Monday, March 14, 2011
The problem with boycotting the traditional school photo is actually scheduling the time to take this portrait style shot of my kids (that and getting my kids to cooperate--they are a wee bit tired of me taking photos of them all the time). Sure, I have plenty of great candid pics of them taken throughout the year, but I still want that headshot that I can put in each child's "school" frame. I have one 8x10 photo of each of my kids and every year, I put the new "grade" photo on top, providing me with a collection of their cute little mugs throughout the years.
Anyway, this weekend I realized that the school year was coming to a quick close and if I didn't hurry I'd be missing a picture for grades 6 & 8 of my daughter and eldest son. So after bribing my kids with ice cream (yes, I still have to bribe 11 & 13 year olds with sweets), we headed out to the park and I took some great shots of at least two of my four. And after only 30 minutes, another middle school year was officially captured.
On my agenda this week is to coax my 10 year old twins out for their yearly school photo. Let's just hope the ice cream bribe works on them as well. Wish me luck!
If you are a photographer, do you skip the school photos and take your own? Do you have your photo shoot at the end of the year or are you like me and scramble to get it done during the last few months of school?