I haven't seen a thread complaining about school pictures yet! lol
Not only are they SO expensive, I have to pay before I see the picture! What if it turns out horribly? Will they give me my money back?
What?!?! That is crazy. Will they let you get re-takes?
We get a proof first, and then we choose our package. They take them twice a year; once at the beginning, and then a spring picture with a bunny.
I usually buy the smallest package of school pictures (maybe $25?), simply because I want a couple and would like the class pic for ds.
I like spring pictures much more, we usually spend more money when they send the choices home first. I'm convinced they spend more time making sure kids are positioned correctly, smiling nicely and look nice and neat when they have to sell the pic to the parents afterward.
ETA: Addimom, in elementary school, Fall pictures are usually purchase before the picture is taken (they need it for their records) and Spring pictures are where you can see them first. It's pretty standard
We get a proof first as well. We then order our package. If we don't like the proof then we can request a retake. I always just get the cheapest package available (which is still like $30!) and then scan in a photo and print what I want. I'm always baffled by the million wallet size prints that are in all the packages...do people ever use them?
That is interesting. I did not realize that was a common practice. Gotta' say, I am glad our school doesn't do it that way.
It's annoying, and I know from being a teacher (at least at the schools I taught at), the records and cum files usually used the original picture and not a retake, if there was one.