May 08, 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. #Anna Tweet Previous Next Related Posts On Being A Beginner Anna's "Honk Jr." Experience The Back To School Stories Sign in or sign up to comment. 99 thoughts ← Previous 1 2 3 4 Next → Cecile C. says… 05/08/2012 ohhhhhhhh....I have the same pic of my daughter, same hair cut! It's still one of may favorites! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Kim Brown says… 05/08/2012 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! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Tiffany says… 05/08/2012 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. Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Debbie S. says… 05/08/2012 I love it! Knowing you fill in the stories with your words + photos, that is a precious precious mystery. :D Happy day, Ali! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Amanda says… 05/08/2012 Anna girl not happy Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Susan says… 05/08/2012 Hilarious post! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Cindy B. says… 05/08/2012 Awwwww! Poor little sweetie!! I could just hug her!! Brings tears to my eyes!! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. slmnontec says… 05/08/2012 My daughter cried for the Easter bunny photo. It didn't upset me as I had lots of smiling ones. It told a story.... Reply 1 Reply Ali says… 05/08/2012 Yep - they all do. And I wasn't upset about this at all - I laughed and asked her about it and she laughed too. Sign in or sign up to comment. Jessica B says… 05/08/2012 My daughter's school photos always turn out like this also. Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Susana says… 05/08/2012 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! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Sue TR (Your Story 2011) says… 05/08/2012 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 ;-} Reply 1 Reply Ali says… 05/08/2012 Awesome - those backgrounds are crazy. Sign in or sign up to comment. Leigh Hannan says… 05/08/2012 Just curious if this is a photo you will purchase. Reply 1 Reply Ali says… 05/08/2012 Around here you purchase them in advance. I bought a small package since I like to have them as a record :). Sign in or sign up to comment. Kelsey says… 05/08/2012 This post made me laugh! Thanks for the reminder of why we take photos! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Lyn Meeker says… 05/08/2012 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! Reply 1 Reply Ali says… 05/08/2012 LOL exactly. Loved your comment Lyn. Sign in or sign up to comment. Bev W. says… 05/08/2012 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! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. jen says… 05/08/2012 haha!! excellent. Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Kim Borcoman says… 05/08/2012 Oh, Ali! Thanks for sharing. Glad to know it's not just my daughters...lol Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Myriam says… 05/08/2012 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. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing. Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. terri says… 05/08/2012 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! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Trisha Morton says… 05/08/2012 But it's cute! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Katrina Kennedy says… 05/08/2012 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 http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/05/kids-triumph-over-gloomy-school-photographer-in-clever-short-film/ Reply 1 Reply Ruth G says… 05/08/2012 Loved this, Katrina! Especially the little girl who wouldn't stop smiling and actually handed the remote shutter release back to the photographer! TFS!!!!! Sign in or sign up to comment. Cheryl F says… 05/08/2012 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! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Ruth G says… 05/08/2012 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!!! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. Regina White says… 05/08/2012 O my! I agree with the why we take so many more photos. Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. jen says… 05/08/2012 Bless her heart! Reply 0 Replies Sign in or sign up to comment. ← Previous 1 2 3 4 Next → Sign in or sign up to comment.