What are Your Thoughts On School Portraits?

Canada
November 6, 2008 7:15am CST
Do you purchase a package every year for your child's school photos? Do you find it too expensive but purchase them anyway or do you find the prices quite reasonable for what you get? Do you find that your child does not change that much from year to year and so it is not worth buying them every year? Do you send them in Christmas Cards or give them as gifts? Perhaps you never purchase them.... Please share your thoughts on this with me! ~Heavens~
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16 responses
@luvstochat (6911)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I usually buy the portraits. I don't buy the biggest package they have usually the one that cost about $15 I love the fall pictures they take as you get bookmarks and things like that with them I have never bought the Christmas card kind I do send them in Christmas cards sometimes.
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
Wow you have a $15 package! That's great! For $16 we have a choice of either just one 8x10 or two 5x7 or an 8x10 calendar We can get four fridge magnets for $10 I like the idea of bookmarks but we don't have that option! The cheapest package is $25 It makes it harder to decide what you should really do but I do like to get them and put wallet size in family Christmas Cards and then I give larger sizes to the Grandparents sometimes! ~Heavens~
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I think our grandsons cheapest package was about $25 as well. Not this year I say. We pay and give pour daughter the majority of the photos when we do. We keep an 8x10 and 3x5 of each grandson. She gets the rest of the package usually. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
That's so nice of you Grandpa to help out your daughter that way! My parents have also helped to pay for packages in the past! ~Heavens~
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@my2boys (821)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I do purchase my childs school portraits. You are right. They are way too expensive but i normally buy the cheapest package. Children do change a lot from year to year and it is precious memories that one day you will be glad you spent the extra money for. You cant put a price on memories.
• Canada
6 Nov 08
You've made some great points here! I guess even if you just purchase one 8x10 or something like that it would be worth it! ~Heavens~
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@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
6 Nov 08
We are fortunate to not have too many people in the family, because we are able to buy the less expensive package. I do buy them every year, because though there is little change, I still like to have them to send in Christmas cards each year..
• United States
6 Nov 08
Oh I forgot, this year they started not charging for the "special" background which I thought was cool..Because it was 3.00 extra and back when I had three kids in school,t hat was an extra 9.00 we couldn't afford..So my son got a special background this year..
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
So glad you were able to get the special back ground! Ours is just the standard blue but they turned out so beautiful this year! I do want to try and scrape up some money for the smallest package but don't know if I can this year...things are really tight with my boys therapy costs! ~Heavens~ PS I love your new avatar!!!
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• United States
6 Nov 08
Oh I hope you are able to come up with the money heavens. The only time we didn't have the money, was for senior pictures and that is because those are outrageously expensive..And thank you for the avatar comment, a friend made it for me..
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@lynnemg (4536)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I do not buy the picture packets from the schools. I have more fun and I think better pictures when I take them myself. I have fun personaling the pictures. Earlie this year, I took my kids all around town to several different places to take pictures of them. We had a blast, and my family all loved the pictures.
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
That sounds like a lot of fun!!!! I love that but do like to get some professional photos done once in a while! ~Heavens~
@JUNGLE (1157)
• South Africa
6 Nov 08
I have been doing this for a very long time and I feel that it is very necessary.A child has to enjoy every bit of school life and all the trappings that go with it.In their formative years kids do not change very quickly from year to year,but this does not matter because this is not what these photos are all about.The price for this does'nt matter at all to me,because the joy I have for being a Parent is "Priceless".
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
Thanks so much JUNGLE for your heartfelt sentiments here! ~Heavens~
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@sunshine4 (8706)
• United States
6 Nov 08
At one time I had 4 children all in school, so the school portrait packages were very expensive when ordering 4. At that time, I decided to order the smallest package but it had to have a 5x7 and enough wallets to give grandmas and the 5 aunts. Ever since then, that is what I order. I dont' send them in Christmas cards. I get tons of Christmas cards with others kids pictures in them and they are nice to look at, but then what do I do with it? I usually throw it in a drawer because I would feel bad throwing it away. When my son graduated, I did get a bigger package. I still went with the 5x7 sizes because they are nicer than the huge ones. My goal is to have all 4 of my childrens graduation portraits on my wall....I still have years for that to happen.
