Frequently Asked Convention Questions – What are Famke Janssen Photo-Op’s like?

I noticed this question start to pop up a lot when it was announced that Famke Janssen would be attending Fan Expo Canada. Since I had the chance to meet her earlier on in the year, you can read about my autograph session with her here, and I did purchase a photo-op with her, I figured this was a good question to answer.

Submitted by Anonymous What are Famke Janssen Photo-Op’s like?

Before we go into what her photo-op was like along with some do’s and don’t’s, I want to say that all photo-op’s are extremely quick. They go by in the matter of seconds for everyone because they want you in and out. Don’t think that you’re going to get a lot of time with this person or even interact with them in any way because usually you aren’t. When I was at MegaCon, this particular photo-op was completely sold out meaning that there were a bunch of people that they had to get through. If you’re a VIP great because it means that you get to go first, if not you’ll have to wait on a huge line. The line usually goes by pretty quick once it starts moving. Anyway, onto the photo-op.

Here’s the thing with Famke Janssen, the first thing you should remember is to not touch her. She has a thing about being touched and it’s a really simple request that you should be respectful of. You’ll be stopped before entering the photo booth and be specifically told not to touch her. Please listen to the people at Epic Photo-Op’s. I heard from someone who did touch her, made her freak out and in turn had to have a bunch of re-takes of his photo done and I’m sure the people after him didn’t get a great photo either. Don’t be that one person who ruins everyone’s experience.

The second thing is that she’ll be sitting the whole time and will stay in the same position for photo after photo. She’s not going to be doing any crazy type photo-op’s, you aren’t going to get on Epic’s Photo of the day with her photo, do don’t go in there expecting that.

Lastly, treat her like a person. When I attended her panel she mentioned that she didn’t understand the whole celebrity culture that everyone was obsessed with. I know it’s kind of like, well then why attend conventions when people are basically going to be freaking out that you’re there and the simple answer is cha-ching money. Anyway, when you get into the photo booth say a quick hello, they asked you not to touch her but you can still speak to her. Smile and pose for your photo and be nice when you’re finished and offer a quick thank you.

This is basically what I did when I went for my photo-op and I got a pretty great photo from it. So, I hope this answers your question and gives you a little insight on what to expect if you purchased a photo-op.

Have a convention question that you want answered? Go ahead and leave your question in the comment section below and I’ll make sure to add your name into the blog that features your question. If you prefer to be anonymous, then go ahead and type your question into the search box. I’ll be able to see it and maybe one day you’ll be able to see it on this blog. I do want to remind you that my expertise is kind of limited to MegaCon at the moment, but I’ll try to answer as many questions as possible.

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Frequently Asked Convention Questions – How do Mail Order Autographs Work?

Ever since posting about my time at this year’s MegaCon, I’ve seen a bunch of questions start popping up about the convention itself. So, I figured since I am kind of an expert, not really, on these things, why not try to answer as many convention questions as I can. This was the first question that I seen that piqued my interest.

Submitted by Anonymous How do Mail Order Autographs Work?

Run by Official Pix, Mail order autographs is a pre-order and send in service for people who cannot attend MegaCon for whatever reason. Choosing from the list of celebrities that are attending the convention, you can either pick out one of their 8×10’s or send in something of your own for them to sign. If you choose one of the 8X10’s that are available, you’ll pay a set price unless you want it personalized. For it to be personalized the price goes up. If you want to send in something of your own to have signed you can do that as well, but remember there are rules for certain people so make sure to check out what can and can’t be signed before sending in your item. Depending on the item that you want signed and/or personalized the price varies.

Also, if you’re sending in your own item, you have to make sure that you package it and fill out everything that needs to be filled out exactly to ensure that you get the autograph and your item back. Not to mention that you’ll also have to pay shipping and handling. It seems like it’s a great service for someone that can’t attend, but if you want my opinion I would skip doing this.

Not to poo-poo this service, but part of the experience of getting an autograph, especially one that’s personalized, is actually meeting the person you’re getting an autograph from. Not only do you get the autograph in person, I’m not questioning the authenticity of the autograph that you receive, but you also get to have some sort of interaction with the person you’re meeting. In the past I’ve spend anywhere from two minutes, which isn’t a lot but happens when that person’s line is super busy and they’re in high demand, to almost half an hour with the person I was getting an autograph from. These are some of my favorite memories and if I would have sent in something to get signed that wouldn’t have happened. Also, I usually bring my own unique item to get signed and I would hate to think it could possibly get ruined. I’m not saying that this would happen, but if it does happen I would rather it happen on my watch instead of someone else’s.

Have a convention question that you want answered? Go ahead and leave your question in the comment section below and I’ll make sure to add your name into the blog that features your question. If you prefer to be anonymous, then go ahead and type your question into the search box. I’ll be able to see it and maybe one day you’ll be able to see it on this blog. I do want to remind you that my expertise is kind of limited to MegaCon at the moment, but I’ll try to answer as many questions as possible.

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