Picture Day. Whether you love it, hate it, or feel completely indifferent, it is a consistent, yearly update of your little one's sweet face. If only it weren't so boring! *laugh*
Schools and photographers do sometimes try to jazz it up with "fun" backgrounds, accessories, and effects - but these are usually add-ons that cost extra, and the results while occasionally hilarious usually just miss the mark.
Good news for you, we have a lot of experience not only getting our pictures taken - but having fun doing it.
So! Read on for ways to inspire your child's imagination on picture day - it's the best way to make them smile for the camera without coaxing or coddling, to get pictures that truly reflect a happy moment.
As you saw in our license photos, we're big fans of dressing up. Why not let your little one represent their current obsession in their school photo? If the school frowns upon full costuming, switch schools. Just kidding. (Kind of *laugh*) In all seriousness, "bounding" can be almost as fun as a full costume itself - think a yellow dress with a blue sweater and red headband to remind them that they wanted to be Snow White in 1st grade, or hair in two bunches and orange togs to bring back great memories of their Pre-K love for Daniel Tiger.
One high school in Michigan took this idea and ran with it, with students using minimal but key accessories to represent everything from Muppets to memes.
One of the sweetest articles I've read recently was about a family who had kept a dress for 50 years, so that all the little girls (spanning 4 generations!) could wear it in their kindergarten photo. When I was trying to find that article, I accidentally stumbled across this one. And this one.
It's never too late to start a tradition, and I think this idea is so sweet. Perhaps you could even flash back a little by finding a piece for your offspring that looks like the one you wore when you were little!
I know it sounds counter-intuitive; how can wearing the same outfit year after year inspire imagination? Considering that it would certainly be difficult to wear the same shirt at 6 and 16 (although I personally have managed to hold on to one beloved camp shirt for 24 years), you start to think creatively after a while. Think of the viral trend of recreating childhood photos, where adults put together the outfits they wore in old family favorites. Also, it will make for a pretty nifty end product by the time they're 18!
This might be my favorite! Pick a small item, something that can be incorporated into a hairstyle, or stuck in a pocket, or otherwise casually snuck into the photo. It's fun the first time, and as the years go by, coming up with more creative ways to bring back the special accessory is even better!
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