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4 Ways to Nail School Picture Day

By Craig Smith
August 4, 2017

Cute Boy with GlassesThe school year is underway. Fresh haircuts and new 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 skepticism! With minimal coaching and a pinch of parental prep, your child’s “say cheese” can be accident-free:


Picture day ensembles should be comfy, simple, and of course — something they love. Light colors favor darker complexions while dark colors favor lighter complexions. Try to keep patterns to a minimum. Lastly, remember to pack an extra outfit in case of (clothing) emergency.


Photo session times can be unpredictable. Time slots may fall after lunchtime — pack a meal that’s tooth-healthy and mess-free.


It’s difficult to smile on command, especially for kiddos. Take some practice snapshots at home. Don’t force stiff, unnatural poses. Give kids posture freedom and their smile will shine.


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, it’s what makes them unique!

Now that your family is picture day-prepared, get ready to pick those proofs. Move over frames filled with stock photos — it’s time for school snapshots to reign supreme!

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