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Senior Pictures $700??

Original post made by Rhonda, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 22, 2010

I read in another thread that senior pictures cost $700. What??!! Why? Can't we take our own pictures and submit them? I have a friend who's good with a camera.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Nobody could ever count on me to shell out $700 for pics...NOT!


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Posted by 2010 Amador parent
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

We didn't buy the professional package of photos last year, due to money constraints. Purchasing a photo package of your senior for $700 is up to you. The photo taken at the professional studio will go into the yearbook whether you purchase them or not. We found that there are many local professional photographers who offer reasonably priced senior portraits and do a wonderful job. There are options.


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Posted by sue
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

That is not ture. the only senior picture your child needs to take if for the yearbook. you don't have to purchase them either. you only have to pay for a sitting fee which if i remember is less than $30. I did that and then had a friend who had a good camera take more pictures of my daughter around town and in different outfits. Some people probably do pay $700 the choice is up to you.


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Posted by Jaime
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I agree with 2010 Amador Parent. People who want to spend that much on Senior Photos, it's up to them, but my husband would have flipped a nutty! We finally picked a local photographer (sounds like maybe the one mentioned in the other thread). They shot at two different locations with different outfits plus some in our home and we got them all on CD and printed them ourselves. Got them back in about a week, had all the prints made we'll need, total cost less than $175. And if we need to get more it's very inexpensive. For us, was definitely the way to go.


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Posted by Yep
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

As far as I understand it, the photo studio designated by the local high schools is contracted to take the senior photos for the yearbook, for free -- no cost to the senior's family. After that, packages are available for purchase, depending on how many fancy, involved poses the family wants and then the number and size of prints from those poses the family decides upon. Yes, indeedy, if a senior's family wants 5 different poses (cap-and-gown, tux or dark dress pose, "casual", "sporty", "interest-specific"), then the cost CAN soar to $700. Probably $175 for a fairly basic package is more the norm.


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Posted by FH Senior Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2010 at 7:40 am

My oldest son graduated from FH 6 years ago and his portraits cost me a good chunk of change back then about $265 for just 1 pose and 1 extra picture of his 2nd pose...at that time I thought it was a big amount but was not aware that we didnt need to actually purchase the pictures...I guess everything is out choice just never thought of looking for another alternative. I have another child graduating this year and just ordered the package for $365 bucks which I thought was outrageous..thank you for all the suggestions posted here I will be going that route when my last child gets to be a senior I dont think pictures should cost that much what these companies do is take advantage of people but now I know better...just get your picture taken for the year book and get senior pics done elsewhere.. thanks for the info again...


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Posted by Hybrid Owner
a resident of Valley Trails
on Aug 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

The sitting fee at the local portrait company contracted by the schools for the yearbood photos is under $30. You pick a yearbook photo right after your photo shoot. Other than that, you do not have to purchase any of their photos. If you do want to purchase them the packages range from $130 to $495.

If someone can post the names & contact info of other portrait studios or photographers that would be helpful. I am not purchasing senior photos from the schools contracted studio.


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Posted by toni
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

Again, it is your choice to go crazy in your students Sr. year. Pictures is just one of many expenses. Don't compete w/anyone else, and remember college and weddings are in the future too. Our children will have a lifetime of memories with a digital camera and the yearbook is filled w/wonderful pictures that the studio provides for a $30 fee. P-town gets a bad rap of parents who are excessive and competitive. Just wait until June and the grad party season begins...


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Posted by Our experience
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

It was my understanding that the formal shot needed for the yearbook was free. Just go in and get it done.

If you wanted to have other pictures taken, it was a $50 sitting fee but no obligation to purchase any additional prints.

We were happy with the work of Pro Image in Dublin and purchased a package that fit our family's needs for photographs. Several years ago, I had worked for a high-end photographer in another state and found their quality and prices to be competitive.

It's a personal decision how to mark the high school graduation of a child with photographs. It's a traditionally big deal in my family. The high school graduation photo stays on the wall FOREVER in parents' and grandparents' homes.


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Posted by lyndalu
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

That's not true! My son is a senior and we just ordered his pictures and I only ended up spending $200. They have different packages to chose from, you can spend as much or as little as you want to.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Walgreen's can take a picture that you can submit for copy. sheeeesh...what is problem folks? duh...


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Posted by 2009 Amador parent
a resident of Mohr Park
on Aug 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

We were happy with the Pro Image pictures but decided it was most economical to purchase a CD from them... I believe we were able to choose two poses for around $100 (can't remember exactly) and then the pictures were ours to do with as we wished... e-mail to relatives, edit, print as many copies as we wanted. This isn't an option photographers advertise a lot, but we did the same with a family picture at Picture People this year and it was much cheaper to create photo montages ourselves and print at Costco.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm

bingo...problem solved!


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Posted by Educated
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 23, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I too was apalled by the prices they charged. You do have to pay just to have the picture taken. Plus Pro Image collects a fee that supposedly goes to the school to include the photo in the yearbook.

I have the price list in front of me, and the cheapest way I see to get a CD is to buy package "A" for $405, which includes low resolution (72 dpi) copies of up to 4 poses.

Bottom line...we will also be using an alternate local photographer.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 23, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Gee a $30 sitting fee just to be in the $85 yearbook... and that's just the beginning. It was tough writing that check last week after seeing last year's homage to self indulgence. Page after page of double page spreads devoted to a one student's extracurricular activities and then itty bitty team and club pix buried in the back? And the yearbook teacher proclaims it to be the best publication ever? And to add insult to injury... they hiked the price 15% year over year. The fundamental problem here is no one is guarding the cookie jar...


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Posted by Jeanine
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

My daughter graduates this year from Amador and we were surprised at how expensive most of the area photographers were with Senior photos. We shopped around and are glad we did. We got 75 poses that we can print as large as 16x20 in three different outfits in two different locations on CD and then had them printed at Walgreens. Got all the photos we need for now and if we need more later, we have the CD. We got the CD back in about a week and our entire cost was $150 for the CD and $23 for the prints. We used Affordable Portraits and were very happy with the pictures and the price. They have a website, I'll look for their card and post it when I find it.


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Posted by Jamie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:00 am

I noticed something similar in a middle school yearbook. There were two full pages devoted to one student's personal vacation photos. Meanwhile, there were kids who didn't have any photos of themselves at all. I'm assuming there are parents who volunteer, not to help the school, but to exploit their position by plastering their own child's photos all over the yearbook.
I have elementary school yearbooks which are basically personal albums of one volunteer's children. There are on average three photos of her children on every page. I volunteered to work on the yearbook and submitted photos I had taken of students, and she didn't use them (her kids weren't in those pictures.)


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Posted by blank
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 15, 2010 at 9:35 am

I have just been suckered into the senior photo scam.
I am shocked at the package prices. Photographers in this area are definitely taking advantage of an important year. Kevin Auyong's prices are absolutely ridiculous! For 4 poses you can get 10 pictures that have no retouching for 649.00. This does not iclude wallets. 10 pictures that can be anywhere from an 8 x 10 to a 3x5.
It does not feel right to be trapped in this scam. For an additional 200.00 + you can purchase wallets if your order is 650.00. I am undecided on what to do at this point since I don't want to break my seniors heart.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 15, 2010 at 10:42 am

Stacey is a registered user.

For that amount of money, ask for the copyright. You're commissioning the work; you should own it.


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