Frustrated with School Photos

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Frustrated with School Photos

So I got DD2's school photos today, though they are absolutely adorable I feel a bit ripped off, I paid $85 to get the pictures on disc when I look at them 1/2 are OOF and the colour on them is inconsistent and a bit cool (like she did no PP). I don't want a retake cause I think it really is an issue with the photographer so I won't get anything better. I really don't know what to do, any advice?

Also she didn't include a release with the photos, but the order form says that I can print and share them, very unprofessional. I really don't like the fact that everyone thinks they can be a photographer.

I'll try to post them to get some advice on fixing them up later.

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i think school photos are severely lacking in quality and creativity these days. it's rare to even get a kid to smile and look at the camera in the setting they create, i've never seen great school photos, LOL. What you are getting is probably the same kinda stuff you'd get at Sears or JCP studios....every photo they snapped, pre-edit work. When we sell photos we just sell the editted ones that are the best of the best...but when we used to use studios we literally would get a CD of EVERY pic that was snapped, whether it was in focus, or horrible. You'll probably have to invest your own time to edit them :/

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Ya, Randy's werehorrible. We didn't even bother to order Ruthies. I feel bad, but I don't think they were that great. I like capturing HER for who she is.

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Thing is it isn't the same old school snaps, I'd be happy with that cause I know what to expect (I have a 12 year old who has both hockey and school photos from those big corporations). It is a small local "professional" her ideas are great her quality is lacking and business sense doesn't exist. The school Natalie is in is a Montessori with not a large number of students.

Last year I didn't even get photos cause Natalie was uncooperative (that I can understand), they never came back for retakes, so my opinion of this photographer is just getting worse each year.

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Ok I so it gets worse, now I have a blank CD, cause when she burned the CD she didn't close the session properly. I'm going to be demanding some sort of refund for at least part of the photos, I really shouldn't be having to go though this much crap over a CD of photos.

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Ok so after a bit of blood sweat and tears, ok maybe I am being a bit dramatic, I have recovered the pictures of Natalie. Unfortunately I couldn't get the class picture back so I mentioned this to the schools administrator and I have requested that the photographer gives me another copy of the class photo free of charge, I honestly don't think that is an unreasonable request.

If I am not confident in myself doing portraits next fall I may see if my BFF's mom will do some for me, she did photography as a hobby for years, then worked in a store studio (like Sears) for a few years before retiring. She also has a beautiful large yard great for doing outdoor shots.

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Things aren't much better in the UK. My boys had their school photos done about a month ago now and although my eldest boys was nice enough and the one of both of them was ok, my middle boy was pulling a face on his. Thankfully I had taken them out the week before and taken my own photos. I didn't order any of the school photos, even if I did feel slightly bad. My own photos were far better because I KNOW my own kids.

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Ok so just maybe you might be thinking "she's crazy" for complaining, but I paid $85 for 6 photos that were burned improperly, I am currently missing 1/6 because of this. Also I don't believe these to be professional quality. I will give her a couple of things she did get eye contact with the camera and her idea with the wagon is ADORABLE!

They are a little clearer now that they are shrunk down but the focus doesn't seem to be on the face. All the pictures had different light levels, look at the leafs in the background.

Even my 12 year old said "it's a bit blurry".

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The yard these were taken in is big, I think I would have moved the children away from the bushes a bit more and put the plants OOF leaving bokeh in the the background. In #2 I think the bit of branch beside her head is distracting.

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Oh and here is the CD they came on, isn't this professional? Guess $15 - $30 for a label kit was a bit pricey for her.

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If I had paid 85 bucks for those I would not be a happy camper. I am NO PRO, nor do I claim to be, and even my photos look better than that. Sad I agree the first one is badly OOF on her face. What a shame! Do you think you'll be able to salvage them in PS?

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I should be able to fix it, I just hate that I have to fix photos that I paid that much for.

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Yeah, that's pretty bad, all right. Sad Instead of trying to fix these photos, why not just take her out somewhere yourself and get something special? I bet you could do a great job!