I always hesitate to purchase the packages from LifeTouch that the school offers. Their photographers seem to have always missed photography 101. In Kindergarten my son had art class before pictures and they had his whole shirt in the picture complete with white paint. In the first grade Spring pictures they used too much of a gaussian blur, a filter, a PS action, something, and it was blurry and my kid looked stoned. Every.single.frikken.year. he comes home with that fake smile.
This year I told my son to say an “M” word like “Monkey butts” to elicit a more natural smile. The photographer waned him to say “cheese.” Evidently an argument ensued between my third grader and the adult photographer, and my son refused to smile because he wasn’t going to fake smile because Mom said he’d “better not.” This is the resulting photo, and I’m keeping them because the story is hilarious. I laughed so hard when my son told it, I cried.