The photography companies that take the school pictures have come up with the greatest marketing ploy ever to make you buy those photos. They send home the entire package, including plastic-coated key-ring photos, without you even ordering them.
No mother worth her salt is going to tell her child that he or she must return their own photo to school!
Or would she?
I told Walsh this morning that his spring photo wasn’t fantastic. I told him his hair needed to be cut and it was all in his eyes.
I didn’t say this to him, but he also has in the photo one big-boy front tooth next to a baby front tooth that looks a little crazy. His smile was forced and fake. Plus he was wearing a Halloween shirt in February.
I recognize that all of this is my own fault, except for the tooth and smile parts, because I didn’t pay attention to the spring photo date, but that doesn’t mean I have to pay $42 for five pages of bad photos. (I have plenty of beautiful photos of my son that we take at home.)
He put on fake tears at the breakfast table and told me I hurt his feelings.
I bought one page of the photos for $12 and sent the rest back.
If you don’t send them back in time you owe the full price for all five sheets of photos even though you didn’t ask for them.
Do you buy the school photo in the Fall and in the Spring? (They shoot twice a year now! Your order the Fall ones but the spring ones they just send on home.)
Do you think the photo companies are trying to guilt parents into buying or force them to pay for not returning in time?
Did you ever not buy your child’s school photos? Did you feel bad not buying them? Were their feelings hurt?
Do you find that the school photos are in general not very good? I get much better results with my kids when I take them in some place. I think they take more shots until they get a good one. With the school photos I think they take one or two and that’s it – kind of like the DMV.