School pictures? Yay or nay?


When I was little, every single year we took the dreaded school pictures. You know the school pictures I’m talking about. Your Mom would put you in your Sunday best, comb your hair perfectly and you would go to school, pose and have that awkward smile. Then, once you got the school pictures back, Mom picked out the A, B or C package and then sent or gave out the wallet size pictures to everyone in your family. Sigh. Nothing has changed.

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My mom kept an 8 x 10 school picture of my brother and me up on the shelf in our living room and replaced it every year with our new picture. Once we graduated and went off to college, those framed pictures eventually went into the closet. She then gifted them to me many years ago and now they are in a box. In storage. In the attic. So now that I have children of my own, do I buy the school pictures? Nope. Haven’t bought one single one. Ever. Why? Well for a few reasons. Because for me, it’s a little different…with social media and also for what I do for a living, I take pictures of my girls all.of.the.time so I don’t need to. If my mom wants a picture of her granddaughters, I load up the paper in the printer and print them out for her. Oh and now that I have this new HP Sprocket (which I’m OBSESSED with by the way, thank you HP!) I can print her out little cute pictures whenever and wherever I want. Plus we do a silly family Christmas card every year and I would rather focus part of our family budget to that.file-dec-01-11-01-35-am PS. Our annual Christmas card reveal is coming next week! Woot! Woot!

I can’t say school pictures are a thing of the past though because I do totally believe they are still a wonderful thing. For most people, it’s easy…you send your kids to school, they get snapped and a package later, you have GREAT pictures of your kids. I love the tradition of school pictures and still get all fussy over the girls on picture day even though I know good and well I’m not buying any. (Except senior portraits in High School for sure!) But school pictures are like cursive writing for me. Do we neeeeeed to have cursive writing? Maybe not, but I loooooove that my 11 year old daughter has beautiful cursive and uses it everyday in school. I guess it’s just tradition and I kind of love tradition. So I say yay to school pictures and cursive writing!

What about you? School pictures? Yay or nay?

XO Surviving Mommy


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  • Marie Castine says:

    Our son is only 4 but his daycare does yearly photos of every kid. We love them and hand them out to family (through orders on what to print!). My dad even gives his pharmacy and the local Chick-fil-a a copy! LOL! I do buy the digital versions so I can add the images to the shutterfly book that I create each year. We actually don’t keep any of the printed versions since we can printed anything we want.

  • sihem says:

    so cute

  • Sherry Fram says:

    My grandkids school pictures are cute so my daughter does purchase them & give them to me & the other grandparents.

  • Stephanie says:

    I haven’t bought my daughters school pictures in a long time. They are alway horrible.

  • Kristi says:

    I still really like school photos, so it’s definitely a yay for me.

  • Valerie Lerma says:

    i say its up to u. i have a 6yr old who is going to school and ive only bought him the career day picture. to me it is better just to buy the most valuable ones to u i knw they are all important but for me i chose to only buy the career day becuz its sumthn so precious

  • Cathy French says:

    When I was little it was a treat for mom to do my hair and dress me up for picture day but as I got older and went into high school I dreaded it.

  • Geri Sandoval says:

    I like B, I always say Yes to school pictures. Remember they are only little for a little while and then they are all grown up. Memories last a lifetime.

  • Debbie Welchert says:

    I love all of my school pictures of my daughter and grandchildren. I love being able to go back through the pictures comparing them and seeing how much they have grown. The only problem I have with school pictures is that with five grandchildren it has become kind of expensive.

  • Cheryl Everitt says:

    There are so many things that bombard us to spend money on. I am thankful that school pictures are still here!

  • I’ve always had school pictures made when I was in school and also my daughter and grandson. I’m glad they took school pictures. It’s fun to look back from year to year.

  • Joy Allen says:

    Although the memories are great, sometimes it’s just too many extras that never get used.

  • Terry Poage says:

    I don’t mind school pictures but what I hate is every time you turn around they want to take more. They need to limit it to 1 or 2 times a year.

  • Nancy Burgess says:

    School pictures are fun the kids love them.

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I think these pictures have gotten so expensive and they usually don’t turn out that well. We like taking our own pictures and that way we know we are getting great pictures. Thank you so much for sharing this article

  • Judy Thomas says:

    I dread school pics coming out as they are quite a large expense here and a lot of parents are guilted into buying them.

  • Kathleen Tracey says:

    I think you should have a choice in getting school pictures. As a single working mom of 2 I couldn’t always afford them but wish I could have. I wish the prices weren’t so high and that they took the time to take a nice picture.

  • Kristen Schwarz says:

    I love School pictures, but they have gotten so expensive. At our school it’s like $50 a kid, plus it hardly comes with any at all. So I usually just go get professional pictures done. We can get some family, some individual, plus we can get lots of variety.

  • mariaRoselle Mendoza says:

    beautiful kid… like her parents…

  • Lisa Ogle says:

    I say nay for school pictures, we always want them when they send them home but they are over priced and most parents cant afford them.

  • Sarah L says:

    I think it’s better to take pictures yourself.

  • Linda Szymoniak says:

    While we’ve had school pictures for as long as I can remember – from my own childhood to my daughters’ time in school – I have mixed feelings about them. They are a great way to see the child growing through the years, but they are just so formal and stiff. They don’t really capture the child’s personality (for the most part). I’d love to see a more casual, unique type picture. Even with senior pictures, the photographer took some great photos, but the school wanted one of the more formal ones for the yearbook.

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    School pictures are usually ok but I would rather have a special picture taken at home. They usually turn out nicer and are much cheaper. Thank you so much for sharing this

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