We’ve talked before about school photos and a lot of people agree it’s OK if they are pretty terrible because you see what the child really looked like at that point in time. Maybe their hair stood up or they had giant glasses or they were missing multiple teeth but it captures the child at that moment in time.
While I am on board with that, I have to say I just picked up Lilina’s preschool pictures and there are so many things wrong you just have to wonder what the photographer was thinking.
The teacher was confused about the day of the photos and told us they would be on a Friday but they were actually a Wednesday. So Lilina was in a very casual shirt with a plastic hairband. I would have dressed her up in a cute outfit and fixed her hair had we known. But hey, that’s OK. No big deal. That’s the type of outfit she would wear to school to play in.
So I knew the outfit was going to look a little crazy and expected that when I got them.
However, there is a big splotch of what appears to be purple paint on her face as well. Why didn’t anyone clean that off before the photo? (I don’t remember her having a bruise there. I think it must have been ink or paint.)
The final wrong item is on every single photo they have printed her name spelled so wrong that it is a totally different name.
So I think I am going to ask them reprint them with the correct name or no name. (They were $35 I believe, which I think is pricey for school photos.) I guess the purple paint on the face just shows she was playing and having fun but it seems like someone would have wiped that off.
So what do you think: How far does the natural look go in school photos? What’s realistic and representative of school-age child and what is common sense that someone would say, “hey let me wipe that purple paint off your face.”