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ChristineC72
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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:44:23 PM
Holy cow! Just got my daughters senior proofs and the prices for these pictures are ridiculous! I have to take out a loan to purchase some pictures! Has anyone ever gone somewhere else to do the senior portraits? It would have to have the cap and gown and drape they use also. If so, please tell me where you went!

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Posted: 10/5/2013 8:49:13 PM
I found a photographer that was affordable. She took the shoots, edited them and gave them to me on a disk. All 77 of them. I was very pleased and loved the pictures.
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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:02:41 PM
Check with the policies of your school. My son's Senior Portraits were awfully expensive too, his school would only accept photos for the year book from that one particular photographer.

Perhaps you can price out the fun character (glamour shot type) photos from a different place?




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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:17:33 PM
We had to go to one particular photographer for the picture that will go in the yearbook. I am going to set up a photo shoot with another photographer, though, to get more pictures done. Not because of price, necessarily (although I'm sure I will go into shock paying for them), but because I'd rather support a local photographer than the school photographer (the photographer who took our yearbook pictures is really Lifetouch).


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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:19:15 PM
I am a serious amateur photographer and I took my own daughter's senior pictures after my daughter asked me to. We were both pleased with the result.


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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:31:35 PM
We just did my son's. A friend of mine is a professional photographer. Her session fee was the pricey part. The pictures are actually reasonable. She puts them all on smugmug. She also gave us a download of all the pictures and said we can print them where we like. So, maybe look for someone that doesn't make her money off the prints, but the session fee? Not sure if that would make them more reasonable. How much are you looking at for prints?


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Posted: 10/5/2013 9:43:07 PM
DH was laid off in August before DD started her senior year. We knew it might be coming and had prepared accordingly, but while we did have money budgeted for her senior "stuff", $2000 for senior portraits was NOT part of the deal, and we made that clear to her. She could choose the band trip to Disney and some other school activities OR she could get expensive senior pictures. She chose the activities, although she wasn't all that happy about it.

She got her yearbook picture taken at school like the other kids in her class.

I took her to JCPenney for her other portraits. We bought the senior package that included a few clothing changes and using her own props, although she also had access to some of the stuff they had. The package included a CD with a license to print whatever we wanted, and I could photoshop the prints, too. We also got to approve the shots as they were taken--if we didn't like one on the screen, they deleted it and took another. The photographer spent about an hour working with her.

The photography session was approximately $150, and after I photoshopped them and printed the ones we wanted, I had less than $225 in the whole deal. I couldn't find a photographer that would even take the pictures for less than $500, and they wanted outrageous prices for the prints on top of that. To get the same number of prints that we eventually got, it would have been at least $2000.

Of course, I'm sure they would have been amazing pictures, but honestly, I wouldn't have appreciated them enough to pay that for them, especially since it would have meant doing without things that were more important in the long run. I know DD was disappointed that she didn't get to have the big deal photo shoot, but I suggested she ask her friends who had graduated in the last 2 or 3 years if they were glad they spent so much on senior pictures. Without exception, the kids couldn't have cared less once they left for college.

If you have decent Photoshop skills, this kind of arrangement can work pretty well. I'm not an expert at Photoshop, but I was able to eliminate blemishes and even out her skin tone pretty easily, and I have to say that the end results were really nice.

Oh, and today we display ONE of her 8 x 10 pictures, and DD prefers the shots in her cap and gown that we took on graduation day (some in our back yard and some with her friends).

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Posted: 10/5/2013 10:50:44 PM
Our school uses the infamous "lifetouch" photos in the yearbook also, until your Senior year, then you may submit a Senior photo of your choice. I believe most yearbooks allow this.

It was funny, we just got my DS's Lifetouch photo's back...and he says..."sure, now that I am a senior, I actually LIKE this photo, and it won't be used!!" Made me laugh. Of course, we could use it...but no one does when you are a senior!



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Posted: 10/5/2013 11:13:20 PM

Our school uses the infamous "lifetouch" photos in the yearbook also, until your Senior year, then you may submit a Senior photo of your choice. I believe most yearbooks allow this.


Our school requires that you go to Prestige (aka Lifetouch) for the yearbook picture senior year. They also take a cap and gown photo during that session. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have done a great job this year of letting seniors know - we got what I assumed was just propaganda from the studio, then a 2nd letter that actually had an appointment time. When I called to reschedule the appointment to a more convenient date, the girl I talked to said they had been having a ton of no shows.

