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. 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!

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!

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  5. Amanda says…
    05/08/2012

    Anna girl not happy

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  6. Susan says…
    05/08/2012

    Hilarious post!

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  7. Cindy B. says…
    05/08/2012

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

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  8. 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....

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    1. 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.

  9. Jessica B says…
    05/08/2012

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

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  10. 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!

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  11. 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 ;-}

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    1. Ali says…
      05/08/2012

      Awesome - those backgrounds are crazy.

  12. Leigh Hannan says…
    05/08/2012

    Just curious if this is a photo you will purchase.

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    1. 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 :).

  13. Kelsey says…
    05/08/2012

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

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  14. 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!

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    1. Ali says…
      05/08/2012

      LOL exactly. Loved your comment Lyn.

  15. 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!

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  16. jen says…
    05/08/2012

    haha!! excellent.

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  17. Kim Borcoman says…
    05/08/2012

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

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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!

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  20. Trisha Morton says…
    05/08/2012

    But it's cute!

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  21. 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/

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    1. 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!!!!!

  22. 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!

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  23. 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!!!

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  24. Regina White says…
    05/08/2012

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

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  25. jen says…
    05/08/2012

    Bless her heart!

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