Every school year it was the same old thing: get all spiffified for what-you-KNOW-will-be-horrendous school pictures. I have a gamut of ugly school pictures, all because I was completely flustered and intimidated by sitting in front of a camera where the person behind the camera is a complete stranger, and I know that I only get one, maybe two, tries. Even after retake days, the pictures still were less than par. My fifth grade picture? My Aunt actually asked me if I had been running a race before the picture was taken. Yep, that bad 🙁
I remember my mom always complaining that she had to buy the whole package of pictures. Why couldn’t you decide if you just wanted one 8×10 and 3 wallets? They were just too expensive for what you got.
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My kids are obviously not going to school this year (they are only 2 years old and 7 months old), but I want to help any mom out where I can. If you have a decent camera, you should be able to take your own pictures of your child for the school year. That way, if the actual school ones don’t turn out, you don’t feel obligated to buy them, and your child can have a decent school picture hanging over your mantle for the year. DIY school pictures are way cooler anyways. Ask your kids.
DIYing Your Child’s Picture for School
These are my ideas for getting significantly better school pictures for your child if you choose to DIY-it:
- Choose a day that you know nothing else is going on (probably a weekday will be bad with homework, after-school activities, dinner, and what-not happening)
- Let your kid choose his or her own outfit within reason (yes, my mom let me choose my outfits, but she shouldn’t have let me choose ANYthing I wanted to wear! I was wearing a Simba shirt in my 2nd grade pictures!)
- Do your child’s hair, but try to make it look natural rather than staged
- Take the pictures outside for a brighter look, because you know the boring backgrounds in school pictures are just that…BORING!
- To get a genuine smile from them, do silly stuff behind the camera or have someone else make them smile while you are shooting the pictures
- Don’t use the flash on your camera! If you have a tripod, turn off the flash and put the camera on the tripod so the pictures aren’t blurry
- Let your child do their own poses. If you prod them to do something you have in mind, they are going to get annoyed and be in a bad mood (I totally remember being a kid, people)
- Don’t include a lot of background (you want your child to be the focus)
- Edit them using PicMonkey* or some other editing software you are comfortable with (simply doing these 5 edits can do a world of wonders)
- Get them printed online (where you can have wallets, 5x7s or 8x10s printed)
Even if your child’s school portrait turns out great, you might still want to take your own just to have some variety and so you don’t have to buy the pictures. A class picture is always nice, but school portraits on their own are a bit cheesy. At least in my opinion.
Have you ever tried taking pictures of your child for school?
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