The beginning of the school year means school picture time is probably drawing close again. Here are ten tips from Linda Russell, the CEO of Mugshots.
- Avoid hats. Photographers will often remove for the shoot and then the child is left with “hat head.”
- Parents should stay away. Children are more natural when no one is watching — that means you, Mom, peeking around the corner!
- Don’t practice poses with your child. Let the photographer unlock their natural expressions, not cheesy grins they’ve rehearsed for hours.
- For boys, the best bet is a collared shirt that compliments their eyes and hair. Small patterns or solids are best. Avoid words, superheroes, and pop culture images on T-shirts.
- Ironing your child’s collar in the morning will make a big difference in those head shots.
- For girls, avoid spaghetti straps. They tend to hang low and if it is chilly, the goose bumps on their arms show.
- A gap tooth or braces are beautiful. Let them shine. Don’t have kids keep their mouth closed — show off the smile!
- For eyeglasses, non-reflective lenses are best. Feel free to ask the photographer to shoot a photo with and without the glasses to see which you prefer.
- Schedule a haircut at least 10 days ahead of photo day.
- Ponytails are great with barrettes or hairpins to manage fly-aways.
Did you have a favorite or least favorite school picture? In my favorite, I’m wearing a pink sweater with cows and have a side ponytail, but I look happy! In my least favorite, I’m wearing a paisley-print dress and refusing to show my buck teeth. (See #7…) — Jessie (ParentLife Blog Guru)
Photo used with permission of Flickr Creative Commons. This post added to Top Ten Tuesday at OhAmanda.