shot and when I told her i wasnt going to bring any outfits along she said that is fine, yet on repeated on letters and emails I was told to bring along outfits, i cancelled as I was missold and they kept my cancellation chage of £6 this is a disgusting company which uses misselling tactics to gain custom (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2011 by kiaora (2 reviews written)
When my daughter told me she had been invited to a Free Make Over Day - I have to confess I was very wary and felt that my daughter had been hoodwinked into signing up for something that was going to cost her a lot of money that she really doesnt have (nor have I for that matter). My suspicions worsened when I saw all the additional charges that may apply if you change or cancel the viewing, or if you failed to show. So for sure, from the minute you speak to them on the phone, you are... (read more)
Written on: 01/09/2011 by rachyfidd
I arrived at the studio, was offered a drink on arrival. I chose a diet coke (which was flat - the woman next to me commented on this as well). I noticed after that, the drinks were poured from a 1.5 litre bottle, we must have had the last of the bottle. My bag with my clothes was left in an unlocked cloakroom (which everyone had access to) whilst I went to have my make up and hair done. The makeup was done good, but the hair was touched up and not styled properly. When it came to have... (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2011 by gailnrich23
I went to my appointment which went well, the day was fun and make up fantastic. It all went wrong when I tried to get my deposit back. I am still haggling over this which is £50.00 total and have recently contacted trading standards. When I went to make a complaint I was informed a manager was unavailable. Customer service is completley lacking and the day was ruined from the viewing onwards. Would not go again, would not recommend to a friend and would advise all to steer clear. (read more)
Written on: 30/08/2011 by KB1993
I received a phone call from a very friendly man offering a me a free photo shoot that a friend had recommended me for. He went on and on about how it was FREE i wouldn't have to pay anything and it would be a fun experience. Later on, after paying a refundable deposit of £40 i log on to my online 'account.' I then read:- 1. Booking fees are non refundable in the event of a cancellation. 2. Cancellation charges apply if you cancel 28 days after the initial booking 3. you are not obliged to... (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2011
Arrived at the Manchester studio for my Urban Goddess experience and had a pleasant ish greeting. The makeup artists were OK but NOT trained hairdressers so i would advise visiting a professional hairdresser first. The sets were quite shabby. Then they lock you in a room and put the thumb screws on until you agree to buy your pictures. Be warned you do not get what you see unless you agree to a touch up package at yet more cost. You will be hounded with texts days before you go offering... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2011
I dropped out of a photoshoot with Double Take because it didn't feel right, they tried to rinse me at every turn. A charge for this, a charge for that. At any point that they try to persuade you that the day is FREE, realise there's some other poor person that they've already rinsed a few hundred/ thousand(!) out of. Even if you don't buy the photos, they will try their hardest to get money from the friends whose numbers you give to them in return for a "goody bag". Had text messages... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2011 by anabanana21 (1 review written)
I am so surprised by some of the reviews ive read because me and my friend went yesterday and it was the best day of our lives. We went to the doubletake in Manchester and as soon as we arrived we were offered drinks, the receptionists (all of them) were friendly, smiley and welcomming. Fair enough to some people it may come across as fake and that might put people off but to me they were all genuinely friendly and welcomming and made us feel special and less nervous (as it was our first... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2011
My sister recieved a 'gift photoshoot experience' from one of her friends for christmas, and took me along for the day. After reading reviews, I was a bit hesitant because I had only read bad things. However, the day was really good. The staff in all areas were lovely, very friendly. They offered drinks and seemed very genuine. The make up and hair looked really nice, the make up artist was lovely. The different sets were varied and the photographer was very professional and not pushy at... (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2011 by daysem (1 review written)
We went for a family photo shoot with our two year old daughter. The staff including the receptionist were incredibly unfriendly and antipathetic. The photographer showed up 20 minutes late with no apology, rushed things as if the whole delay was our fault. We were told the whole experience does not take more than 4 hours. Having told them several times that we could not stay longer than 4 hours with a young child, we were not taken seriously and ended up spending 6 hours! with a crying... (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2011 by pinknzz
