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    • bylromarha
    • By bylromarha 14th Jun 10, 10:34 PM
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    Ward Hendry informal class photos
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    • 14th Jun 10, 10:34 PM
    Ward Hendry informal class photos 14th Jun 10 at 10:34 PM
    Just wondered what opinions people had on this informal style of class photo?

    For those who don't know, the company take very Venture style photos. Groups of 3 or 4 kids from the same class have their photo taken playing together and then all the groups are photoshopped together onto the same picture

    Can't seem to find any examples online
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  • sare
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    • 14th Jun 10, 10:39 PM
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    • 14th Jun 10, 10:39 PM
    Haven't heard of Ward Henry, but Tempest do the same thing. Just had it done at the school I work at, and I have to say, I was impressed. Made the usual stuffy class photos much more fun and interesting.
    • Counting_Pennies
    • By Counting_Pennies 15th Jun 10, 8:25 AM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 8:25 AM
    We have had these for the last two years and are lovely.

    They all casually pose, some on the floor, others with arms on others shoulders and teachers still in the middle with children gathered round them.

    Taken in groups of 5/6 then put together in a line.
  • lizzie dripping
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    • 15th Jun 10, 9:30 AM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 9:30 AM
    Our school has just done these and although they are fun, I didn't like them enough to buy one.

    For a start they are quite a bit larger than the normal school photo and buying a frame would be trickier. Most people seemed to buy the framed version which would have made it more expensive.

    The decider was that the group that my son was photographed in are all quite a bit shorter than him so he was hunched over which looked odd and none of them were friends of his.

    I'm not sure if the school are going to do it again next year, the feedback was mixed.
  • Gemmy
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    • 15th Jun 10, 9:47 AM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 9:47 AM
    Is it something like this:
    http://www.stompinggroundphoto.com/Reinventing_the_School_Portrait/School_Portraits_by_Stomping_Ground_|_Reinventing_ the_School_Picture_|_Serving_the_Greater_NYC_Area, _Los_Angeles,_Washington_DC,_Philadelphia,_Boston, _Atlanta,_and_Phoenix.html

    only I'm pretty sure this is American
  • pinkpig08
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    • 15th Jun 10, 10:11 AM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 10:11 AM
    My sons school has just done these. I like them, although as mentioned before it depends whether your child is actually with their friends! Ours also says 'Class of 2010' on the photo which is very Americanised.

    Edit: Gemmy - it's similar to that - the kids are in groups of 5 or 6 and a couple have their arms around each others shoulders, a couple have their arms folded and stand back to back etc. Then the 4 or 5 photos which make up the class are all put together on 1 photo. 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom on ours, all on an angle.
    Last edited by pinkpig08; 15-06-2010 at 10:14 AM.
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    • shellsuit
    • By shellsuit 15th Jun 10, 10:18 AM
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    My son had one of these taken in yr 7 ~ it was the lads in his Rugby team and it's a lovely shot!

    I bought it, bought a frame and gave it to my Dad from my son for his birthday, he loves it.
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    • shellsuit
    • By shellsuit 15th Jun 10, 10:21 AM
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    • 15th Jun 10, 10:21 AM
    Is it something like this you mean?

    http://www.ward-hendry.com/flash.html

    Sorry, click portraits, then freestyle and it will show.
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    • bylromarha
    • By bylromarha 15th Jun 10, 10:30 AM
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    Is it something like this you mean?

    http://www.ward-hendry.com/flash.html

    Sorry, click portraits, then freestyle and it will show.
    Originally posted by shellsuit
    That's the one!

    I couldn't navigate away from the ward hendry home page last night for some reason
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  • Jo_R
    We've just had these done too, hadn't seen class photos in that style but really liked it! I was a bit confused when I asked DD1 about her class piccy as she'd said they only went in in groups of 4/5 but when I saw the photo it made sense. It's quite aesthetically pleasing, they grouped together the girls in check dresses separately from those in blouses and skirts/trousers so it flows really well, as well as the unusual poses.

    IIRC the 'basic' class photo without frame is 10 so a little more pricey than you might be used to.
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  • Kelinik
    We've had these this year, the school said they were going with something different as it's their 50th anniversary this year - not so different after all it seems!
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  • izzybusy23
    We have had these for the last two years and are lovely.

    They all casually pose, some on the floor, others with arms on others shoulders and teachers still in the middle with children gathered round them.

    Taken in groups of 5/6 then put together in a line.
    Originally posted by Counting_Pennies
    My DD's school has just had one similar... all in a line, some leaning on the others shoulders, some with their arms around the others shoulders, teachers sitting on the floor with some children sitting on their laps and other children laying on the floor etc.. really casual and some kids are laughing on it (my dd included) and its so much nicer than the individual blue background ones.

    I highly rate it!

    Edited to say, our photo's say name of school and class of 2010 on the bottom... ours aren't ward henry though
    Last edited by izzybusy23; 15-06-2010 at 2:26 PM.
  • angelicmary85
    My neice had one like this done when she was in nursery.

    There was one kid on a bike, another reading a book, someone doing something else..it's a really nice photo!
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  • Millie's Mum
    This has just reminded me about my Daughters school class photos, they do it 'traditional' style but one of the teachers/parents/assistants takes the pics rather than a company and then they sell them at the school summer fair for about 3.50, good idea for fundraising if anyone is on the PTA and wants to suggest the idea at their school.
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    • ellay864
    • By ellay864 15th Jun 10, 4:35 PM
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    They look great...wish my sons had had this as an option for their photos...I might have got a smile!!
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    • eamon
    • By eamon 15th Jun 10, 10:24 PM
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    This was discussed on Jeremy Vine (R2). No consensus was reached. Younger parents i.e. below 35 yo favoured this newer format and older parents the more traditional all school/year/class photograph, brushed hair and smart uniform approach. Think you can probably listen to the program again via iplayer
    • bylromarha
    • By bylromarha 15th Jun 10, 11:01 PM
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    I caught bits on iplayer and all I heard was negative comments.

    I saw my friends photo last year and loved it and after listening to Mr Vine thought I was in the minority. Hence the question!
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  • izzybusy23
    I caught bits on iplayer and all I heard was negative comments.

    I saw my friends photo last year and loved it and after listening to Mr Vine thought I was in the minority. Hence the question!
    Originally posted by bylromarha
    This is what my DD's school photo is like; I think they look great:-

    http://www.epicschools.co.uk/class.html
    • flippin36
    • By flippin36 16th Jun 10, 1:54 PM
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    They do look great but neither me nor my daughter was interested in buying one. They came in a large frame to go on the wall and couldn't really see the appeal of having other peoples kids on display in my living room. Its probably just me though .
    • michelefauk
    • By michelefauk 16th Jun 10, 2:54 PM
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    I have to say I HATE these type of photos! I work in a primary school and ours school has done them the informal way for the past couple of years, and again the feedback is mixed.

    I dont really get it , why would you want children holding umberellas or cheerleaders pompoms? And as a member of staff I had to half lie on the floor propped up on one elbow with a child grinning in my ear! Awful stuff, I much prefer the old style pic with 3 rows of children and the teacher in the middle! The photographer has had to come back both years and retake all 14 classes photos as they were so bad the first time round, the staff pic is awful too, we all look different sizes and some peoples heads are twice the size of the person next to them, due to the editing of putting together different groups shot seperately.
    Maybe I am just old-fashioned!
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