This morning I went with Clinton to have his Senior Pictures taken. The school is contracted with a certain studio, so you have to go there in order to have your picture in the yearbook. As is usual, they have each kid bring along 3 changes of clothes plus a prop that represents them. Clinton brought his drums, of course.
The picture for the yearbook has to be formal, so I had him wear a white shirt, tie, suit jacket and slacks. You know...it does a mother's heart wonders to see her son in a suit! He cleaned up really well. After that, he changed and had the rest of his pictures taken. I haven't had a school picture of him for the last two years, (I forgot it was picture day mom!), so I was really looking forward to these pictures. He smiled and everything.
Then, before you leave, they give you the brochure with the prices and tell you they'll call you in a week to look at the proofs. I about fell over. Seriously. Their packages range from $129 (the yearbook pose only...2 5x7's, 8 wallets) to $771 (8 poses, various sizes). In order to get a copy of all the shots taken in a digital file, you have to spend either $700 (for low resolution files) or $900 (for high resolution files). What the holy stinkin crap?!? $700?? $900?? Are they kidding? Do people really pay this much for pictures? Have you?
On our way home, Clinton was pointing out that they are only contracted with the "rich" schools. So, what about us normal families? Are we just screwed? It makes me really angry. I almost don't even want to go look at the pictures, because I know they'll be good and I also know I won't be able to get them.
I have been really wanting a digital SLR camera, but the $800+ price tag is WAY out of my league. For the price of those pictures, I could buy a camera and take them myself! Sheesh!