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
Hello Sunshine!! I am so glad I just have the one to make my decision on but I did read this year that for families of three or more children only have to pay for the packages of two children if they are all the same package...That would be a huge savings, half price for four children which I think is great! I am beside myself this year trying to figure out how we can afford it this year because they turned out so well!! That will be lovely to have all of your children's Grad Photos on your wall when the time comes! It will show how proud you are of them!! ~Heavens~
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Back wen my children were in svhool we bought eh package deal all the timne. Now we have 2 grandsons in school and have bought the packages prior to this year. Now they are asking WAY too much for a small package. May as well wait and have them done at a studio like Sears etc for the Holidays. We just share the packages usually with our daughter. I have no idea if she sends any out as gifts etc. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• Canada
6 Nov 08
I know, it does seem so expensive now and almost makes you want to go to Walmart or something to get them done only my sons are so beautiful this year!! I've been known to buy reasonably priced frames and give some as gifts to the Grandparents and other close family members at times! ~Heavens~
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@carolscash (9498)
• United States
6 Nov 08
How odd that you asked this as I homeschool my kids and we just went today and had school portraits taken. There was a photographer at the library that took photos and we could buy packages. However, the packages were expensive as the photos were $7.00 per sheet. I was shocked! I did buy a few because we haven't had photos done is a couple of years. However, I will take the kids someplace else the next time. I will give these with Christmas cards,which I plan to mail Monday.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I buy them, but I get the smallest package available. I only give them to my close family, so I don't need a bunch of them. They get pretty expensive. He also gets Spring pictures taken and I like those better, so I buy a little bit bigger package of those.
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• Canada
9 Nov 08
Wow! Spring pictures too! that doesn't happen here and not when I was a kid either...they are only taken once a year in the fall unless you are in a graduationg year and then those are taken in the spring! ~Heavens~
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
10 Nov 08
The Spring ones are more casual. They give you different pose options and they have nice back grounds. It seems like the people that do the Spring ones spend more time making sure the pictures turn out looking good.
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• Canada
10 Nov 08
We have different pose options and backgrounds in the fall and it is the only time they are taken! ~Heavens~
@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I bought a full package last year when he was in Kindergarten and sent most of them to family overseas - The largest size is on our family portrait wall at home. I think it cost me $40 some dollars for several different sizes. This year I only purchased a few ($21) and will be sending them to his Grandparents and my siblings. They love it when I send photos of my son. Part of their Christmas pressie. It's quite funny how my hubby and I went all out when he first started school i.e. photos, fundraising and sorts only to find this year, we are pacing ourselves and only taking part in fundraising activities that don't cost too much money. It can become costly.
• Canada
7 Nov 08
It sure can get costly! So great to see you here, it has been a while since I've seen you! Thanks for stopping by! HUGS ~Heavens~
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Hugs :) Thanks heavenschild :) I've been busy with my part time job and sons activities at school. Just trying to squeeze in a few responses before I go to bed :)
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• Canada
8 Nov 08
I am so glad that all is well and that you stopped by my topic here! ~Heavens~
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
I get my sons' school photo packages every year. Before they started school, I would get their photos taken with Santa every year. I find the package prices too expensive, for sure. However, I have 3 sons, all in the same school, so I get a bit of a deal. The first 2 packages I pay for, and then the 3rd is free (assuming they are all the same package). Each year, I get the package that has three 5x7's and a few smaller sized ones as well. I keep one 5x7 for us, and then give the others to the grandparents. Well, the boys give them to them as xmas gifts. The photography company our school uses does a nice thing, and they give ALL of the students a copy of their class photo group shot to keep, for free. I think that's fantastic, because not everyone can afford to buy the pictures, and it really is nice for the kids to have those class photos to look on years later. I have all of mine from Kindergarten right up to high school, and as I get older, I really do appreciate them all the more. I will continue to purchase the boys' school photos every year, because I consider it to be a tradition now. Also, I have some really cute frames that have mattes in them, with printing underneath stating which year the picture is from. Soon I will be able to hang them up on the walls (they aren't full enough for my liking just yet, as the twins are only in grade 2, and the older boy in grade 4). It's a nice way to see the changes in the boys from year to year.
