Emmett has been in some type of Mother's Day Out/Pre-school program since he was two years old but this is the first year that we have gotten school pictures. The MDO in El-Do didn't do any, but his school last year did, he was just sick on picture day. Note: they don't feel the need to schedule re-takes in preschool.
So this year I was determined to keep him healthy for pictures. Thankfully, he was healthy as could be! His folder came back about a week later with 1 inch tall pixelated proofs. It was really tough to tell which one was the best, but one thing was for sure: he had come down with a case of Fake-Smile-Itis when he got in front of the camera.
Ultimately, I picked the one that I thought had the most natural smile and least staged pose. However, I did not notice that he was biting his bottom lip in the photo. That only became clear when my 20 copies of the photo came in!
So, yeah. Not the worst, but not exactly a natural smile either. I really wonder if these professional children's photographers are going in yelling, "SMILE!" at these kids when that is the last thing that works.
I'll bet you are wondering what the other two photos must have looked like in order for me to only order copies of the one above. I took the liberty of visiting the Lifetouch site so that I could show you. There, they intend to sell you more photos of your child looking super awkward. Poses include:
Just Hangin' Out Casually with My Ladder and these Books
What? I stand like this all the time. Also, it's bright in here.
This Ladder Makes a Great Seat ... It's Not Uncomfortable At All
Is it snack time? Because I brought my whole apple!
Ah, the delightful pastime of school pictures. It's a fun one. If anyone would like to order any of these, they are like $20 for a 5x7. Ridiculous. I did get some wallet sizes of the Lip-Biter that a select few can have. Don't all send your requests in at once!