Tuesday, September 20, 2011
This week is Picture Day at school. I always loved Picture Day when I was a kid. Mama always curled my hair and I wore my most favorite shirt. All the students looked nice and they were better behaved than usual.
When I married my husband, my Mother-in-law gave me a 5x7 of every school picture from Kindergarten to somewhere in middle school. Actually, now that I think about it, he probably stopped getting school pictures taken about the time that his dad died.
So, school pictures have always been valuable to me. I can already envision the posterboard at my kids' graduation that showcases their school pictures from every year.
Here's my problem: they're expensive!! The smallest package I can order is $15.00. That might not sound bad to you but multiply that by 3 kids. For $45, I would get one 5x7 (of each kid), two 3x5s, and 21 of those itty-bitty pictures that kids like to trade around. The worst part is, the pictures are never good. Last year, they gave my daughter a blue background and both boys gray backgrounds. One kid always has their eyes half closed and another kid always does a fake smile.
While we were in San Francisco, I got awesome individual shots of each one of my kids. We were on a pier by the Bay Bridge and the lighting was beautiful. It was a bit foggy and it made for great shots. So, everyone has a great individual picture right now that shows their character.
Here's where you weigh in. Do I keep up the tradition and pay to have the classic school pictures taken or do I spend a couple bucks to get their nice, personal photos printed?