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School Pictures

Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 2:54 PM

School photos are coming up. But seriously, am I the only one who thinks they are outrageously overpriced? Why can't our local photographers be offered a chance to perform this service like they do with all of the athletic photos? They could rotate each year so that they each get a chance at the larger schools. I just think its crazy what it costs. What do you think?


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I completely agree that our local photographers should be offered the chance to do school photos. I do not generally order school photo packages for a variety of reasons, including the prices! They could rotate each year or they could bid each year or bid for two year contracts so the district doesn't have to constantly deal with the bidding process.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 9:23 PM

I also agree. We have skilled folks in town that would do a super job. Keeping that money local would be a good thing!

-- Posted by The Hammer on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 12:43 PM

Why are formal pictures, taken by professionals, really good for. Can't grandma display a candid or home taken picture that actually shows the kids with some personality?

-- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 6:36 PM

I also think the pictures are very expensive. Also you are stuck with pictures you don't need, and sizes that are crazy. You have to pick some package that you may only need the 1 5x7 but you get 4, but you need a 3x5 and don't get any AHHH,

-- Posted by Toodles712 on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 9:12 AM

I also agree. The price of the pictures has kept increasing and I have since stopped buying them. There are MANY here and in the surrounding area that are VERY skilled and could do a great job for a cheaper price and it would help them with income and help keep the money right here in our area! Lets please bring this up at school board meetings!!!

-- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 11:44 AM

For the quality of the pictures you get, you could take any number of high school students, send them to the different schools for the day, and have them take pictures with digital cameras. Then take a day or two in class (whatever class it may be-an art class, etc) and have them crop, photoshop, or whatever they want to do to them to make them "professional" looking. And they'd do a much better job, and the pictures would be much more innovative than a stupid grey background.

Fifty bucks for physical pictures that will hang in some hallway for a year? Who cares. Digital copies are much more in tune with the times. You can get photo paper at wal mart or staples for five bucks if you want to print them out to frame.

I have thought since I was a kid picture day was stupid, and not because I hate sitting there in that awkward position for ten seconds, but because for what you get, you could have your blind grandmother take the picture.

-- Posted by jlees on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 3:22 AM

I think this is a great idea to offer this to local photographers. The prices are way out of line for what you get with the current companies. And the elementary kids at least are getting the traditional pictures in the fall and the "spring pictures" later in the year. They are nice but we have decided to quit ordering the fall ones due to prices and then getting the nicer ones in the spring. By the way, when Quattlebaum's did the baseball pictures i was very impressed with the quality, and the pricing. She offered packages and also the photo CD which gives you so much more flexibility. And and all at a very reasonable price. So if the school doesn't care to offer this to the local photographers, one or more of them should run a special where they have a few days available for kids portraits at a reduced price than a full photo session... just an idea. I bet the turnout would be huge.

-- Posted by Spencer Lifer on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 8:46 AM


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My name is Leah Cauthron. I was born and raised on a farm near Cushing, Iowa. My parents still live there. I am a conservative Catholic. I have been married to Randy for 22 years and we have six children. I received my degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Wyoming College and as a mother of six and a daycare mom, I have used probable cause, reasonable doubt, search and seizure, Miranda rights, submission, arrest and interrogation technique as a part of my daily life. I can also shoot a .357 magnum with deadly accuracy. I have lots of opinions on lots of things. I am not an expert on anything but I read a lot and will gladly share that information if I find it accurate. I have a sarcastic nature and for the most part I have pretty thick skin and most things don't bother me for long. I don't like mudslinging or name calling so keep negativity of the personal nature to yourself. Enjoy and welcome to my opinion.
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