I don't know if it's just the high school my kids attend or that things have changed dramatically over the last 24 years.
When my hubby and I were seniors in high school, we went to very nice studios, had dressing rooms to change in and do our hair and make-up , and the photographers took at least an hour to take several shots of us. The pictures were all so good that it was hard to choose which ones to order.
This year it was time for my daughters to have their senior pictures done. I spent a lot of money having their hair, eyebrows and make - up done. They were told to go to the school (?!) at a certain time for their appointments and when they got there, they were cattle herded through the typical Lifetouch paperwork. After they turned in their forms and paid their money, they sat in chairs waiting for twenty minutes then were told "Just go over to the park now." (?!) When they got there, the photographer and his assistant messed up their hairstyles and made them pose in five different unflattering ways. Needless to say, when we got the photographs , they were the worst pictures I'd ever seen of my daughters.
Yesterday, my daughters came home from school and told me that there'd been an announcement that today was the last day to have senior portraits re-done. I was like "That can't be right. Let me call the school ." So I called the school today at 11am and was told by the office secretary and then called the Lifetouch photographer at 11:30 am and was told by both that that yes, today was the last day and that they had to be taken at the park rather than a studio because they wanted the yearbook pictures to be "environmental." I was also told that the pictures were being taken between 2 and 5:30 pm and to check in at the school first. So I picked up my girls at noon which was the only time the hairdresser had available , ran around spending more money getting their hair done, told them not to worry about their eyebrows and had them do their own make-up. I drove by the park and thought it was strange that the photographers weren't there. Then I drove to the school and there was no one in the student union building. I called the office from my car and said "What's going on with the senior portraits now?" and was told "We made an announcement on the intercom at 2 pm today that they were cancelled."
Needless to say, I was ticked. The story gets even worse, but I'll leave it at this for now!
Please tell me not all senior portrait experiences are as bad as this one!