Reason #163 Why I Take Lots Of Photos

REASON #163 WHY I TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS | Because most of the time school pictures don't tell the whole story.

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  1. Carolyn HP

    2012-05-08 14:21:01 -0400

    I actually love this, Lyn's comment is great, and made me laugh. I'm glad she didn't get too upset at seeing the finished product either... as my only worry would be her self-esteem if she only had this as a photo of herself to look back on in the future. I love how you are always taking photos, I do that for my sister a lot as I take most of the photos for our family. I am not usually sorry I took the photo even when the faces aren't happy as sometimes the moment is funny or needs to have a different perspective... as long as it's not because I've invaded their privacy. Hoping next year's school photo is better :)

  2. Pam

    2012-05-08 14:33:21 -0400

    Love school photos for this very reason! One year I got the photos and saw my son's shirt was on INSIDE OUT! I asked him if the photographer didn't mention it, and he replied"yes, but I didn't care" ha! That photo captured so many stories- what our mornings were like at that time (rushed), what his attitude was, etc.

    What did adorable and hilarious Anna say she was thinking?

  3. Christy

    2012-05-08 15:41:22 -0400

    I agree that school picture is not perfect than what we take ourselves or professional photographers. My son who is 12. The last few years was turned great except this year. His bangs was covered half of his eyes (I need to remind myself to get his hair cut before picture day) and he wear bike helmet on his way to school and mess his hair and he brush the wrong way (he does different than mine) so It does not look great. But he do not want do Retake in future date. I find that picture background always boring and same thing each year!

  4. HeatherOz

    2012-05-08 15:48:36 -0400

    That picture definitely needs a story to go with it! LOL
    So funny!

  5. rhonda nickol

    2012-05-08 15:48:50 -0400

    Ali, I love Anna's picture. For 3rd grade my mom curled my hair and then put my hair into 2 pony tails,one on each side of my head and as it turned out I had Nellie Olsen's hairdo exactly, not a fond memory at all. As the teacher passed out the pictures she even said my hair was just like Nellie's, I think I cried!

  6. Marie

    2012-05-08 17:24:01 -0400

    Haha the picture reminds me of a school picture of my brother who looked down and completely ignored the camera - why are school photographers soo naturally UNtalented at taking portraits of kids?! Well, looking at school photographs is always hilarious but I wouldn't want my grandchildren to see them :D

  7. elaine

    2012-05-08 17:42:29 -0400

    well... everyday can`t be sunny.

  8. Julie

    2012-05-08 17:47:45 -0400 cute is that!.

    I actually love it.

  9. Melissa

    2012-05-08 17:52:40 -0400

    THAT'S the one to use in her Senior yearbook ad!! ;P

  10. Jo

    2012-05-08 17:56:56 -0400

    I am a school photographer in England and these comments make interesting (and sad) reading. Trust me its hard to get every child to smile naturally when they're faced with a studio set up, big lights and all. I obviously cannot speak for all school photographers, but I do try to get the best shot I can of the child. I do look at my laptop and check the photo. If I'm not happy with it I'll take another. I wish that every child I'm photographing gets a perfect photo, but unfortunately that isn't going to happen 100% of the time. And you know what I go home and I remember those children I didn't get a good shot of and that makes me sad too.

  11. Melinda T

    2012-05-08 18:22:48 -0400

    Awww, still beautiful as ever, though!

  12. Jane

    2012-05-08 19:26:02 -0400

    Oh Ali we all have one (or more) of these (the world over!) LOL - in fact I've received one and thought OMG they can't get any worse than this can they? and, you guessed it, they sure do - the very next year!

  13. Michele

    2012-05-08 20:26:27 -0400

    That is the saddest face I have seen in a school picture.

  14. Cindy

    2012-05-08 20:53:57 -0400

    I can SO relate!!

  15. Tammy Davis

    2012-05-08 21:35:33 -0400

    This is too cute! I always bought the school pictures - no matter what. Now I have started the same thing with my little grandson. Can't wait to receive them!

  16. Mel

    2012-05-09 03:02:25 -0400

    This made my morning! I'm sure Anna will fully be able to appreciate in 10-15 all the photos you did take of her at this age once she looks back on this one!

  17. Karen

    2012-05-09 05:19:12 -0400

    Amen! I "saw the light" when my MIL removed the school portrait from the frame I gave her and replaced it with a photo I took of my child. Funny that I had to hear her say that my photos were better / captured the essence before I started to believe it myself.

  18. Irma P.

    2012-05-09 06:39:31 -0400

    she looks so shy :) I'd still purchase it though.
    My eldest son's school photos though... I had to have retakes taken, AND he still gives the school photographer a fake, one side of the lip turned up half smile. It looks so forced! Even on the retakes he does the same 'cheese smile'. I skipped two years worth of school pictures, because he is the most photogenic kid when I take them off-guard and he's not posing for me.

  19. cher

    2012-05-09 10:39:32 -0400

    but Alli...she is SOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty! I luv it!

  20. Jane Montgomery

    2012-05-09 10:56:11 -0400


  21. Debbie P

    2012-05-09 13:34:45 -0400

    She is so beautiful. I actually like this photo.

  22. MaryM

    2012-05-09 21:49:14 -0400

    I buy my son's school pictures every time, but I really don't understand how this company stays in business. Their work is not good. I have complained to the school and to the company, but it hasn't done any good. As guess taking (and paying) for bad school photos is just part of life.

  23. Jen Demmon

    2012-05-10 13:27:56 -0400

    It is a precious picture. My junior in High School has something go wrong with almost every school picture but they still get scrapped in one way or another. There is definitely a story in there somewhere that is begging to be scapped. :)

    Anna looks like she needs a hug from Mama!

  24. Crystal

    2012-05-11 10:33:27 -0400

    I agree. If I were 3 and some strange person came into school to take my picture, I would probably look the same way. We just got our school pictures back this week as well. One shot my daughter is not even looking at the camera. She smiles much better when I am behind the camera.

  25. tara pollard pakosta

    2012-05-18 09:10:32 -0400

    I have NEVER seen her look so shy and quiet, vulnerable.
    she's usually so vibrant and LOUD looking in pics!
    adorable still!

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