Monday, November 14, 2011

School Pictures, or How To Make A Cute Girl Look Damn Horrible

So bad. Oh, no words too describe how bad. Five year-old girl in line for school pictures, distraught because her aides are trying to convince her to take off her headphones for the school picture (by my request, by the way). She is crying, anxious, refusing to even open her eyes for the photographer. After many tries, he finally gets one with he eyes open, red and weepy. Big tears on her cheeks. She did manage a "smile", which looks an awful lot like the grimaces I made while in labor with her.

We are not doing a retake. Screw it. Hopefully someday, at her College graduation or her wedding, I will pull it out so we can laugh. This will take some perspective only time can provide.

And no, will not be posting it.


  1. Two thoughts...

    1. Our Ethan cannot convincing pose for a photo even when he's feeling indulgent. He pulls an odd sort of mimic of a smile which is about as convincing as Dick Van Dyke's accent in Mary Poppins.

    2. FWIW, I'm a semi-professional children's photographer *and* I owe you one. Email me if I can return the favor :-) []

  2. Hilarious! I can totally relate. Last year, Ellie's photo was fabulous. This year, meh... Her expression was not so cute. She uncomfortable as if she was constipated. I normally send off school photos to family and friends, but have only shared the image with my mom. When I handed her the photo, the silence was deafening.
    Like you said, you will look back and laugh. You have to scan the photo of Olivia and email to my yahoo account. Tina

  3. I meant to say she looked uncomffortable as if she were consitpated. I need to slow down when typing....

  4. Hope you made some good pictures this Christmas. Best wishes of a Happy New Year to you and your family! --Tatiana