Re manchester studio Me and my mum recieved argos activity vouchers as a gift for christmas in 2009, we had a number of issues getting the actual makeover vouchers from argos which made me a little reluctant to go any further with them. I read a number of bad reviews for double take but didnt want to waste the money my grandparents had spent. Needless to say they left me on my guard for rip offs. We had a great day,The make up girls were great and the photographers were really easy to get... (read more)
Written on: 15/06/2011 by littlemisssunshine (1 review written)
Reading countless reviews on the internet, I was very hesitant to book the double take studios experience my friend had brought as a present for my 21st birthday, but I'm so glad I did :) I booked a studio session easily, I quoted the reference number on the voucher and double take took a £1 booking fee, no trouble what-so-ever. I received the booking and paper work through the post and all was fine, make sure you read the terms and conditions on the back as it CLEARLY states any... (read more)
Written on: 03/06/2011 by CandiceButcher (1 review written)
My sister dragged me along to Double Take in Southampton and after reading some reviews I was really reluctant to go. However, im so glad I did. Staff were lovely and my make up was amazing! Yes, the hand massage lasts a minute but what do you expect for free! The photo shoot was excellent. The photographer guided me through every pose as being quite shy i was worried about this but i was put at ease immediately and I did some shots with my sister. I loved loads of photos and ended up buying... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2011
A month ago a telephone call from Doubletake studios said that I had won an Urban goddess experience.I wanted some lovely pictures to send to my husband, who is serving with the Commandoes in Afghanistan. My appointment was early so I travelled down from Windermere with my friend, and my baby, and stayed overnight in Manchester. On arrival at the studios I was treated disgracefully. Because of my baby they would not let me in, and ultimately escorted me from the premises. They threatened... (read more)
Written on: 23/05/2011
Birmingham - My day was "sold" to me by saying it was a great pamper day (quality time for yourself, with great pictures) - how wrong can anyone be!!
Yes the receptionist was friendly, The stylist/make-up artist was rubbish, and didn't look like she wanted to be there. I was told she couldn't do much with my hair apart from giving it a bit of volume (grips and hairspray) then I was told they had to exagerate the make-up so it would be picked up by the camera, but don't worry it will look... (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2011
Anyone whos going to doubletake or is thinking about it and wants a genuine, objective and not over exaggerated review read this.
So one of my best friends was recommended by her friends at the studio and decided to take me with her, we were really excited because we wanted some photos togather and thought it would be a fun day out. So i went online the day before and read some reviews on this very site and was scared. I told my friend are we were worried because she'd already got the... (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2011
I went to double take studios, Farringdon London, back in november 2010. It was the first time i had ever been to a photo shoot and from the experience i had i won't do it again!
I went because my friend rang me up saying 'do you want to come for a free photo shoot with me?' and she told me about all the perks like free food and a free photo. At first i said yes straight away, but with a little thought i later changed my mind because i didn't have alot of money. Then she said if she... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2011
Went to double take studio's recently with a friend. I am a student and I have literaly no money in my account except a mere £1.05 (no lie). My friend invited me along and I thought it would be a great day out, have our hair done, get pampered, make-up done and then a fun photoshoot together. She didnt really explain about how she got the photoshoot though, she said she was phoned up by them because she was recommened by a friend and had to pay a £20 booking fee but she would get it back at... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2011
Me and my friend went to the Doubletake studio in Manchester, we arrived early and they greeted us with a drink and asked to fill out a questionnaire incase we had changed our style ideas. The make up/hair stylist then went through what i had chosen and made sure it was okay at every opportunity she could. Had a nice head, hand and arm massage aswell. Then we took about 6 outfits each but only could have a maximum of 3, so we talked through the different sets with the photographer who was... (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2011
my friend and i went for a day out in double take in manchester,becouse i got a phone call saying i won a free shoot, ok all good untill they said i had to put a deposit down which i would get back but big suprise i never, so can could it be free!!
once we got to the studios we had to wait about 20 mins to see seen or to even get a drink, once they came over to us i had to fill out a form again which i did online big time waist that was.
once i went in to the make-up room the lady who did my... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2011
The best part of my day was the free mini bitesize twirl I got whilst waiting a good hour!
