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Does anyone else never buy school photos?

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nappyaddict Tue 22-Oct-13 17:33:42

Even if they are good. When I told my friend they looked at me like this shock

They aren't even that expensive - £18 for two 10 x 7, two 5 x 7 and four 5 x 3.5 prints or £12 for one 10 x 7 print.

I'm just not a fan of photos in front of a white background. I prefer them to be in a real setting, whether that be the house, the garden, the park etc.

SuperiorCat Tue 22-Oct-13 17:36:41

Too expensive, I buy the group photo in Reception and Y6 as that is a nice momento for them but that is it.

reddaisy Tue 22-Oct-13 17:37:04

I think this is going to be me! DD has just started school and her first photo was only ok. We take much nicer ones ourselves so I think I will save our money but I do feel a bit weird about it.

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 22-Oct-13 17:42:53

I wish I could be strong and not buy them but my mother always bought our photos and I'd feel bad if I didn't.

FuckyNellItsHalloween Tue 22-Oct-13 17:45:57

I buy end of year 2 and 6 class photos. They are never displayed, I don't like my kids that much thlgrin

They are placed in my album to be aired at a later appropriate date. When a boyfriend/girlfriend shows up or some such.

Tubemole1 Tue 22-Oct-13 17:57:03

I rarely do, because they tend to make my beautiful girl look hideous. They usually take the photo after lunch so despite my careful efforts she will have her dinner on her jumper or sauce on her chin, or her hair is messy. If it was taken first thing in the morning there would be a greater chance I would buy.

picnicbasketcase Tue 22-Oct-13 18:02:19

I buy them if they're 'important', like the first or last ones at a school. Never buy class group ones though. But otherwise no, they're too expensive and manage to capture my gorgeous children (not biased honest) pulling the most unattractive facial expressions. They usually end up looking either like they're snarling or mid-fart.

bigTillyMint Tue 22-Oct-13 18:04:44

I used to, but they are so expensive now (twice what the OP quoted), and not that flattering of my teens who don't get taken together so it costs twice the price.

Dontletthemgetyoudown Tue 22-Oct-13 18:05:37

We've never had a good school pic. Three children and the photos have all been bad in one way or another. I wouldn't display them if I brought them so I just save the proof in with the other loose photos.

MirandaWest Tue 22-Oct-13 18:07:36

I haven't bought any individual ones - always buy the class ones.

nappyaddict Tue 22-Oct-13 18:08:26

Why wouldn't you display them? Because they are bad pics, or because you just don't display photos in your house?

Snowlike Tue 22-Oct-13 18:44:48

I don't buy them, I have plenty of pics of my kids and hideous pics taken by a crap photographer, are not something I want to display. I prefer my kids in their own clothes pics in uniforms leave me cold.

FuckyNellItsHalloween Tue 22-Oct-13 18:59:35

I just don't display photos. I do have one of the dc on my bedside table though.

I do however have 10 large photo albums!

frogwatcher42 Tue 22-Oct-13 19:01:33

We don't. They are always awful and we keep the sample which gives the kids a good idea of what they looked like at that age at school.

My mum would make the right noises if I gave her one, but deep down they are such dreadful photos I don't think anyone in their right mind displays them.

WereTricksPotter Tue 22-Oct-13 19:02:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Leeds2 Tue 22-Oct-13 19:04:32

I bought a couple, if I liked them. Certainly not all of them.

I woud've bought all of the group photos, but DD's school never did them.

sparkle12mar08 Tue 22-Oct-13 19:07:26

Me. I've never bought one and doubt I ever will. Money for old rope frankly and they're never all that good.

teenagetantrums Tue 22-Oct-13 19:12:11

I used to get them for the grandparents they liked them but i had money then, wouldn't do it now.

Rowgtfc72 Tue 22-Oct-13 19:12:21

Always have till now.Taking DD to Max Speilman as its cheaper and I can make sure she isnt wearing her dinner!

movingaway Tue 22-Oct-13 19:13:30

I always do blush. I even like the rubbish ones, surely hideous school photos are a rite of passage?! Or maybe it's just because my parents never took photos, so the only photos we ever had of me and my siblings as children were the terrible school photos.

MuffCakes Tue 22-Oct-13 19:16:07

I did reception aged ones and I have kept the samples I just find them to expensive. My dc are strangly really photogenic and their pics are so beautiful but I'm not paying £18 for the budget set per child. Thats £36 for something i could take and print myself if I was so inclined to dress them up in uniform and prop them against a white wall.

ouryve Tue 22-Oct-13 19:16:10

They're a ripoff and usually have badly digitally superimposed backgrounds. The boys won't even go to get theirs taken, any more.

noramum Tue 22-Oct-13 20:19:02

We only buy the class photo.

For the individual ones they changed the photograph studio after the parents went amok last year, they we're absolutely awful. This year is a bit better but I can still do them equally good.

I also don't like the typical pose, it looks just too unnatural for me. Also DD looks like something dragged backwards through a hedge 1 hour after going out of the house so she never looks decent.

But ai also thi they are just too expensive.

notapizzaeater Tue 22-Oct-13 20:21:30

My friend dresses her son in uniform and goes off to a studio and has them retook, costs the same as the school photos and they are much much better photos.

Sparklingbrook Tue 22-Oct-13 20:24:09

I never buy them they are a huge rip off. We don't have pictures up in the house either.

When would you look at them really?

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