NOT to want to pay £29 for a school photo???

(175 Posts)
PiedWagtail Mon 26-Mar-12 10:04:43

My school has got Tempest to do 'modern' class photos - long thin ones with the kids in small groupings with props - they cost £12.50 for a print, or £29 framed. They're awkward to find a place for, too big, too expensive (to get both my ds's class photos would be £58!!) - who can afford that?

Just emailed the school sec with my feedback and she said they have just had positive feedback hmm - so AIBU??

What are your school pics like and how much are they? I just want a record of my dc in each school year, and their friends, and don't want to pay a fortune for it!!

Ours are tempest and very normal, only thing I thought was they're very close up on the face, I thougr school photos were usully head and shoulders. Anyway there are a range of formats etc. Hasbe you looked on their website?

ShatnersBassoon Mon 26-Mar-12 10:26:13

Just get the print and choose a cheaper frame.

I wish schools would stick with traditional photos. I hate those naff 'modern' poses they put them in.

soverylucky Mon 26-Mar-12 10:26:24

Oh I hate those new style class photos - I am very, very, very old fashioned though. I am the same with Venture - all that catalogue posing with props - just looks pathetic imo. Fine if you look like a model but most people don't. I like the formality of a school class photo. Luckily at dd school they do both.

take the photo yourself, in their school uniform. problem solved

ShatnersBassoon Mon 26-Mar-12 10:27:29

YANBU, by the way. It's a lot of money, and what on earth do people do with whole class photos? I've never seen one on display in anyone's house.

ElphabaisWicked Mon 26-Mar-12 10:31:33

I refuse to buy those fancy class photos on principle. They are far too expansive as you say difficult to frame and I HATE HATE HATE to see pictures of children in school uniform with no shoes on.

I understand the photos of the hockey teach/school choir etc with props but again WHERE ARE THE SHOES?

I do have one of my dd's class last year but only becasue they messed a friends order up so sent her an extra free copy of some of the photos by way of compensation and she gave me one.

startail Mon 26-Mar-12 10:32:04

I don't mind the new style individual photos. My slightly theatrical DD2's are quite fun.

But the new class photos are a real pain. They are just too big and too expensive.
I wish they'd stick to normal sized prints that fit in my album.

ElphabaisWicked Mon 26-Mar-12 10:32:41

You can't get a cheaper frame Shatners, they are not atstandard size, you would have to get a fram specially made. They are long and thin and come in a rolled up tube.

BusinessTrills Mon 26-Mar-12 10:34:35

YANBU to not want to pay £29.

So don't buy it.

Same as anything else that you think is not worth the money.

startail Mon 26-Mar-12 10:35:03

Yes no shoes looks silly, DD is kneeling in her arty one and you can't see her feet.

I guess they stand on something white.

picnicbasketcase Mon 26-Mar-12 10:38:33

YANBU. I'm another who detests those long modern class pictures and refuse to buy them. If they would still do the formal ones of the class standing in rows tidily I probably would. I simply don't want to see my DC lounging about on the floor with their feet propped up on some random kid's head while another one rolls marbles at the teacher, or whatever the fuck they do in them. Awful bloody things.

familyj Mon 26-Mar-12 10:39:43

We had them one year. Complete waste of money. I just brought the photo thinking I could put 2 together in a frame. They are not even the same size as each other.
Thankfully school has seen sense and is bback on traditional ones .

ShatnersBassoon Mon 26-Mar-12 10:40:39

Ah, I didn't know they were a weird shape as well. That's rubbish.

Kayzr Mon 26-Mar-12 10:40:53

I just got the print of it and got a cheap frame.

They are far too expensive, however can't comment on the style as not familiar with it.

PiedWagtail Mon 26-Mar-12 10:42:36

PolarBear - I'm talking about whole class pics not the individual ones (and we also have the squint close ups as well for those, which drive me insane - I want a nice pic of the kids in their uniform, not a Venture-type rip off shot hmm)

PiedWagtail Mon 26-Mar-12 10:43:00

Thanks all - glad I'm not alone in thinking this!!

ElphabaisWicked Mon 26-Mar-12 10:47:12

Our individual school photos are also arty. Dd hugging a telegraph pole and ds swinging off a rusty metal gate was one year, the previosu year was dd sitting cross legged in a circle (sports marking) on a concrete playground or photos taken on the school field with the sun causing too much glare.

I just want a nice tradidional phot of my children in school uniform.

Clawdy Mon 26-Mar-12 10:53:52

The photographers were in at the toddler group two weeks ago. The photos are £30 for a pack of three 8"by6",all the same shot. They took several(admittedly lovely)shots of each child but they could only be bought in threes. One mum was looking at a 3 beautiful pictures of her baby and toddler, 2 individual and one together. When she asked if it would be possible to have one copy of each for £30,she was told no. As she could not afford £90,she had to buy just one pack. How unfair is that?

lazylula Mon 26-Mar-12 10:56:46

I just got the print for ds1's reception one as a memory for him. I will then get the year 6 leavers one and will do the same for the other 2.
I am a little hmm with ds1's school at the mo as they only had their individual ones done last month and they were ordered last week, then on wed we get a letter home saying that they are having owls visit this week and they will have photos taken with them. I may not have ordered the normal one as the owl one would be a bit different had I have known!

Hassled Mon 26-Mar-12 10:56:54

We had the same class photos last year - I quite like the concept but not being prepared to go beyond the £12.50 mark I'm left with something that needs a magnifying glass to identify a child's face. And what you can detect is that the kids all look very self conscious in their arty faux-casual poses - give me a bog-standard/tall kids at the back please class photo anyday.

LoonyRationalist Mon 26-Mar-12 10:57:36

I agree with everyone else, the school can't please everyone.
DD1 started school this year & I was shocked at the price of the (very poor) photos. (If they had been "modern" photos I wouldn't even have thought about buying them though) DH has taken a better one of DD1 as a record of her first year at home with the added advantage that I could print loads for family for the grand price of £2.50. Her class teachers take photos regularly & put them in her learning journal & this is a much nicer record of her with her friends anyway so I haven't bothered with the class one either.

We had a really odd photo this year, the class had to run and jump and skip and they took "movement" shots.

It was, well bloody awful tbh

My ds2 was jumping up with his eyes screwed up and his mouth open.

That cost me £30 angry

I just want a pic of the class lined up in their uniform smiling, surely not too much to ask for a CLASS PHOTO angry

Mrsjay Mon 26-Mar-12 11:54:41

My dds tempest photo was Brushed up this year shock she has acne on her picture not a spot in sight , I didnt know what to think about it I suppose they touch up photies , I think if you want to but photies just get the prints and dont worry about the fancy frames , why would anybody want a whole class photo every year <dunno> My eldest has a leaving school photo with her year its huge and ive nowhere really to put it ,

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