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. Lisa says…
    05/08/2012

    I apologize, because I just had to laugh! This is sooo not her (from what I've seen here on your blog). Clearly the photographer lacks the magic it takes to connect with little peeps, like your Anna.
    My middle son has a 1st grade pic that is...well...awful! He's doing a 'no teeth' smile with exaggerated big eyes/brows (think crazy-scarey clown). When I asked him what he was doing he said, "He told me I smiled too big, and told me to go like this." ....Really? ughhh.
    Thanks goodness you capture her true heart in photos day in and day out. :) ....even the cute pouting pic on the front steps from yesterday! -classic.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/08/2012

      Oh I totally laughed too!

  2. TracyBzz says…
    05/08/2012

    LOL!! I agree 100%.

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  3. Kim says…
    05/08/2012

    Seriously...this is a precious photo. The way she's peeking up, the shy look on her face. It's darling and I honestly sometimes like these types of photos more than the "perfect" ones. It captures something, part of the person, that isn't always captured in other photos. I have a photo of my son, from a professional photo shoot, where his head is down, his face very serious, and he's barely looking up. You know what? That's the one in the frame. It was just him, if that makes sense. Not that he's always serious but he has that side and it was so different than all the other ones with a big grin. It's still one of my favorites.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/08/2012

      I totally know :). I love that it is a part of her whole story...but am super happy that I have lots of other photos of her as well.

  4. Kellie says…
    05/08/2012

    This just tells a different story! Too cute!

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  5. jaimee h says…
    05/08/2012

    MOG...that picture is too much!!! but she is still adorable!!

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  6. susan garner says…
    05/08/2012

    Your not going to believe this but I have the same look on my photo when i was 5yrs old. I enlarged the photo and scrapbooked it. Its one of my favorites. If you were wondering what i was thinking.......i am not going to be told to smile by this stranger.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/08/2012

      I totally think that's what she was thinking too :)

  7. Izzy says…
    05/08/2012

    I think school photographers are retired DMV photographers. I swear, how hard is it to take a decent photo of such an adorable child?

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  8. Tracy says…
    05/08/2012

    OMGoodness Ali...you are so right!!! The good ol' Life Touch school pics...gotta love em' ;)

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  9. tiffany h. says…
    05/08/2012

    I have a couple of photos like that of my kids. You'd think with all the photographic technology we have today that school pictures would come out much better. I'm always so disappointed with them after spending the money. Like you said, reason why I take so many photos.

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  10. Christine says…
    05/08/2012

    Ever since I got the one of my kindergartener leaning back and looking terrified of the photographer, I quit paying and started taking my own. With 3 boys, it saves me a ton of $$!

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  11. Carolyn HP says…
    05/08/2012

    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 :)

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  12. Pam says…
    05/08/2012

    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?

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  13. Christy says…
    05/08/2012

    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!

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  14. HeatherOz says…
    05/08/2012

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

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  15. rhonda nickol says…
    05/08/2012

    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!

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  16. Marie says…
    05/08/2012

    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

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  17. elaine says…
    05/08/2012

    well... everyday can`t be sunny.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/08/2012

      Nope - you are quite right.

  18. Julie says…
    05/08/2012

    OMG...how cute is that!.

    I actually love it.
    Julie

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  19. Melissa says…
    05/08/2012

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

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  20. Jo says…
    05/08/2012

    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.

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    1. Ali says…
      05/08/2012

      Oh Jo - I bet you do an awesome job!

  21. Melinda T says…
    05/08/2012

    Awww, still beautiful as ever, though!

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  22. Jane says…
    05/08/2012

    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!

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    1. Ali says…
      05/08/2012

      LOL!

  23. Michele says…
    05/08/2012

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

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  24. Cindy says…
    05/08/2012

    I can SO relate!!

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  25. Tammy Davis says…
    05/08/2012

    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!

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