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When you order photographs....

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive April 2006: When you order photographs....
By Reds9298 on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 08:43 pm:

...do you include and buy for all the people in your family that would want one?

I'm just wondering what other people do. I'm not talking about Christmas time, just regular yearly (or more frequently, with a toddler) photos from a studio.

For instance, (outside of Christmas) we've usually gone to Sears for Natalie's pics. We end up spending around $75-$80, and of that we get a couple of enlargements, 2 wallets for ourselves, and maybe 1 or 2 others of different sizes. The rest are for our families (aunts, uncles, siblings, g'parents, and maybe 2 close friends). Is this how you do it when you order photos, or do you ask people what they want and make them pay for it?

I just wondered. I think some people are just picture people. We have photos ALL over our home...of us, Natalie, family. Just everywhere because we like it that way. I have a good friend who goes wherever and gets the basic $10 one-pose package and has one photo in her house. How much do you spend when you go places like Sears or Olan Mills, etc.?? AND, do you buy for everyone else??

By Tripletmom on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 08:58 pm:

I use to buy for everyone,but I dont anymore.Its gotten to expensive.I go to Sears.We have a mailbox etc.here and I take a copy in and they make copies for me.Its alot cheaper.I like to order the special effects ones from Sears and they cost alot more money. I spent $200.00 on the boys 1st pic and that was just for immediate family.Now I just order the what my DH and I want and make copies off of ours.

By Reds9298 on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 09:38 pm:

Specifically, this time *we* (DH and I) are getting 6 pictures of varying sizes for roughly $75-$80.

Tripletmom-So you scan them at Mailboxes, etc. and print them off? Isn't the print quality not so good? Just wondering.

By Tripletmom on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 09:47 pm:

The prints turn out just fine.The paper is a little bit thinner but the colour quality is there.Its cheaper for me to make copies and buy frames for them.You really can't tell the difference once there in a frame.It took me awhile to do this cuz I couldnt get past that I had to give everybody the best pic.Now when I visit family and you see the pic on the wall there's really no difference.It has saved me a ton of money.

By Marcia on Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 11:42 pm:

I used to take my girls to have their photos done, and I bought some for everyone. Now I take my own, and print them for those who want them.

By Kittycat_26 on Friday, April 7, 2006 - 07:44 am:

I thought pictures taken professionally were copyrighted. Every place I've ever tried to make copies of these type of pictures has refused because of that.

By Brandy on Friday, April 7, 2006 - 08:22 am:

Pics from those places are copyrighted and you shouldn't be able to get them copied that is a $10,000 fine to those places if someone finds out which should be ...that's terrible that places do that.It puts people out of business..although all you really have to do usually if you are getting pics from walmart-target-sears-jcps-olan mills is ask about a copyright release? not sure if they will release it or not though..?

To answer the question though whenever we used to have pics done we would buy for everyone except for once i think and now my mom usually buys the 1st set of school pics..we usually try to do them on our own too though now...

For example the boys just had their 2nd set done at school (spring set) and just because they are so darn cute i have to get some lol..i will usually only pay for a few then though because they are way too much..another thing is Nick is in baseball they are getting their pics taken next sat.i will have to buy some of those too lol so just because we take pics doesn't mean i don't have to have ones everyone else takes = ) but i'm not going to go copy them i'm going to a.pay for them or b.everyone won't get one whatever they do after they get them is up to them but i think it's wrong to copy them

sorry this turned into a book = )

By Tripletmom on Friday, April 7, 2006 - 01:44 pm:

I've never had a problem copying them.Nobody at this location as ever said no they couldnt do it.I did ask Sears about buying the disk at my boys 3mth pic and she told me it wasn't the greastest quality so I didnt buy it.It is a huge conveince for me doing it this way.Just like people who download music from the Internet and people who copy movies.I get my pictures copied.Its really no big deal to me and its up to the place to decide weather they want to take the risk or not.It makes me wonder why a place would take a risk for a fine.I didnt know there was a fine for copying pictures.As long as they want to copy them I will continue to do so.

By Reds9298 on Friday, April 7, 2006 - 02:44 pm:

That's right there is a big copyright thing...I completely forgot about that. I tried to copy a professional wedding photo at Walmart one day and they nearly had a cow. (That was before I knew.) I'm surprised that Mailboxes lets you do it also because they are pretty big chain.

Tripletmom-I asked about the CD from Sears and it's over $200!!!!!!! She said they are the real thing and professional quality but really! Maybe a professional photog I would buy it, but Sears is not that professional IMO.

I guess this is normal to buy for everyone?? I just added some more so now I'm up to $100. I don't mind really, I just wondered if this what people "normally" do.

By Kay on Friday, April 7, 2006 - 02:59 pm:

To the original question - I always ordered a package of photos to give to family members. I always ended up with more than I needed, so I now have tons of those photos in files (it has been nice, though, when doing scrapbooks for the kids).

About the copyright issue - just remember that whether or not we agree with the law, any fines that a business may receive will be passed down to the consumer by way of raised prices.

By Breann on Friday, April 7, 2006 - 08:07 pm:

We buy the cd, which includes all rights to the pics. Then we can email and print all we want. Even at wal-mart :)

By Boxzgrl on Friday, April 7, 2006 - 09:08 pm:

I buy the cd and email pictures. If they want prints, there's a link in the email they can use to order them.

By Reds9298 on Friday, April 7, 2006 - 10:47 pm:

So what cd do you mean? Where do you go? Do you pay $200 for the cd and go from there?

I would love to do the cd and print through snapfish (my fave photo place), but it's $200!!

By Dawnk777 on Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 12:56 am:

Sears is just as entitled to that copyright, as the photo studio down the street.

Photographers have won $100,000 settlements in court, due to copyright rules, according to photojournalist hubby.

By Reds9298 on Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 08:26 am:

Oh Dawn I know...I was just wondering if the people above who mentioned they bought the cd paid $200 (wherever they had pics taken). I guess my question then is, after hearing about people buying the cd , so you don't mind spending $200 on the cd and then ordering your prints wherever? That's what I meant.

By Insaneusmcwife on Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 09:35 am:

I get the disk at walmart and the standard package. Thats it. If I need more I cheat and go to a second Walmart. But thats usually only when we are doing the picture for the holidays. Other wise I just email the pictures to the grandparents and they print them off from the computer. Otherwise they might never get them as I am horrible about sending off photos. That reminds me I still haven't done their 4 & 8 year photos.

By Insaneusmcwife on Saturday, April 8, 2006 - 09:37 am:

Oh and the disc at walmart is only like $10 I think.


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