“Don’t forget to order school pictures so we can have them!” – Grandma
“We are 99% probably not going to order them” – Me
sighs all around.
School pictures? That’s a thing of the past. They arrived, I thought they were cute, and we filed them with the rest of the papers in the school file, after they sat in the folder for a week it was time for them to move on, into the recycling bin.
You Don’t Really Want them Hanging on your Wall
With all of the cool options that are available for art hanging on the wall, school pictures are one of the last things that I want on the wall. I would rather have impromptu instagram shots made into a canvas collage that brings back memories every time we walk by. I would rather schedule a backyard or fun photo shoot at-home, to get pictures and real smiles of the kids. Remember those awkward portraits hanging on the wall of your childhood? We’ve come a long way baby – and there’s better to be had.
I’m biased though. I would totally frame the cropped shot of her.
There are No Shortage of Photos of the Kids
I understand the purpose of school photos twenty years ago. There were few cameras, and you actually had to take the film to the store and get it developed. Who even knew if the photos were going to be ones that you really like. But now? Now I take photos of the kids every. single. day. There’s no need for school photos.
Nobody Likes them Anyway
When the school portraits started coming home, the complaints started rolling in about the photos, in every single one of the Mom communities that we’re in. Personally, I don’t think you can expect much from the photos. If you want perfect photos, schedule a back to school session with an awesome local photographer. Really though, 90% of the parents are unsatisfied with the photos – and I think it’s time to do away with them completely.
The Costs are Comparable to a Local Photographer
Do you have more than one kid? Three kids or four kids? Skip the school photos, where it’s hard to get the results you want, since you’re not there and hire a local photographer, you’re more in control and more likely to get shots you’re happy with.
Christmas Cards are Soon + Anti Paper Clutter
We’ve printed very few photos of the kids. I’ve made a bit of progress with albums, and even with the smallest package of prints, I would be left with a half-dozen pictures that would be duplicates and eventually they would be tossed in the recycling bin. Plus, it’s almost Christmas card season and the grandparents will get a photo then (let’s face it though, it’s going to be late). Despite the fact that I love all the kids in our family, I do not want their annual school picture, send me a digital copy, and save the paper.
As adorable as that five-year-old smile is, we won’t be ordering school photos this year (or in the future).