Everyone knows the awkwardness of school photo days.
It’s all bad haircuts, oily skin, cheesy smiles, and far too much energy organising the students who are either really, really tall, or really, really short. I was in the short category, and yes, I had to stand on a box more than once.
But have you ever imagined what kind of stories must come out of school photo days, from the photographer’s perspective? Primary and high school kids are just plain weird at the best of times, let alone when they’re all taken out of class to get their photo taken.
A recent Reddit thread asked users, ‘Photographers who do school picture days, what are your most cringe-worthy/strange stories?’
The responses were predictably hilarious:
– “I spent 15 minutes with a guy because he blinked every time I took the photo. I tried everything in my book, making him close and open his eyes before snapping the picture, delaying the flash, shooting without flash, taking the picture while talking to him so he’ll be distracted. Nothing worked.
I ended up taking his picture with a cellphone, because apparently what made him close his eyes was the shutter/mirror sound.”
- "When I was a school photographer, to amuse myself I tried to give each kid in class a unique word to say. "Fuzzy puppies!" ""Funky monkeys!", etc.
So I get this little girl at my chair. She's got the thickest glasses I've seen, an overbite, and is pale as a vampire. But whatever. A kid is a kid.
So I say, "Okay, say Fuzzy Kitties!" And she gives me the most irritated look I've ever seen. "Uh, I'n allergic to kitties." Like it was the dumbest thing anyone had ever said to her, and she felt sorry for how dumb I was."
- "A kid told my assistant that they ate their pet rabbit the night before."