Um, so, the first day of summer vacation was fair-to-sucky, with an overtired mama (going to bed before midnight might be good), cranky younger children (yay, DTAP vaccine), a rainy day, a forgotten preschool playdate, a cancelled later playdate, too little nice interaction, too much touching each other, much screen time...you get the picture. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great, either. So we'll talk about something else: the school photos I've been meaning to scan all year long and didn't get to until tonight. Yay!
This year for the first time we gained experience with both pay-in-advance school photos (Sabot & Munford fall, Munford class photo), speculative packets sent home (Munford spring) and online ordering after the fact (Sabot class photo). The results: I think perhaps I should go into the school photography business. You don't even have to take a good photo, and parents will shell out money! Well, perhaps not this parent. In the future, I think I'll buy only class photos (worth the memories) and take my own portraits.
Poor Reese, can you believe this photo? He bears the marks of his late-October tripping incident, and he's clearly pissed about being asked to sit on this rock and look at the camera. Smile? Smiling is for suckers. Feel my scorn, Picture Man. And below, you'll notice he's the kid refusing to even face the lens. These are the photos that wedding slideshows are made of...
Ok, maybe I will continue ordering these, just a copy for myself. There's something terribly honest about them, isn't there?
Griff didn't fare much better. His fall photo (left) doesn't even look like him! I think perhaps it isn't him. They took his hair and shirt and put them on some other kid. What is that expression, and why did the photographer not, I don't know, crack a joke or something before pressing the shutter? Griff's an easy mark for a knock-knock joke, it's not hard to get a genuine smile. Just try.
Yeah. The more I think of it, the more I'm convinced that's not even Griff.
The spring shot (right) is actually kindof cute - nay, if I dare say, beautiful, in this cheesy and angelic way. He still had his Prince Valiant / Leif Garrett hair and I love having it recorded this way. He suddenly decided to get a short hair cut just a day or so later.
Here's the class photo, including everybody right down to Lily Callis the class pup. She's fairly legendary - when you talk about teachers and Ms. Callis' name comes up, people ask, "is she the one with the dog?"
I wonder what we'll remember when we look back at these in 20 years?