School pictures! Has your child ever brought home some not so good pictures?

United States
April 19, 2007 3:11pm CST
Around four weeks ago was picture day, I sent my child to school dressed so pretty in a bright pink lace shirt and a denim skirt, we had fixed her hair in curls. So cute! She is 5. I get her off the bus after school and asked her how the pictures went and did she smile. She said it was nice however she tried to smile but lost. Now puzzled I asked,"What do you mean you lost?" and she replied. "I told you I lost." It was that point I figured it probably was not a good thing. Well, today I got her off the bus and soon learned just what she meant when she handed me her picture envelope. There she sat, she had taken her pouting pose, arms crossed and her mouth turned completely upside down in a frown and looking as mean as the devil. I paid $104.00 for these pictures (new outfit, haircut,and photos) I honestly can't beleive that they would have snapped the picture with her looking that way. Now, how about you? Any bad pictures you care to share with us?
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@kodie420 (872)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
Of course they have I think at one point in parents life they all do and like you I went ahead and payed for them because how do you tell your child they where'nt cute enough or something.
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• United States
19 Apr 07
That's just it, I was thinking about make-up day pictures but I don't want her asking what was wrong with the last ones.Thanks for responding
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@kareng (18918)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I've had this happen too. Although my girls are out of school, they started the pre-pay thing a few years ago. Now how can you pay for something you haven't seen yet? This really ticked me off. I started just letting the girls take pic for yearbook and then taking them somewhere else for a package deal. The prices were about the same and I got to choose what I wanted. I also remember when I was in school, they had someone standing near the line for pictures that did touch up jobs to hair, collars, etc. Guess that isn't the case anymore either.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I swear the ones that go to my neice's school also work at doing mug shots and driver's licence photos. They are that bad. Except for this year, the one year we didn't buy any although we got one sample image so we could buy more if we wanted. We tried the retakes once and they didn't come out that much better. We finally just said the heck with it. We usually get the smallest package possible and just take her to Wal-Mart for better ones. This year we just did Wal-Mart. The photographers here just dont' seem to care what the images look like. They want to get in and get out and make their money. It's a shame really because these are the same images that go in year books. They are the memories for later years and having lousy pictures in there is miserable.
• United States
20 Apr 07
Oh my goodness, my children have brought home so many bad pictures from school while they were growing up, but even though they were bad most of the time the school would have retakes, since they realize that not all children look good the first go around. You might check with her school to find out when retakes are and explain to them that you paid as much as you did and that the photographer should have helped the situation out since you were spending so much money, I am sure if you fight enough you can get these redone.
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@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
19 Apr 07
no i dont have any bad pictures ..my daughter graduated from kinder last month and she poses well and very cute.
@Nebuloso (179)
• United States
19 Apr 07
If you havea really weak stomach, you might want to skip this post... lol A couple of years ago, we got my son's school pics and well... Imagine the expression you might have on your face if you'd just had a "vomit burp" (when you burp and you get that unmistakable taste) about a half second before the photographer took the pic. That was the expression on our 6 year old's (at the time) face. It was priceless though. We bought the pics and I still can't help but laugh when I look at them. Can't wait until he brings his first girlfriend home now! lmao
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@shoelover (896)
• Australia
19 Apr 07
Oh that brings back memories. My number 3 daughter went to school with her hair done in 2 pony tails one either side of her head. They took the picture after recess and by that time one pony tail had come out and the tie was only held on by a few hairs. So when I picked her up from school she looked like a ragamuffin lol. I didn't think anything of it until I got the pictures. I was horrified to see they didn't fix her hair after recess. I was not a happy mum at all.
• United States
20 Apr 07
You could have taken those pictures back to the school. Then taken her to walmart for a much better picture,cheaper as well. They have specials all the time. My daughter was so happy to take pictures. I was so happy for her as well. She smiled so big that all you saw were her gums. I was so pissed. I kept the pictures because I bought the very lowest package. It was no more than 15.00$ total. I now don't worry about the schools costly pictures. She loves going to walmart to get hers done.
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@monalizra (219)
• Romania
20 Apr 07
not my child but my brother... we all had a lot of fun because of them... they will be wery appreciated after a few years... thust me. a had those kind of pictures since i was little too
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@Stiletto (4584)
20 Apr 07
lol - my daughter is grown up now but I do remember a couple of the school photos were real horrors! The worst was probably when she had her two front missing and for some reason the photgrapher decided that would be the central focus of the photo! In fairness to him it was probably pretty difficult to avoid - he maybe didn't want to tell her not to smile in case he sounded like he was being mean! I paid for them though - I mean what else can you do? You can't refuse because your child doesn't look cute can you?
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@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
20 Apr 07
Boy....can I relate to this. My son has taken some really bad picture during his elementary years. Some he makes weird faces...others..he looks like a convict...lol. However...I really never get the big packages...so I just get them anyway...I don't know if you get re-takes with your pictures...If you do you may want to get them re-done?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
20 Apr 07
awwwwwwwwww so sorry " she lost" what a cute way of putting it. I would have never payed for pics with out seeing them. And the photo person should have worked with her till she smiled I bet she has a winning smile. When My kids did this they did get some awful shots My son just hates his kendergrarden one as He has glasses on and a big green bow tie the pic makes the tie bigger than what it was . He wished I had thrown it away but I just cant.
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@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Apr 07
nope ...but not exactly as you desrcibe it here..some poses are stolen but not that bad though..
• United States
20 Apr 07
I dont have any to show. But I was always a horribly picture taker. I always blinked and had to do retakes sometimes. I had bad bad pictures. So though I have none to show. I wanted to say that somehow I always too bad pictures. Bad blinking habbits not fun :(
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Yes, my son is a total boy. One year he had licked his lips so much that he had a huge red circle around his mouth! It looked like he had taken red lipstick and tried to outline his mouth with it. Last year he had recess before his pictures, so he came in all sweaty and ran into the bathroom, wet a paper towel and washed his face. When he did this the front of his hair looked like a tornado had gone through it. This year his photo was pretty good, but he was making a goofy face at the photographer when they snapped it. Oh well, just another funny picture to add to his album. tdbrower1969
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I no longer get my child all dolled up for school photos. We don't have to pay for them before we see them but I hate spending money to by clothing and such because there are no guarantee that I will get a good photo.
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