I arrived with my twin 20 mins early like they ask you to even though you have to be there for 5 hours in total as it is. Got told to take a seat and fill in the questionnaire which I had already done online and waited without being offered a drink. My twin got called in first in which I was left by myself then for most of the 5 hours. Make-up was alright, hair no different and a 2 second hand/arm... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2011
DOUBLETAKE ARE RUBBISH! I had my photoshoot on the 4th November 2010. it is now the 5th april and the gift vouchers i was promised would be sent out to me STILL haven't arrived. I have tried numerous time to chase them and it's just not happening.
The day was great apart from the VERY PUSHY woman trying to make us pay for the photos. She wouldn't give me & my friend time to read the contract and we had to sign there and then and give our bank details. We were not allowed to cancel and the... (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2011
Honestly. Any bad reviews are really unjustified. . . The prices are LISTED ON THE SITE not hidden. . . Any charges are CLEARLY explained and shown in paperwork. . I dont ser how people can call this a con. I went and loved my day, there was a soft sell at the end but nothing i couldnt decline, if your honest about what money you have, they will match your budget (mine only being £50)
Nothing about the day was sinister, its such a good laugh.
If you dont expect tons of pics for free, you... (read more)
Written on: 30/03/2011 by ginge93 (1 review written)
Double Take Studios,
when i got offered to come down to Double take studios i thought it wasn't optional and that i had to go, when i wanted to cancle my appointment i was told that it would cost me and my friend £125 each person if we didn't turn up or cancled our appointment. So that isn't a very good start as that i think in very stupid. secondly then ring and text you most of the time to let you no all the deatils again even when you already know.
when it came to the time of my... (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2011
Hi there I've worked at that place and the management are not far off being total dictators, we only have to turn up with the wrong socks and they fire us. The pay is terrible and your treated like school children.
Now for the client experience write up, from a former insiders point of view all they want to do is get your money, the whole day is one big act.
Starting with the smiley receptionists followed by the sweet make up artist and then the charming photographer, then it all goes... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2011
Really lovely day out! Includes pampering, free drinks, lots of sweets and snacks etc. Me and my partner were treated really well by everyone. The studio was soooo busy but we weren't forgotten about, if we asked for a drink it was brought over to us quickly. The hair and make-up team were great, noisy but great. I looked so different but I loved it (so did my fiance). Our shoot was called 'harmony' which means that we got most of the photos taken together, I would have liked more on my own... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2011
READ THIS PEOPLE!!! DONT JUST READ THE BAD REVIEWS, IT IS OK IF YOU GO KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT!!!!!!!
OK so I was scared to go to double take after reading these reviews, but I didn't want to get any charges or even argue with them do went anyway.....and was actually surprised! After reading the reviews my friend didn't want to come but I called the studio the day before and they said as long as the person who booked it came, it would be ok.
I don't know where everyone else went, but I went... (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2011
DO NOT USE!
Absolute scam artists! I bought the experience for myself and partner in November (actually paid for it!) and went along for the experience. We had only planned to take the one free image away but turned out it wasn't free anyways. They'll also get you to fill in a referral sheet for friends, that are then called constantly being offered the shoot for free.
The sales people try every trick in the book, even offering finance if you can't afford the full amount. DO NOT PAY! They... (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2011 by IggPigg (1 review written)
DO NOT FALL IN TO THERE TRAP!!!! My friend recommended me for an experience day (some friend!) and the woman on the phone made it sound sooooo good that I booked the day and paid £10 deposit. After getting off the phone I thought it sounded too good to be true so I looked at the reviews online and was appalled! And made me and my friend instantly not want to go. I rang read the terms and conditions thoroughly and rang them the following day of booking my appointment to cancel. She started... (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2011
When you walk in you feel like you are in for a fantastic day, this feeling does not last. Though the pictures were good...the 'experience' was not. They double book their stylists and photographers. So very badly organised. Very rushed. They did not make my experience feel personal to me...felt as though I was on a conveyor belt. Highly disappointed considering the money I paid. No courtesy call to apologise for ruining my expensive day! (read more)
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