We all remember getting our school photo taken, every year, with or without our (favourite) brothers and sisters ….. recalling the day our mother sent us off to school with freshly washed hair, a clean shirt and plenty of instructions to ‘look your best’ and ‘smile and not make silly faces’!!!!
But how many times did you get the picture back, only to see yourself looking gawky and nerdy and wondering why your mum was ordering 20 of them and planning to send them to every relative going in their annual Christmas card again? Jeepers! What was she thinking?
If you had the chance to get rid of that massive spot on your chin, loose the glasses, scrap the braces or replace those speckled freckles with smooth, radiant skin, then how many of us may feel differently when looking back so fondly on those Year 3 school photos!
I recently read that there are around 30,000,000 school photos taken in the USA each year and of those, 50% are now being airbrushed!! YES THAT IS 50% being retouched and edited in one shape or form!!! Wow! That certainly tells me that this craze to look perfect just isn’t going away and is in fact more ingrained than ever in the younger generations!
Do I agree with air brushing children at such a young age to let them think that they can look beautiful in a school photo when they may well already look gorgeous to their parents? Well, that is a whole different question…….