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Do you all buy the photos they take of your kids at school? The ones they take at Tyler's school, at least, aren't the best quality in the world. Still, it seems there's something traditional about getting each year's photo.

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My girls aren't in school yet, but I think I will still buy them. They actually do year photos at daycare and I will buy them again this year. They aren't great, but it's cute to see them in there school setting. I won't buy a lot, just a couple for the scrapbooks, not to give to anyone else.

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I always buy just one for myself. I don't go out and buy the whole package. I don't think my pics are great quality yet, and I do like traditional photos every now and then. I used to not buy them b/c she didn't like strangers, so they were NEVER good. Now, she's just too cute to not buy them! Biggrin

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I don't any more. I stopped buying them the year I got my first DSLR. I take a posed photo of them around their birthday, that's my yearly photo of them. They do want keychains with their photo like the kind that's marketed with the school photos. So I plan on ordering them each one from a photo I've taken instead.

I do buy the class photo though.

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I would always buy them at preschool. But I was SO disappointed w/ the school pictures that I don't ever buy them. Like Gwen, I buy the class picture. That's purely for scrapbook purposes. I take Loli's picture ... well ... all the time, but we take an 'official' school picture right around his birthday which is usually pretty close to when they do the school pictures.

We order wallet prints to send to the grandparents, etc. Everyone seems just as happy (if not more so) than w/ the school pictures.

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this year was our first year. my daughter isn't in school yet but she's in daycare and they just got done taking pictures last week. I ordered the small package they offered. 3-4 different sizes of her posed picture and then a group picture. I still have yet to see the quality of it. But it's just for us so it's ok. I should probably start doing my own thing every year like Gwen does. That's a good idea but Mikael will not sit still for even once second. lol Smile

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My oldest just started kinder this year, so "school pics" are new to me and since I take so many pics of the girls all the time I only bought an 8x10. I will do that every year and put them all together in a scrapbook to put out at their graduation open houses.

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Lol! My daughter refuses to sit for anyone other than me. I bought her first fall and spring pictures (before she was 1) but haven't even had the opportunity to buy any others. I *might* think about buying them if they're cute. But other than that, no.

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My son has been very hard to photograph lately- so wiggly- but his school pictures turned out too cute to turn down (in my siggy pic). It was 30 bucks for the whole package... I'll admit I cheated and scanned the photo in and didn't drop the 50 bucks for the digital CD of ONE image. I won't be reprinting the photo.

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Jenn, that IS such an adorable pic! I thought you took it! Smile

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I always buy school pics. There is just something great about how terrible they are! I can't resist!

Jen, that pic is adorable, I agree! But after hearing that you scanned it in I would take it down. It is illegal and comes with a hefty fine and this is a public board. Plus not only did you scan it in which violates copyright, but it does appear (since it isn't marked and you post on a photo board) that you took it. $50 for a full res digital file is not more than average. I charge $60 with my current portfolio building discount and that is really considered low. Did you ask if you could purchase a low res watermarked image for use on the web? Most photographers will give these away if you purchased prints.

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I'm trying to get in touch with the studio that did Tyler's school pics. I'm trying to find out if different backgrounds are available because the one in the proof is awful. Tyler's wearing a red Gap t-shirt with the word "Gap" in blue and white stars, and the background has bright pink azaleas! The studio's website isn't very user friendly or informative, so I sent an email and am hoping for a response. I'm tempted to get the 8x10 just for the kitsch of it all. Smile I do like the idea of taking my own "school style" photo each year.

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Generally I try to honor copyright- to the point that this one photo of Daniel is the one professional photo of him ever taken, because I'd rather take mediocre pics myself and have the rights to edit them and make it look better.
I'd feel a tad guiltier if the photos didn't come back printed with a huge ugly brown line (probably a 5th of the picture... fortunately they took the picture with an odd enough crop that fixing it doesn't make it look to bad) on the bottom and HORRIBLE proofing done (I doubt they did any). What I wish I had done was bought the digital rights and NOT bought any printed photos- since apparently proofing and printing are something the company sucks at, I'd rather have done it myself. Unfortunately, I couldn't have known that until after the photos were delivered.
As for "taking credit" for the pic by including it in my siggy unmarked- I do feel bad for that, it was never my intent to make it look like I took the pic. I didn't think about the fact people would assume I took it. Since I never have advertised myself as a photographer (And never been paid as such, nor ever solicited free or paid work), and since the version you see looks very little like the crappy photo they gave me, I don't feel too bad for any implied ownership. It'll only be up another few weeks until I get another cute shot of him anyways.
(justify, justify, justify, blah blah blah...)