The School Photo – “I am sick of paying for school photos before I see them!”
Every year since my kids started preschool I have purchased the class and individual photo. When I would consider the option of not buying them, it just didn’t sit well and I would almost feel it my duty envisaging some stranger throwing a fistful of guilt at me, “you don’t want a photo of your child”?
Every year since my three kids have had a sibling photo together, my son Aidan has been disjointed from the other two stirring feelings of disappointment. This year I got tired of this photo not being perfect. After 3 years you would think I would have at least one good sibling picture. So this time I wrote on the payment envelope about my gripe and am now crossing my fingers awaiting the next batch of school photos to come home.
I’m annoyed. Why I am paying for photos before I see them, and while photo companies will tell you you can get a refund, we still get attached to that photo because it’s our kids! Yes yes I understand it can be difficult to collect all monies once the photos have been handed out, but in this age of technology, shouldn’t we be able to see our children’s pictures online before we purchase? Copyright concerns can be easily taken care of with water marks across the photos.
There is no excuse for a bad professional photo these days. With digital cameras the photographer gets to see on the fly what they are producing. I do think however that they should have some system in place which puts the last taken photo up onto a bigger screen where they can see facial expressions and the finer details that paying parents will be looking at, details that you can’t see on a tiny camera screen.
In the meantime I shall be crossing my fingers like thousands of other parents that the recent school photos taken will be worth the money. Above all, I want it to look as professional as it should, rather than taken by the parent volunteer on canteen duty that day, and I’m sure she takes an okay photo.