Question: I would like to ask why our seniors are obligated to have their pictures done at only one place. Last year it was not that bad, as the seniors could pay $120 and get not only three changes but also an on-location shoot AND purchase a CD with more than 175 pictures and have them printed out somewhere else for less than $75. This year, you pay the $120 for two changes, and a picture outside at his studio. An on-location shoot is more than $300 and that does not even include the pictures--if you want them on a CD, you can only get 10 pictures for $175. His prices are now over the top and unaffordable. Next year, it is high time we start to act like ALL other local high schools and allow our students to do their OWN senior pictures. The way I see this is you are making money for one man and robbing the parents of seniors who are already paying a lot of money for everything seniors do to graduate including, for most students, a very expensive party at the end of the year. This really needs to be addressed before next year.
Answer: Thank you for your question. First, to clarify, seniors are NOT obligated to get their senior portraits taken with John Viscosi, Broadalbin-Perth's official yearbook photographer. However, senior portraits for the yearbook must be taken by Mr. Viscosi, who offers a free sitting with two or three poses to all seniors at the high school each year. This year, Mr. Viscosi will be at the high school on Thursday, Sept. 20. Seniors should see me to set up an appointment.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept senior portraits from other studios for a few reasons. In the past, when we let seniors bring their own portraits to school to submit to the yearbook, portraits sometimes never made their way to us from home, and seniors were left out of the yearbook. Also, using Mr. Viscosi as our official photographer allows us to have the composites of each class hung in the hallway behind the cafeteria.
To summarize, seniors are not obligated to pay anything for a senior portrait to appear in the yearbook. Families can choose what studio to use for their child's senior portraits. I apologize for the confusion and we'll try to be more clear about senior photos next year.
- answered by Wendy Carroll, yearbook adviser