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My sil called up yesterday to demand a school picture of my dd. She has one from my nephews and her children... where is my dd's?<br>
We don't have one.<br>
So she wants one that "looks like a school picture".<br>
Whatever.<br><br>
So, as homeschoolers, do you go out and get a picture taken to pass around as the "school" picture?
 

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Thus far, we haven't really had the funds to do a yearly picture. However, I would like to start getting the kids' picture taken in Oct/Nov to send out in Christmas cards. I won't make it look "schooly", 'cause ~WHY~? Who want's an overprocessed picture when they can have a nicer one?
 

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School pictures? Yuck! Mine were always awful. Whenever someone asks for a photo, I tell them they're welcome to bring a camera to visit anytime. They can even use digital and then format it to look like a school photos.<br><br>
I have a feeling your SIL is poking at you a bit because you're not doing something traditional, but maybe that's way off target.
 

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You could ways go to wal-mart or something (yes wal-mart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: ) where you get a million pics for like $4 and they are actually BETTER then what the schools take which is sad. I plan on just taking dd's pic myself with the digi and making copies at walgreens to put in xmas cards.
 

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The Wal-Mart portrait studio back in my hometown is actually pretty good. It basically comes down to if the photographers are competent or not. And you can't argue w/ the price. WAAY cheaper than school pictures, actually, and better quality.<br><br>
Out here, I'd rather scrounge a coupon and go to Sears. Either way, DD needs her portrait done again soon, haven't had one in a year and a half.<br><br>
But as to wanting "school" pictures, just tell them they'll have to settle for studio portraits, or come take a pic themselves as you said. What a dumb thing to get hung up on.
 

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I take a set of pictures of the kids twice a year myself with a digital camera. We usually go to a lovely park or wooded area for the settings. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We then email and snail mail the "school" (not! lol) pictures to fam and friends.
 

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Shoot, I never buy the pictures of my kids who *do* attend school!<br><br>
But interesting idea, school pictures for the homeschooled kids...
 

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Ditto UnschoolInMa. We go to a park or I hang a background (usually a sheet or fabric) in my living room and take my own pictures with my digital camera. I haven't done it yet this year, but I will, and then I get 5x7's printed for the Grandparents. Much better than anything we ever did at Sears etc.
 

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What an awsome idea (the park)!!! I've been sad because I didn't do Christmas pictures last year because we couldn't even afford a tree (dh lost his job right before) and things aren't looking much better this year (stupid car business...he just got laid off again). I never even considered taking the kids pics myself and printing them out. DUH. I'm brilliant sometimes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:
 

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This year we sent out soccer pictures in leiu of school pics to all of the relatives. We're also planning to have a big family pic taken at Christmas time. But, no, we don't do 'school' pictures here.
 

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all t he homeschool groups here do school pictures. One uses a dad photographer adn the other actually uses the the school people.<br><br>
Id your SIL doing something special with the picture? maybe making a frame for grandma or something? I can se how similar pictures would be nessecary.<br><br>
If you want to oblige her I would go to a department store photo place (walmart, sears, penny's) and get a basic headshot with a plain back ground.
 

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I was thinking along the lines of UnschoolnMa's suggestion. When you're out exploring or at a museum or farm or something. That would be a great "school" picture. The world is your classroom <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My DD isn't old enough to HS yet, though we are considering it for elementary school. However I do have a sis who home schools and two brothers who do not. My mom often requests "school photos" and wants a certain size, like to fit in her wallet or a frame with all her grandkids in it. I say if they're making demands and you do have the money to get some pics developed, ask what size their looking for, wallet sized or frame sized, or what, and then crop something of your children to send to them.<br><br>
What frustrates my Mom is that she ends up with pics of my brothers' kids of one size and buys a frame for them, and then the homeschooled kids don't fit in. Silly reason, but I plan to entertain her on that and just ask what size pictures she'd like me to make.<br><br>
Our Walgreen's has a machine where you can crop to wallet size any photo you bring in whether it's the farm or at home or whatever. You don't have to pay a photographer.
 

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Well, I took some posed pictures of dd this afternoon... some inside in front of a plain sheet and some outside. I usually do take a nice Christmas pic of dd and include it in cards we send out. We've never done a professional picture- which has always irked some family members no matter if I take a nice picture- and this school picture thing is new to us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br>
I'm not sure if they'll look like a school picture... if she doesn't like it I guess I'll invite her to pay for pictures or take her own.
 

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Target & JC Penney's in my town always have coupons a couple of times a year for their Portrait Studios. Other stores probably do, too, but I remember theirs.
 

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You can also take any photos you already have, new ones from the park, digital etc and take them to walmart and use the kodak thingy....it scans them and its kind of fun you can crop them, rotate, remove red eye etc. Then you can buy them by the sheet you oculd even get small wallet ones so they will really look like school photos...lol
 

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I agree about making demanding relatives pay for it. When my mom wants pictures she takes us to the portrait studio (usually Wal Mart, lol) and SHE pays for them, keeps what she wants out of the package, and gives us the rest to divvy up as we will.
 

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I do that using Ofoto, so I don't even have to leave home. Their software is fairly user friendly. We got Nadia's birth announcements through them, which was nice, because I got to pick my own, UC birth friendly, wording. I used a picture I took of the kids sitting on the couch holding the baby.
 
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