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If you look on the wall of any mother's home you will find cherished memories framed for every year. No matter how silly the photo, school
photographs are remembered for a lifetime. Like most things that have a deep rooted tradition, technology has made elementary school pictures
much more exciting. Many schools go with the traditional school pose for their fall program. But did you know a lot of schools use spring pictures
as a fund raiser and have fun doing it?
Things to Consider when Choosing an Elementary School Photographer
Before you can think about how school photography can be a great fund raiser, you first have to choose the right photographer. For school
photographers in New York, most decisions are made by the administrative staff, while others are left to the PTO or PTA. However, with school
staffs being spread so thin these days, many schools are leaving the decision to the PTO.
There are so many school photographers available today that the decision to choose a school photographer can be a difficult one. A school
photographer in New York is going to have a different program than a local company in a small town.
Listen to word of mouth. Good school photographers will have people talking about them. They will also have a good selection of experienced,
professional school photographers to run your school picture day. It is always good to take a look at the company's website to see their overall
Something else to consider when choosing a photographer is who is actually taking the school pictures. You might want to ask for sample pictures
taken by the actual photographers who will be at your school picture day. Many schools ask to meet the photographers who will be working at their
school, which isn't a bad idea. You want a photographer who will allow the kids to relax, because when kids are relaxed they take better pictures.
This in turn leads to parents who are satisfied with their school pictures.
Another consideration when selecting a photography company is how much work will be required of the school.
Many companies provide all the staff needed for picture day and require no volunteers from the school. When a company takes most of the work
off of the school they are well valued.
Other photographers prefer teacher and parent volunteer involvement on picture day. There is a rational explanation for this, that the parents and
staff know the students better. However, if your photographer is experienced in taking elementary school pictures, the kids will warm up to them
very quickly. Plus, parents are not experienced in running a school picture day, that should be the job of the school photographer.
Most fall pictures are done through a pre-pay program, meaning order forms are sent home in advance and parents choose the photo package they
want and send it back with the money before the pictures are taken. This is the most efficient way to handle the process and reduces waste from
photo packages that are sent home never to be purchased. Our program allow parents to choose out of 32 backgrounds and 20 pose choices - best
selection in New York for prepaid system.
AMC PHOTO school photographers offer a proof program as well, which allows the parents to see the photos before placing an order. However,
most schools find that proof programs for fall elementary school pictures are not worth the hassle.
Some schools run special "family photo day" sessions as fund raisers, typically held in the spring. With these programs, families pay a sitting fee
that usually goes to the school ($10-$20). After the family pictures are taken the families preview their photos and choose what to purchase.
AMC PHOTO allow one FREE family picture day per school per year.
Most spring photo programs will be tailored to meet the needs of the school and can be great school fund raising ideas. That said, they can be time
consuming and as with any school fund raiser, schools need to weigh the time and effort against the amount of money that can be raised.
The beauty of digital photography is the ability to decrease the need for retakes. Now, a school photographer can snap a picture and look on a
screen to see if the child's eyes are closed or if it is a bad picture.
The other great thing about digital is the amount of custom products that are available. Nowadays, a photographer can take one image and crop it
multiple ways so it looks like different poses were taken. If you combine that with green screen technology, the possibilities are endless.
AMC PHOTO make the digital images available to reorder additional products and pictures within 10 years from the picture day date. AMC
PHOTO actually sell the digital proof images with a limited copyright release for 4x6 printing as well as High Resolution images with copyright
release for non commercial use.
Quality is Key
I have seen some pretty poor elementary school pictures over the years, which leads me to the most important factor when choosing your school
School portraits are a time honored tradition and they are part of growing up. You need to make sure the photos that are taken are worthy of
hanging on a parent's wall for the next 30 years or more. If there is one thing that every principal I have ever met states is most important, it is
quality school pictures.
There are many good school photographers in New York and across the country. You do not have to settle for low quality school pictures in front
of a grey background.
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Choosing Elementary School and Senior Portraits Photographers
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