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May 8, 2012

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.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Oh my goodness, have we ever seen Anna looking like this, she must be used to just her mama taking her picture. Almost seems like she’s trying NOT to smile. How big she looks in this photo.

    I like the grumpy pants photo you shared also. Great shot of her and her shadow, loved her cute outfit also.

    Thanks Ali for this post, made me smile!

  • 2.
    Shirley said…

    OHHHHHH I have one of those pictures. My expression is exactly like that. The funny thing is I remember more about that school picture and the story behind it than any other one. I think I was in 2nd grade.

  • 3.
    Michelle B said…

    My little Zooey (1 years old) did not get her spring daycare pictures taken. I guess she took one look at the photographer and took off screaming! The staff told me that she is probably “camera shy”. I just laughed… she is the most photographed kid ever! I am always in her face with my big camera. I think the situation or the photographer made her upset. Oh well…saved me some money because I didn’t have to buy the package of not-so-great school photos.

  • 4.
    Amy said…


  • 5.
    Jill Kane said…

    I didn’t recognize her – seriously, thought it was someone else’s child until I read the caption.

  • 6.
    Amy said…

    My sister has a school picture with a similar expression. Of course, it is the picture that we all remember and it is the ONE with the story!

  • 7.
    Lisa W. said…

    OH my…this is to cute, AND to funny. What a little sour face. What is it with school “pics” I just have never like them!!! Thanks for making us smile!!!

  • 8.
    Cheri said…

    What did that mean photographer say to her? She looks like she is about to bust out in tears!

  • 9.
    Susi from Germany said…


  • 10.
    Ruby C said…

    She is so pretty, even though she looks very uncertain about why she has to sit so still for a photo. Maybe that photographer just doesn’t know what he’s doing. LOL!

  • 11.
    Raquel said…

    Too funny! I have a similar one (more tears, though) of my then 3 year old.

  • 12.
    laura g. said…

    ohmygosh!!! that doesn’t even look like anna! anna is a smiling whirlwind!!

  • 13.
    MK Hennigan said…

    So true, if we had to rely on school pics to tell the stories of our lives mine would be a sad tale. Such a sweet picture anyway, love a girl with spunk and spirit. I have two of them myself and I would ask for nothing more. Keep telling and sharing your stories with us.

  • 14.
    Melanie said…

    OMWord how sweet!

  • 15.

    oh but they do tell stories. just from a different perspective. it’s a beautiful picture of beautiful big girl anna-pants. xox

  • 16.
    Michelle L said…

    I’ve never gotten a good school photo of either of my boys! It’s always something! LOL
    She’s super cute though!

  • 17.
    Catherine said…

    This will be a family classic! Oh my.

  • 18.
    {vicki} said…

    How True!
    School pictures are the worst!
    But I buy them anyway!~

  • 19.
    Pat Baker said…

    I remember one little boy at the elementary school where I worked who would purposely make a quirky face for his school picture every year. Needless to say, his mother was not amused!

  • 20.
    Miranda said…

    Hahahahaha! Great post!

  • 21.
    Amy said…

    we are VERY lucky at our school to have a local photographer take the kid’s pictures and NOT Lifetouch. They are 100 times better for the same price.
    Although that photo of Anna is priceless! That face!!

  • 22.
    Jeanette said…

    Awww…still an adorable photo!!!

  • 23.
    Sarah K said…

    One of mine had a school picture that looked terrible…when I asked him why he made that face….he replied with, “I was trying to look old.” Whoops :P

  • 24.
    madeline St onge said…

    Never seen Anna grumpy, but she still looks cute Ali

  • 25.
    amy said…

    aw. the little peanut! she still looks pretty cute. :)

  • 26.
    Cecile C. said…

    ohhhhhhhh….I have the same pic of my daughter, same hair cut! It’s still one of may favorites!

  • 27.
    Kim Brown said…

    I Know! At our school, the first round you have to prepay. I don’t do it because every picture I have gotten from the school (except 1) has had Nolan looking away from the camera. Okay, they use digital cameras, so they can see that. Seriously! I take Nolan’s pictures every year before school just because of this. There is a studio where I live that you can rent by the hour and it is super cheap. $25/hr cheap. Mine come out sooo much better!

  • 28.
    Tiffany said…

    My daughter (3) is a natural with all photos. My son however (4 years old) does the “over-smile, show all my teeth (including the ones way in the back)” type of smile on most professional pictures. Really funny but tough to get a cute, professional photo in which they both look like themselves.

  • 29.
    Debbie S. said…

    I love it! Knowing you fill in the stories with your words + photos, that is a precious precious mystery. :D Happy day, Ali!