When I was in high school, we had to go to a particular photographer, but we got to wear what we wanted and choose the photo that went in the yearbook. For DD's yearbook, all the seniors are wearing the same thing. We did get to choose the one that will be in the yearbook. Still haven't ordered any of them.


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Posted: 10/6/2013 12:07:53 AM
My gosh, you people are scaring me! $2000? Seriously? That simply can't be true.

I made an appointment for my son's pics for Tuesday. The sitting fee is $125. That includes up to four outfit changes and we can do both indoor and outdoor shots. The session will probably take about two hours I think she said. I have NO idea how much the actual pics will cost though. They don't have those prices up. She said she would send them to me so I could get an idea, but I haven't seen anything yet. I know I don't want some huge packet. I'll probably want maybe two 8x10s, and then maybe a handful of 5x7s and a bunch of wallets. That really can't cost that much, can it? Please tell me it can't!

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Posted: 10/6/2013 12:33:12 AM
Ginger - we paid $400. That included a couple outfit changes (ds didn't want any), photos taken inside the studio and outside, and one 5x7 print of all 32 pictures in our gallery. We also received a download of all 32 pics and can re-print them where we wish. They are also all uploaded to smugmug and we pay about $5 for a 5x7.


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Posted: 10/6/2013 12:36:39 AM
Like one of the previous posters, my husband was laid off last year too, so our budget was very tight. Last year was my son's senior year so we had the mandatory Lifetouch portraits done for the school yearbook. We loved the pictures that came back but the smallest package was $350 for just a few pictures. The biggest package was more than $500! Well, I was a cheapskate even before my dh got laid off so I could not justify spending that much money on pictures. I hemmed and hawed and even began to order just a couple of prints (which would have cost me $150) and then a friend referred me to a lady who took family pictures for her. She is an amateur photographer who was working on building up her business. I made an appointment with her and we met her at a few outdoor areas in the industrial part of our town and she ended up taking some fantastic senior pictures of my son. She gave me a CD of the raw photos she took and about 25 of the ones she doctored up. I paid $45 for the photo shoot and the CD and $25 for the graduation announcements I had made at Walmart and another $10 dollars for the 8X10 and 5X7 prints I had made. The pictures were good, not amazing but I couldn't afford "amazing" photos, but I'm very satisfied with my decision to go with this photographer. So consider doing some research and finding someone who will take some semi-decent pictures and sell you a CD.

I'm glad I didn't cave in and buy the expensive Lifetouch pictures because my son went to a senior awards banquet/presentation at the end of the year and they had framed prints of everyone who received an award that night. At the end of the ceremony parents were invited to take the photo home of their child. So I have a copy of the "official" senior photo and a more realistic one done in a more natural element that I like much better and spent way less money on.







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Posted: 10/6/2013 12:55:05 AM
I bet you can find a local photographer to do them
much cheaper. We had my dds done and they were disappointing. Dark studio colors with fake sets. Is rather have done from outside. And the cheapest package was over $250. A single 8x10 was $75.


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Posted: 10/6/2013 6:18:26 AM
I live in Ireland where there is no such thing as a 'Yearbook'. I would have loved to have had one way back when - but didn't. As I sit here and read through the prices of your photos, I'm absolutely amazed that in this day and age the school gets away with 'telling' you where you have to go and lo' and behold it seems to be **the** most expensive place possible. Why do the parents not all get together and tell the school that they all can't afford to have their shots done with the $$$ guy and they will all be responsible for their children's photos. Does the school just want to make themselves look good or is it just what we call here 'jobs for the boys'?(this is for the 'politicians' who stay in their jobs because they all vote each other in again or get their friends jobs in well paid positions even though neither of the above are either doing their JOB or qualified for the particular job, IYKWIM). I think I would be rather annoyed if the school was putting me under duress to get photos taken that I couldn't afford.

I wonder would the parents over here stand up or would they let the school have the last word. Will the school not work with parents at all? It just seems like a whole heap of money on top of everything else


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Posted: 10/6/2013 7:20:00 AM
I took my daughter to Portrait Innovations ( got a coupon off their website) They let her do as many clothes changes as she wanted. They had the cap and Golan and drape ( we brought the tassle for the cap) They had really cute props and backgrounds. I literally got over an inch thick stack of photos 2 photobooks and a Cd with copyright to print any extras. It cost $180. We were very happy with them. They do not do touch up of the photos though so if you will need that this isn't the place.

