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To think the school are charging too much? School photos

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HelenaBuggeredItUp Thu 27-Nov-14 12:32:59

£60 for: 1 x A4 b&w print of siblings
1 x A4 print of class photo
1 x A4 sheet of DC1
1 x A4 sheet of DC2
1 x A4 sheet of a calendar with photo on on DC1 & DC2
4 x 4 postcards with tiny copy of sibling photo on photo paper with a crappy Christmas message and tree on.

The photos are on photo paper but didn't even come in those cardboard type frames. To add to the insult, they are not good fucking dreadful photos.

AIBU to feel like they are taking the piss?

How much were yours and what did you get for the money?

FrauHelgaMissMarpleandaChuckle Thu 27-Nov-14 12:36:08

I got a digital copy only - emailed to me - for about £20 and I then printed off as many as I wanted. That was Tempest, IIRC.

MrsPear Thu 27-Nov-14 12:37:08

I paid £10 for a lovely photo to be sent as a file to my computer which i shared with grandparents so that can print if they choose and to what size they want. I am still to order ours ... in fact his pre school one is not hung yet blush

WooWooOwl Thu 27-Nov-14 12:38:08

School photos are too expensive for what they are in my experience, but it's the companies that charge that much, not the school, although the schools do sometimes get commission to add to school funds.

One year when our school photos were very expensive, the school noticed that there were significantly less orders, and switched the company they used the following year.

If enough people tell the school they are unhappy with what is being offered by the company they use, then they might look for another one.

PrettyLittleMitty Thu 27-Nov-14 12:38:43

We have just paid £40 for 2xlarge photos, 4 medium photos and a sheet (9?) of passport sized photos. I think it's a rip off but it's ds1 first school pics so I felt I had to buy them, shocking photo too shock

RoganJosh Thu 27-Nov-14 12:39:45

That seems ok for the class photo too. Are there different packages though? We went for the cheapie option of one 7"x5" portait. It would have annoyed me to only have the £60 as an option.

BlinkAndMiss Thu 27-Nov-14 12:41:02

But it's the company who charges, not the school.

TicTicBOOM Thu 27-Nov-14 12:41:04

Ours were pretty reasonable. I paid £12 for a copy via email.

HelenaBuggeredItUp Thu 27-Nov-14 12:41:54

The photographer obviously wasn't very good at their job. All of them are bad.

iamdivergent Thu 27-Nov-14 12:46:20

We paid £33 for

1x extra large
2x large
4x medium
6x desk
12x passport sized plus the photo digitally

this is with Tempest and we only buy the photo of both children, never singly unless in first or last year at school

HelenaBuggeredItUp Thu 27-Nov-14 12:46:58

In the class photo only 3 kids are smiling and looking at the camera, even the teacher couldn't muster a smile.

HelenaBuggeredItUp Thu 27-Nov-14 12:55:52

No different packages but you can buy extra for another £59.

MrsMaker83 Thu 27-Nov-14 13:19:18

I would dress them in uniform and go to max speilman grin

Lindy2 Thu 27-Nov-14 13:32:37

Ours must have been quite reasonable then. I paid £15 for one large, two medium and four slightly smaller ones. They all came with cardboard mounts.
Obviously the price was pretty good but shame about DD1 clearly trying too hard to smile and ending up just showing her teeth in a really odd and slightly scary way!

Got99problems Thu 27-Nov-14 13:35:36

Sounds like a lot of photos for £60. Re: the quality, did you get a proof first? I just wouldn't have bought them! Bad that they don't have any other choice of package though.

NoLongerJustAShopGirl Thu 27-Nov-14 13:41:31

we just dress ours in uniform and take a pic on a sunny day against the brick wall of our house - they are ALWAYS better pics than the school ones which we don't bother with.

maz210 Thu 27-Nov-14 13:44:08

We've just had our school photos back so I can tell you exactly what we paid - £28.50 for one 7" x 10", two 7" x 5", two 5" x 3.5", four 3.5" x 2.5", nine mini prints and one 8" x 10" calendar.

That was the most expensive photo package - the others started at £9.50 for two 5" x 3.5".

I've been moaning that I had to buy two lots of photos - our school does individual photos and then one of siblings together but every year one or the other of my kids will look odd in the siblings photo and I end up having to buy the separate ones!

HelenaBuggeredItUp Thu 27-Nov-14 13:59:42

There is just 4 postcard type ones. Don't know why I wrote 4 x 4.

I don't think we will be buying them, and will do like others here say and take them to somewhere else to get the picture done.

nic013 Thu 27-Nov-14 14:12:43

I do the same as Shopgirl and take my own photos. I refuse to pay the prices for contrived photos with cheesy grins.

MiaowTheCat Thu 27-Nov-14 14:34:43

We spent a fair whack on the DDs' photo this year - because it was a really really nice shot of the pair of them together (which is bloody hard to get with two toddlers)... think we paid £33 in all for about 10 desk size photos, one really large one, about 3 middly-large ones and an assortment of random wallet sized ones that seem to come along for the ride anyway.

Wouldn't have paid out as much if it wasn't such a nice picture of them though, plus it was first year of preschool and "proper" photos as such and therefore a load of the relatives wanted copies. Photographer was really really good with the littlies though (I'd brought the younger sibling along) and took a good 15 minutes or so to try to get a really nice shot of the pair of them without one or the other gurning or wrestling or anything else my lot like to get up to.

toni74 Thu 27-Nov-14 14:37:27

We just paid 11.00 for keyring photos, but the photo was awful and did wonder why it was such an awful photo ..I dont know how many they take of each child eg one snap and then the next child...

ResIpsaLoquitur Thu 27-Nov-14 14:55:55

Does anyone remember that thread about a year ago when someone swore blind the schools were being bribed by the photo companies? IIRC she had some relative in the police and was going to blow the whole thing right open but we never heard any more.

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