  • 30.
    Amanda said…

    Anna girl not happy

  • 31.
    Susan said…

    Hilarious post!

  • 32.
    Cindy B. said…

    Awwwww! Poor little sweetie!!
    I could just hug her!! Brings tears to my eyes!!

  • 33.
    slmnontec said…

    My daughter cried for the Easter bunny photo. It didn’t upset me as I had lots of smiling ones. It told a story….

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yep – they all do. And I wasn’t upset about this at all – I laughed and asked her about it and she laughed too.

  • 34.
    Jessica B said…

    My daughter’s school photos always turn out like this also.

  • 35.
    Susana said…

    That’s so true though! My kids rarely have a good school picture – it drives me crazy that we have to pay upfront, then I wonder what kind of people are taking the pictures and why they don’t care whether they smile, frown, or their hair is standing up like Alfalfa!

  • 36.

    LOL I have a few of those! I don’t have a photo of just Gwen from preschool photoshoot…but I do have a picture of Gwen and Lily together and a photo of just Lily! Gwen refused to be photographed by herself New their photos are verging dangerously close to goofy -they chose the “aquarium” background this year, looks great in the fancy frames I have ;-}

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome – those backgrounds are crazy.

  • 37.
    Leigh Hannan said…

    Just curious if this is a photo you will purchase.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Around here you purchase them in advance. I bought a small package since I like to have them as a record :) .

  • 38.
    Kelsey said…

    This post made me laugh! Thanks for the reminder of why we take photos!

  • 39.
    Lyn Meeker said…

    She probably had to stand in line for a long time for her age.. then some other “mom” (who is helping the photographer) .. probably tried to brush her hair with a plastic comb (after you had brushed her hair) and she didn’t want her to do that…then some other kid in line pushed her .. and the photographer had a stuffed bunny that he waved in her face to get her to smile.. and she looked at him and said .. ARE YOU SERIOUS? LOL! .. It is a great picture – gives her the “permission” to feel how she feels!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      LOL exactly. Loved your comment Lyn.

  • 40.
    Bev W. said…

    awwwww.don’t cry sweet little one:) Didn’t it used to be you didn’t have to pay for them until they were in your hands??? this happens to my daughter all the time. She ends up having to have the pictures re-done! very frustrating!

  • 41.
    jen said…

    haha!! excellent.

  • 42.
    Kim Borcoman said…

    Oh, Ali! Thanks for sharing. Glad to know it’s not just my daughters…lol

  • 43.
    Myriam said…

    It’s the best! I have a picture from 1st grade when I had done my own braids!!! I’ll always remember the horror on my teacher’s face. Yet, it’s my favorite picture. I have a huge tootless smile and crazy hair.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • 44.
    terri said…

    At first I’d be a little annoyed with the picture people and want to return them and ask for my money back. But then after taking it in I would probably keep them. It was her at that moment and we are all about moments. I am so loving it now!

  • 45.
    Trisha Morton said…

    But it’s cute!

  • 46.
    Katrina Kennedy said…

    Oh my! School photos…

    Have you seen this video about school photos? It’s good for a laugh and might explain her expression!

    Kids Triumph Over Gloomy School Photographer

    • ….
      Ruth G said…

      Loved this, Katrina! Especially the little girl who wouldn’t stop smiling and actually handed the remote shutter release back to the photographer! TFS!!!!!

  • 47.
    Cheryl F said…

    I hear ya :) With AF, if you tell him to smile, he gives you this awful toothy grimace almost. When I take his photo, I just ask him to look at the camera, and he’ll smile naturally that way! I’ve tried volunteering on picture day, but so far, I’ve missed his class every time. It’s just how it works out, you know?! I do keep those photos though as they are part of the experience, but they aren’t the ones we display around the house!

  • 48.
    Ruth G said…

    Too funny! I’m in total disbelief that in this digital age where the photographer can immediately see what the image is that the school photographers don’t try and get a better picture right then and there…last year I did retakes because my son’s portrait was so horrible, but this year I let him choose and he chose not to retake it, so we’re left with the weird smile – which is honestly something that frequently happens for him in a formal portrait situation! He’s so uncomfortable and has such a hard time figuring out how to look happy when he’s not happy about all the lights and having to sit (or stand) awkwardly, that it’s part of the story for him that he’s overwhelmed and can’t give a natural smile!
    Our kids will definitely appreciate all the times we’re hiding behind our cameras when they are older and want to see what they looked like when they were truly happy years ago!!!

  • 49.
    Regina White said…

    O my! I agree with the why we take so many more photos.

  • 50.
    jen said…

    Bless her heart!

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