PICTURE DAY TIPS
Our Photo Team is highly trained in working with children to capture the best images possible on picture day. Please refer to these tips to see how you can help.
Before Picture Day
Prepare your younger children about the picture day procedure by talking to them about what to expect. It is best not to coach a young child to smile, rather let the photographer evoke a pleasant expression. The more comfortable the child is with the process, the more natural the smile will be.
Keep bows, ribbons, and headbands small. We will need to crop your child's image to a consistent head size for yearbook and school services. Avoid fresh haircuts or new hairstyles. DO wash, curl, and prepare your child's hair for this special day. We will do our best to neaten a hairstyle, but we will not change it. We always use sterile combs if we need to comb hair and they are used once and discarded.
For best results, we recommend solid colors and prints in medium to dark tones. PLEASE AVOID SOLID WHITE AND NEON COLORS. Neon colors are highly reflective and do not photograph well. Subjects photographed wearing neon colors will have the neon color reflected under the chin and the lower sides of their face. If we are photographing a green screen program, please avoid wearing green as it makes your torso invisible to the camera. You will be notified through your picture day flyer and on this site if a particular program is green-screen.
School Portraits capture an irreplaceable moment in time. If your child has braces, it is best to let them pose with their natural smile, rather than hiding them. As parents, we wanted to memorialize every stage in our children's lives, and braces were a natural part of their middle school experience.
On Picture Day
With our exclusive School Pics™ proof program, there is no money required on picture day. Proofs and portrait selections will be sent later, and you can make your portrait selection at home.
Backgrounds: See the background example below for the Fall 2019 background:
PROOFS AND ORDERING
Approximately two weeks after picture day, your child will bring home their proof envelope with their proofs and ordering information. We accept cash, check, or you can order securely online with your credit or debit card.
Be sure to process your portrait order online or return your paper portrait orders by the DUE DATE on the proof envelope. We need the proof returned to make sure your pose choice for yearbook is accurate. Proofs returned after the due date will receive POSE 1.
Some package options have first name personalization, so if your child's name is misspelled, please note their correct spelling in the box provided on the proof envelope, and it will be updated in our database. Sorry, we are not able to include titles such as "Jr", or suffixes such as "I, II, or III". Your school's orders will be submitted to the lab together as one batch, so it's important to return your proof and order by the due date. Orders received after the due date will need to be processed online. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail customer service: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at
Not Ordering at this time?
Please return your proof card even if you are not ordering at this time, since we will need your input if you want any pose other than the first one for your child's yearbook pose. You will receive a "Second Chance Proof" and can access the online ordering system throughout the school year.
Don't forget to order enough portraits to share with family and friends. Your portraits will be a treasured memory of your child's school years. Portraits truly become more valuable as each year passes!