• Canada
8 Nov 08
I only have the one boy but our school has the same thing where the third and fourth student is free! That is nice that everyone gets a class photo...That is not so at my boys school unless you purchase a package..It can be the set of four fridge magnets for $10 but you have to make a purchase to get a class photo!I know the types of frames you are speaking of and wish I had one for my boy! I like to give as gifts as well but money is tight this year...for Junior Kindergarten I only purchased the Fridge magnets. This year I really wanted to get a proper package but my hours have been cut back at work and so to scrape up around around $25 for the smallest package is a stretch...That is an hour of therapy for my son...Tough decision to make this year!!! ~Heavens~
@chiyosan (30213)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
i have never experienced having a portrait sold in our school when i was studying we just didnt have it... i only think we have when we are at college annd that was during graduation. hehe
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• Canada
8 Nov 08
Hello chiyosan! That is interesting! So, you never had your picture taken at school by a photographer? I am Thirty and a photographer came to my school every year to take a picture of class and then every one's individual picture as well for the year book! You could then purchase picture and later in the year a yearbook! It is the same now with the photos being every year in around October at every school Elementary and High School and then Graduation Photos are taken for High Schools in the New Year! I do hope you purchased your College Grad photos then? ~Heavens~
@daceyp (327)
7 Nov 08
i do like to get them as you can see when the kids are older how much or little they have changed over the years.but my daughter this year didnt like her picture so told me i wasnt allowed to get it.another reason for not getting it was the price it has shot up so much from last year.but if she had of wanted it i would have found the money from somewhere.we do send my oldest daughters pictures to her grandad and aunt on her dads side as they live a few hundred miles away from us and dont see them.even though she doesnt have contact with her dad its nice for the others in her family to see what she is like.even now my mum has got all the pictures from myself and sisters when we were at school and we do cringe at the.one even got posted on facebook
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• Canada
8 Nov 08
They are nice to have as the years go by, My Mom has alot of mine still also and it i neat to see how I changed and some of my awful hairstyles in High School! I also have relatives that live many miles away and it is nice to send to them so that they have a little part in watching my boy grow.... I agree about the price which is why I am hard time deciding if I can afford it this year! Thanks so much for your reply here and Welcome to My Lot!! ~Heavens~
• United States
7 Nov 08
My mom never purchased our pics. When they let us take them home to show our mon we just kept them, but that was back in the days, i dont know what they are doing now a days. i think it is a way of getting money out of people, cause they are expensive. Why should you have to pay so much for a pic of your children you see them every day for free. I guess you can have one expensive kid pic to look at when you dont fell like looking at the real one. get you a nice camera do it your self you will be glad you did.
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• Canada
8 Nov 08
Welcome to My Lot galaxy999! I agree about taking your own, We have many photos of our son that we have taken ourselves and they are lovely as well! ~Heavens~
• United States
7 Nov 08
My Mom usually got a small package of photos so she could keep track of how we changed each year. But, I would highly recommend taking your children somewhere for professional photos. You can control what your child looks like right before the photo, and I think most professional studios have a lot more options. School pictures are great for everyday, but if you're going to send them out, you might as well make sure your child looks his or her best.
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
My boy looks amazing this year and they actually are professional from the school! Thanks so much for your suggestion! ~Heavens~
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
Hi heavens, I'm sorry to hear that you're having difficulty "figuring things out." The portraits of your son sound amazing, and I wish I had more I could offer you. I do think it's important to purchase some photos each year, if we can. I didn't end up getting my daughter's grade 7 ones, or last year's. I do regret this now, but it was just too hard financially at the time. I didn't bother with her's this year either, because the grad photos will be taken in the new year. I'm determined to get these, and have been told they're very costly. The good thing about them is, that you can order them for an extended period of time. Love and Hugs to you.
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• Canada
7 Nov 08
Yes Mom Grads are very expensive but I agree you must have them somehow! I also agree that it makes no sense to get two sets in one year and that is the most important one of the two for sure! Please read my response to Carmela in lieu of the salvation Army above! I think my boy will be quite happy at Christmas.... It is everyone else! HUGS ~Heavens~
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