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To hate modern 'class' photos?

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plantsitter Mon 09-May-16 16:24:40

Where's the sense of occasion? Why are they doing cheesy poses in socks? What exactly is wrong with the class in the school hall so you actually know where they are??

(I might be feeling sore cos they grouped my admittedly tall DD with all the shortest kids and she looks like Gargantua...)

BeYourselfUnlessUCanBeAUnicorn Mon 09-May-16 16:28:44

You'll get loads of replies telling you class photos are rubbish anyway etc etc.

But, YANBU. I hate them. Stupid sizes too. When DS started school I was pleased to see the old style traditional class photo, all in rows, back ones stood on a bench, front ones crossed legged. Then they changed it and now they do the stupid long ones in random groups of 4 in silly poses. I'll need to buy DD's this year but I don't like them.

Pinkheart5915 Mon 09-May-16 16:30:09

Cheesy poses in socks 😂😂😂

I have no experience of this as my ds is only a baby.
My nephew (12) has very formal school photos alone in his blazer and in the school hall just like I did when at school

WordGetsAround Mon 09-May-16 16:30:38

I completely agree. They are so annoying!

pilates Mon 09-May-16 16:34:14

I agree. It makes me cringe.

AFingerofFudge Mon 09-May-16 16:34:30

A few years ago our school converted to doing these type of photos. They were really cheesy with a few kids holding various "props" to do with whatever themes they'd covered that year.

Obviously some parent complained that their child wasn't holding something so now they're even more ridiculous with every child holding some ginormous poster or random cuddly toy or a map. You can barely make out the children's faces for the riot of colour and busyness. Ridiculous.

And yes, I still buy them blush

plantsitter Mon 09-May-16 16:35:08

You would think that school photographers would up their game really because it's quite easy to take a good photo these days. If I'm paying 15 quid (£15!!) For a photo I want it to be bloody good, or capture a place/moment like nothing else which these photoshopped things don't at all.

Vaara Mon 09-May-16 16:36:47

Oh god no ours are completely formal!

With added teacher in a suit looking stern, having vigorously brushed everyone's hair beforehand smile

plantsitter Mon 09-May-16 16:38:59

That's what I want Vaara. Maybe I'm stuck in the eighties wink

Ameliablue Mon 09-May-16 16:39:47

Yanbu, I hate the format of ours.

ConfuciousSayWhat Mon 09-May-16 16:42:47

We complained to the school about this when they experimented badly, turns out everyone complained and so we get the nice traditional ones :-)

herecomethepotatoes Mon 09-May-16 16:45:46

What do you mean "in socks"?

Our eldest is 4 and at our school it's 'traditional' but 8 goofy smiles and at best 3/4 of the children looking at the camera. I love them.

member Mon 09-May-16 16:47:58

They tried the new style composite groups of 4 or 5 for one year at dd's primary. The following year, they reverted to traditional. According to the school secretary, the new kind were NOT popular. Not sure if that meant people complained or that there weren't as many orders though!

CodyKing Mon 09-May-16 16:51:50

Sorry but I love the modern pictures!

Kids in socks - bright chairs - kids hiding under the chairs - silly faces -

School should be fun - not stuffy in rows with fake smiles - let them be kids!

My kids look awful in buttoned up shirt and well let's face it brushed hair - it's not what they look like day to day

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Mon 09-May-16 16:56:41

What fresh hell is this? New since my day (back in the Jurassic). This is one of the first hits on Google, from a professional photographer's site - is this what you mean?

[Image removed by MNHQ to protect identity of children]

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Mon 09-May-16 16:58:57

I don't like them because they look so staged and most of the children look uncomfortable in their forced fun poses.
Also, my son is very tall and he is always the only one kneeling.sad

MoonfaceAndSilky Mon 09-May-16 17:00:27

I hate the new ones too.
Last year one child had their hand on the teacher's shoulder shock wouldn't have happened in my day, tut, tut, grumble, grumble.

AllMyBestFriendsAreMetalheads Mon 09-May-16 17:00:41

I hate this too - and agree about socks!

I bought them when DD was in nursery and reception, and will again for year 6 but I don't really want any in between, they're far too expensive for what they are.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Mon 09-May-16 17:01:03

That's exactly it Gasp0de! It's actually four different photos merged into one.

plantsitter Mon 09-May-16 17:01:03

Wooah ours and this bad! Perhaps I should be grateful! Ours don't have the stupid props but otherwise similar to that yes. here come the potatoes I mean they take their shoes off.

I don't mind the silly poses too much it's just the fact that they are placed on a white background and the photo is taken in small groups and then stuck together. You don't get the sense of them as a group or of what the school looks like.

TinklyLittleLaugh Mon 09-May-16 17:03:41

Hmm, I quite like the new ones. Ours aren't as busy as that example though: not really any props.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Mon 09-May-16 17:05:44

I always wonder what the parents who buy these every school year do with them. They're not small. I suppose a frieze around the living room wall? or possibly every room if you have several children.

NoCapes Mon 09-May-16 17:07:23

Oh I've never seen anything like these - thank god!
Ours are in the playground, 3 rows, tall kids on benches at the back, average kids stood in the middle, and small kids on the floor at the from cross legged, teacher on either side smile lovely
I would not waste my money on one like that nonsense up-thread

NoCapes Mon 09-May-16 17:09:04

small kids at the front*

mummytime Mon 09-May-16 17:09:18

I never bought them when they started that. In fact there have been lots of school photos I didn't buy because: they were too expensive, silly or had used photo shop and distorted rather than enhanced the photos. Fortunately my DC all got sensible ones of the key year group/class photos to be mementos.

Middle DD had photos taken at Nursery that were quite expensive and I had no intention of buying, but they were so good that I did have to buy. For those the phtographer went in for some time, and caught natural poses.

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