School picture day is a tradition dating back, well, probably since there were cameras and schools. Part of the charm for parents is getting a yearly photograph that reminds you of exactly what your child looks like from year-to-year.
The good, the bad, and the ugly, because we all go through those phases, my friends.
But now, with technology and everything, school photographers are offering to make your kid look like his or her best – but not necessarily true – self.
One mom, though, isn’t having it.
The girls have their school photo today and there is the option to AIRBRUSH the picture! There are two levels offered!! What the….?! Have complained! What 8 yr old needs to be paranoid about an “uneven skin tone” pic.twitter.com/6BGCx3FRZ9
— Sam Walker (@WalkerSam) October 28, 2019
What 8-year-old, Sam Walker asks, needs to be concerned about their tooth or skin color in a picture they didn’t want to take, anyway?
She spoke with Metro US to further explain her outrage.
“When you have a child who has some issues and so to suggest we can wipe that away you can look like everyone else is incredibly dangerous and very sad.”
Other parents, some of whom have children with skin conditions, agreed with her.
Teach him to love himself, he is living with it and it's going to be with him forever.
If he is having issues hiding it in photos isn't going to help him, you'll only teach him that there is something wrong with his skin.
— Calliope Jackalope 🐰 (@TLJackalope) October 28, 2019
This is appalling. My daughter has 9% full thickness burns and we have never attempted to hide her scars in photos. We just taught her that she is amazing as she is.
— Home Improvement Sales Network (@HISalesNetwork) October 28, 2019
The photographer in question hasn’t commented, though we can all assume that they offer those additional services because some extra mom somewhere requested them.
That said, let’s all agree that kids are kids, and kid’s photos should come complete with some form of this mom’s checklist:
My 4 year olds first ever school photo this month. This is also an option. I was gobsmacked then disgusted. Who photoshops school photos?
Lunch cardigan stain ✔️
Dishevelled hair ✔️
Face graze from fall at lunch time ✔️
That makes it a school photo 👍
— Kate (@ellasservant) October 28, 2019
Please. Kids have so little that’s pure – let them have the terrible images that will show up on their wedding video one day, I’m begging you.