50,000 school portraits later…
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I’d like to thank the generations of Moab parents and students for purchasing school portraits from Perpetual Images over the past 34 years. For the first time since 1983, we are not doing Grand County’s school portraits.

For 34 years, I was required to bid for the job against massive national companies and others from out of town. I won the bid every time. This year, with no notice and no competitive bidding, the job was simply handed to an out-of-town company. We were not even given the opportunity to match or beat their services and prices.

In the 1980s, the school job made it possible to stay in business during some lean economic times in Moab. I’ve enjoyed watching Moab’s schoolchildren mature through the years. I watched them progress through the grades, graduate, become parents, and even grandparents of children I photographed recently in the schools. Seeing children develop often remarkable resemblances to their parents whom I had photographed as youngsters was downright entertaining.

While I would have liked to provide school portraits for another year or two, the considerable amount of time normally spent on that job has allowed me to develop other aspects of the business this year. I want all Moab parents (and the kids) to know how much I enjoyed taking your school pictures.

I truly appreciate your business and friendships in my 34 years of providing Grand County’s school portraits. I know many of those images are treasured and will be passed to future generations.

—Frank Mendonca

Moab

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