In these financially challenging days it is only natural clients want the absolute best value for their hard earned dollar as possible for every purchase made. This is the time of year portrait studios are buzzing with activity. The major holidays are just around the corner and we all begin to focus on what really is important in life, our families and relationships.
School portraits are a tradition here in the states. Never mind the poor quality photo delivered, nor the high prices. After all, our children are only in the same grade for only one year, well, eh we certainly hope so, don’t we? We are also hoping the past year is not a new tradition being established with our budgets and finances.
Most everyone has a point and shoot camera, even if the budget cannot afford it, no matter most of the features on the phone will never be used. The old product was simply discarded for the latest tech savvy features we absolutely could not live any longer without. All those digital photos are to what avail? School Portraits were designed to capture a moment of time in our children’s lives. Looking at those photos fifty years into the future will bring back fresh memories of the space in time when that photo was taken. The school, the photographer, the experience, the outfit, hair style and clothing trends, and yes, even the music of the period can be reclaimed if only for a moment. The point and shoot will never recapture the memories from the school year, teacher nor fellow students, all be it a way to preserve growth stages through the years.
Instead of opting out of purchasing the annual school photos, I highly recommend scheduling a local portrait studio over the large impersonal photography corporations. The smaller organization will be local and able to handle any service issues which may arise. Most importantly, the prices tend not to be overly inflated to cover CEO salaries, and other expenditures large corporations need to recover. It will also help serve to stimulate your local economy.
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