Did you think that school photographs are a MAJOR rip off? I most certainly do! In fact, I was torn between whether or not to get them for my little ones!
With four school-going children I couldn’t very well pick and choose who gets photos and who doesn’t- it’s not like I could simply get the most photogenic child’s pictures taken and forget about the rest… without being severely judged by society, and perhaps even God.
The School Photographs Con…It Never Ends!
You know what’s worse than the exorbitant price of school photos? Their even bigger cash grab at the end of it all!
First they take your money for these ridiculously priced photo packs- which you have to get so that your child isn’t the odd one out! Then MONTHS later when they FINALLY send home the photographs they attach perhaps the GREATEST GIMMICK their marketing team could have ever invented- ‘FUN PACKS’!
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Who Wants The ‘Fun’ Photos?
For as little as $20 per photo, you could be the proud owner of a ‘fun’ school photo of your child- they give you a username and password so that you can sample these photos prior to purchasing them!
The worst part about these photos is that they are glorious! They actually do capture the FUN side of your little one at school and there’s just something about the moment they’ve captured that is simply so much more relaxed, natural and really lovely.
They’re different to the classical face forward and smile that makes up the bulk of the standard school photos. There’s an element of mischief, a wilder happier smile and I can see why they market these photos as ‘fun’.
Don’t Do It!
Having said this though I do not want a bar of it! No way am I about to encourage this money heist! In fact, I strongly believe that if everyone just boycotted these additional ‘fun’ photos there’s a better chance of the photography company simply making them part of next year’s photoshoot- WITHOUT further jacking up the price… hopefully!
As it stands, I feel the very reason why they wait so long to mention these ‘fun’ photos is because they already realise that they can’t stretch parents any further financially at the time they launch these packs – that’s why they wait a few months! They hope that parents can recover a bit financially before hitting them with another massive expense.
Perhaps they hope that parents forget precisely how much their initial pack cost. Maybe they think we’re foolish enough not to add the price of the first package deal to the price of the new ‘fun’ pack and have a mini heart attack!
Don’t Hide It!
As wonderful as these photos truly are I’d much prefer them to be an option at the very start. They need to give me my choices all at once, ask me if I’d like a classical smile or a happy one from the very beginning rather than trying to hoodwink me.
If I fell for this trap where would it end exactly?! What if I received my ‘fun’ photos just in time for Christmas and they include a sample of a ‘Christmas pack’ that they sneakily took with the first photoshoot!?
Don’t Fall For It!
Nope, I’m not interested… well I am… but I’m not falling for it! Not for $20 per image per child, especially when they have already made an absolute KILLING!
Thank you, school photographers, but no thank you!
Take Our Own School Photographs
In fact, if I had my way I’d opt for a school ‘Photo Day’ event where all parents could come and capture their own child’s photos… for FREE! For heaven’s sake the time is going to be utilised anyway taking these photos, why not trial letting parents do it themselves… or even a school staff member- the school could even raise funds for the school or a charity by doing it that way!
Quick somebody, give me a seat at the P&C Committee, let’s make these photos happen!
Do you think school photographs are an overpriced con? What is the alternative? Do you usually get them? Tell us in the comments below.