She called me up excited to blow the roof off standard school photos.
Some school photography companies won’t even let your child part their mouth open when they smile. I mean, what’s up with that?!? School photos have long been stereotyped as archival-posed-freeze-framed copies of children. Looking through a dozen years worth of them at once is like going through a two dimensional flip book with no context. Today, these same companies are implementing stringent passport-like limitations on how a child can represent themselves in a photo. Which is kind of ridiculous. At least I think so. So did my client when she called me up excited to blow the roof off standard school photos. She wanted something that would show her son’s energy and style. Hats off to this kid, because he’s got a lot of both!
Choosing to do school photos at home, or with elements that reflect your child’s life, means we get to fool around and have fun. In the end, this is the type of photo your family wants to receive every year.
As a photographer, I’m always grateful to clients who are ok with me continuing to take photos even when we’ve said our goodbyes, I’m at my car about to leave, and then something like this happens…
P.S. – for those of you who think hiring a professional photographer to do school photos is either expensive or time consuming, imagine this…my client bid on a mini session gift card at a school auction in Vernon for $80 and our session was done in 30 mins…on a weekday. Easy peasy!