The school year is underway. New haircuts and freshly pressed clothes fill the halls. It must be that time again — picture day.
Closed eyes, forced smile, squinty face — these are all familiar photography faux pas. Skip the smile snafus. With minimal coaching and a pinch of parental prep, your child’s portrait can be a keeper.
1. Keep outfits simple.
Picture-day ensembles should be comfy, simple, and, of course, something they love. Light colors look great with darker complexions while dark colors complement lighter complexions. Try to keep patterns to a minimum. And pack an extra outfit in case of (clothing) emergency.
2. Pack “safe” lunches.
Picture-day times can be unpredictable. Time slots may fall after lunchtime, so pack a meal that’s tooth-healthy and mess-free. Here are some lunchbox tips to get you started.
3. Prep, don’t pose!
It’s difficult to smile on command, especially for kids. Take some practice snapshots at home. Don’t force stiff, unnatural poses. If your kids are relaxed, their smiles will be picture-perfect.
4. Embrace the imperfections.
Did the Tooth Fairy visit your house over the summer? Whether it’s a toothless grin or a mouth full of metal, encourage children to embrace their smile style. After all, that’s what makes them unique!
Now that your family is picture-day prepared, get ready to pick those perfect proofs for displaying.
What is your most memorable picture-day moment? Entertain us below!