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Has anyone heard of this company? http://www.sugarfree-photo.com Every year we pay for the usual school photos (all pretty expensive!) However a new company has taken over and they are astron… Read More
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
Has anyone heard of this company?

http://www.sugarfree-photo.com

Every year we pay for the usual school photos (all pretty expensive!) However a new company has taken over and they are astronomical in their cost!! 1 - 6"x4" is £10!!!! A CD of the 16 images taken is £195!!!! (although this week only, yeah right, the cd can be bought for £80!!)

Single prints:

6x4 - £9.95

7x5 - £12.95

8x6 - £16.95

10x7 - £24.95

Don't get me wrong, i know if we went to Venturer etc, we would pay a lot more, but these are school photos!

Can anyone tell me if this is the going rate or not and whether i should dig deep as there are approx 11 images in total and of which we like approx 5 of them. So 5 x photos is going to prove expensive from them

We're thinking about getting the CD and geting our images printed at an online photo shop - is this the best/cost-effective way?
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7y, 2m agoPosted 7 years, 2 months ago
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#1
You know what i decided today? That i am not going to buy anymore of the kids school pictures. I took some pics of the kids with my own camera and they look fab (printed them out yesturday at Jessops) Also have been in tesco today looking at them. You can get a 8x 12 (around a4 size - might have size wrong) for £1.99 with a border, i am going to do them myself from now on.
#2
School photo's = stupidity tax
#3
The school gets a big cut.
#4
Purely for the fact that they are stating £80 for a bl**dy CD, let alone £195, I wouldn't buy anything from them! :x

I understand that the school gets a cut but that is crazy, I could maybe expect to pay that much if the photographers came to my house to photograph one child but they will be setting up for one day to photograph approximately 400-500 children - I thought they should give a bulk discount :w00t:

I thought our photos were expensive, but they were my son's first school photos so I bought a set (though I may well buy them other years too) - think it cost £27 for 1 reasonable size one, 2 small ones and 2 magnets/1 keyring
#5
I think schools using companies like that should feel thoroughly ashamed with themselves.
Parents ought to get together after school one day in the sun and take a lovely photo of them all sat on the grass. Bet it would look great.
#6
Ouch! Thats disgusting!
I sometimes buy the packs, if the teachers have been nice enough to make sure my kids hair isn't all over the place (they take the photos after dinner usually, whats that all about?!) but I've never paid more than £25 a pack, and that generally includes 1 8x10, 2 5x7, 4 3x5 and a number of passport photos.
#7
School photos are a rip off, get the kids to pose against a back drop in their school uniform, invite their close friends too

Take photos and pass them gifts at cost price
#8
We just paid £21 roughly for a selection of photos, one big one, 4 smaller ones (8x6) several passport and bookmarks. Good deal at that price but the OP offer is expensive. At that price I would do it myself.
#9
We can buy a class photo every year which is £3.50 if i remember right. I always get this one as i love to look back at my own ones.
The individual ones we can buy for around £25 for a set or a single one for £8-9. I bought both my kids ones the 1st year they were there and wont buy anymore as i find they are not very good anyway.

I would never pay those prices you stated - complain to the school and if they get a fair few they may rethink who they have in the future!
#10
Don't pay that price. It is very expensive and very overpriced. School should cancel the contract and use a reputable school photographer with reasonable prices.
#11
Our school doesn't get a cut and photo's are reasonable. I paid £17 for one large, 2 medium, 4 small, 4 passport and 4 bookmarks. Query this price with the school!
#12
My kids had their photo's taken by this company not long ago and I thought they were amazing far better than their usual school pics. Also although the photo's start at about £10 you can get a pack of 8 which include two 10x7 prints two 7x5 and four 5x3.5 for £29.95, but I opted for the CD so I could print as many as I wanted and it also included the pack as well for £80.
#13
lol, if you wanna pic of your little ones in their school uniform take it in the morning before they leave............jeeees
#14
cheese77
My kids had their photo's taken by this company not long ago and I thought they were amazing far better than their usual school pics. Also although the photo's start at about £10 you can get a pack of 8 which include two 10x7 prints two 7x5 and four 5x3.5 for £29.95, but I opted for the CD so I could print as many as I wanted and it also included the pack as well for £80.

lmao they saw you coming, you got mugged.
#15
Buy a DSLR and do it yourself. Will save loads in the longer term, esp if you have multiple kiddies.
banned#16
TUSSFC
Buy a DSLR and do it yourself. Will save loads in the longer term, esp if you have multiple kiddies.


how do you get a class photo when a lot of schools now won't allow photography?

Of course, having said that, school photo's = rip off

Edited By: colinsunderland on Aug 02, 2010 12:47:
banned#17
TUSSFC
Buy a DSLR and do it yourself. Will save loads in the longer term, esp if you have multiple kiddies.


I did this after walking into a Venture and nearly choking at the prices, picture type and frame we wanted was £700. We should have known when the sales lady started talking finance options before prices!

Anyway I bought a DSLR and now have prints that even a pro photographer I know was impressed by. I will be doing the annual portraits myself as I can control every aspect from image type to my Son's hair and it won't cost me anything other than printing costs.

A decent compact should suffice for most wanting to do a school photograph on the cheap too.
#18
I buy a small copy
scan at a high res then use online photo places to make copies
30x 6x4 and 2 x A4 cost £4 odd using a code the other week for my sister
#19
One of the Dads actually does the photography for ours sons school. The school were also fed up with the prices, so allowed him to come in and do it. He charges very low prices to just about cover his costs & make a small amount for the time it takes him to do.

You wouldn't notice any difference.

My partner also has a DSLR (although she's selling it) and can get similar results.
#20
go into boots/mothercare when they are doign the £5/£7 a photo promo....get the kids in their uniform and bobs your uncle

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