My daughters friend who went to the schools photographer paid $150 session fee and $35 a picture.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 7:29:39 AM
Oh Cindi, that sounds so much more reasonable. I mean $400 is still a lot of money, but that was a figure I kind of had in my head for his pictures. I'm hoping that's about what I end up with. This will be the only time he's ever had truly professional photos and he's grown into such a handsome and wonderful man, so I do want some beautiful photos to commemorate that. I will not go nuts with some overblown package though as we really don't have a huge circle of family and friends that have to have enlargements. Plus, my ds is going to China this spring and I am already tapping myself out to pay for that trip. No way can I blow the budget with pics on top of that!

I agree with the pea who said it seems nuts that you HAVE to go to a certain photographer for the yearbook shot. I've never experienced that. They have guidelines about the shot itself, but you can have it taken anywhere.

I hope many of you will post these senior pics. I would love to see all of them.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 7:58:16 AM
I took my daughters (I do it on the side) and told her that if any of her friends couldn't afford senior pics, that I would do them (I told her not to advertise, just to listen and report back to me if she heard someone mention finances).

Have him ask his friends to see who they used. If you just want standard no nonsense portraits, I'd head to your local portrait studio.



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Posted: 10/6/2013 4:35:44 PM

As I sit here and read through the prices of your photos, I'm absolutely amazed that in this day and age the school gets away with 'telling' you where you have to go and lo' and behold it seems to be **the** most expensive place possible.
In my experience with schools that require a particular studio for the yearbook photo, you do not pay anything for it. They schedule a day for photos, you come in with hair/make-up done, and they take the photo just like every other grade level, except you have to wear the drape or whatever they are using to make the pictures look uniform. If you want to purchase photos, you can, but there is no charge for the yearbook shot. You are free to have any additional senior pictures taken by the photographer of your choice, but they won't be in the yearbook.

I have heard it explained that it is much simpler to do one photographer so that the backgrounds are consistent and all the "specs" are met for publishing. The photo studio provides the prints electronically to the yearbook publisher. The photos will be cropped correctly with the right resolution. Lighting and poses will be more consistent as well.

Also, there are NO copyright issues if you use just one studio. If you allow just any photographs, you would need to verify that the student obtained a photo release for the yearbook. While it may be common for photographers to include a yearbook release for the yearbook, it cannot be assumed and must be verified. Most schools have a "fair use" policy they have to follow for copyright issues, and if I were the yearbook coordinator, I would not want to have to run down releases for 400 or more seniors and verify that I had one on file for every senior picture I published.

ETA: Another compelling argument in favor of having one official yearbook photographer with the same outfit for each student is that it is much easier to avoid controversy over decisions about "proper attire". Some students will ALWAYS want to push the envelope, and while it is nice that they want to express their "individuality", not everything they want to do is appropriate for the yearbook. See Sexy picture banned and Picture of mom and baby banned from yearbook because it "promotes teen pregnancy" . Any time you let students express their individuality with regards to attire or "props", you are going to have to exercise judgment as to whether or not they are appropriate, and you will get criticized for either being too strict with what is allowed or not strict enough. Having a single photographer doing studio head shots with the drape eliminates the "judgment calls".

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Posted: 10/6/2013 4:41:56 PM
I take senior pics and charge $300.00. I do not provide prints but a Cd with 30-40 retouched photos and a print release. I probably undercharge but it works well for me!!

The students have their required yearbook photo taken by the school or another company of their choice and I do outdoor photos. They usually do about 4 outfit changes and we do 2-3 sites. Everyone so far (knock on wood) have loved their photos.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 4:57:50 PM
Cindy, if you were near me I would be calling you in a couple of years for my twins' pictures.

I couldn't find ANYTHING even remotely close to your prices when I was getting oldest DD's pictures taken.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 4:59:50 PM
The local photographer I use says her average senior spends around $1700 for pictures. Can you believe it? Several also use her stylist and makeup artist for another large fee.

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Posted: 10/6/2013 5:45:22 PM
Our school doesn't require you to use a specific photographer. You can use who you want or go with the free Lifetouch option. Which is the same photo used for student IDs.


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