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Do’s and Don’ts for Picture Day

Picture day is here! Clothes are picked out and hair is perfectly in place. There may be both excitement and nerves, for parents and children alike. To make the day go a little smoother, here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

DO select an outfit you and your child love.  You may love that new formal dress or bow-tie, but your child is fighting you over it. Consider what they are most comfortable in, as the best photos come from children who are relaxed and happy, not stuck in something they find uncomfortable.

DO have fun and enjoy the experience. Go ahead and try out some cheesy grins and silly faces in the mirror, just to get the smiles and giggles going. That kind of energy makes for an amazing photo.

DO discuss what to expect out of the day with your child. Picture day may be a new experience, so walk your child through what will happen, based on what your school has provided by way of logistics.

DO trust the photographer to take an excellent photo. We know it’s tempting to coach your child on what the best pose is, or how to act in front of the camera, but it’s best to keep it natural and organic. Our photographers are experienced and knowledgeable in working with children to get amazing photos.

DO remember to follow any COVID-19 procedures to keep you safe. School photos look a little different right now, and that’s okay. We have policies in place to keep your child safe and healthy while getting that perfect shot. Please review with your child the policies and encourage them to listen to the photographer and school teachers and staff throughout the day. Policies are located here, and sent with your information package by email.

DON’T send a lunch with food that can stain. We all know the culprits – spaghetti, ketchup, berries, etc. Think ahead to avoid big stains right before photos are taken. Bonus tip: pack and extra shirt in their backpack, just to be safe!

DON’T stress about the perfect picture. We’ve said it before and will say it again – the best photos come when children are happy, relaxed, and having fun.

DON’T choose an outfit that distracts from the main star – your child. This means avoiding big logos, graphic t-shirts, or overly-sparkly headbands. We want your child’s beautiful smile to be the only focus of the picture.

DON’T hesitate to ask any questions. If you have any questions that haven’t been covered here, feel free to reach out directly to us or your school representative. We’re always happy to help!

Keep these simple dos and don’ts in mind and picture day is sure to be a success. All there’s left to do now is say CHEESE and snap the photo.