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What Would You Do? School Photographer "Enhances" Photos

Pigtails are put up and collars are popped — it's picture day at school! Dressed up in their stain-free tees, moms and dads encourage their little angels to stay clean and smile big for the camera. Regardless of the results, most parents will tell their wee ones how gorgeous they look and frame it for their desk. So how would you feel if someone took your child's image and airbrushed any "imperfections" out of it? That's what happened to one Swedish father. His 3-year-old daughter's preschool image appeared less than perfect to the man behind the lens. Instead of providing the dad with the image captured, he airbrushed the child's scar off her nose. Upset about the unapproved changes, the father said:

It's just not right, it's a sign that people refuse to accept the world as it is and all these problems associated with idealized beauty just seem wrong. They assume that parents don't want scars, but I do. The scar is a part of who she is.

While he may not like it, some parents don't mind when the photographer takes off a scratch on the cheek, a bruised lip or a runny nose. So tell mommy, would you want your child's school photo enhanced or left as-is?

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Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I have a couple of school pictures from my teen years that are incredibly painful to look at. I was such an awkward looking, ugly girl and I hate that my parents got the photos. No amount of retouching could "improve" these couple of pics.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
agree, a child's "imperfections" make them who they are i was in two weddings as a toddler with huge scrapes on my face and the pictures are precious my friend had her birthmark "retouched" once in a grad photo and it's just's part of who she is, and she didn't ask to be airbrushed they shouldn't be doing that without permission. and even with permission, it just seems silly
babysugar babysugar 7 years
Cheersdarling, I totally agree with you! I fell off a swing the night before my 6th grade picture and my cousin busted her lip playing basketball before hers. They make us laugh every time we look at them. Who would want to erase those markers of time?
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
Bad school pictures are a right of passage. I do not look back at my pictures and wished they looked better. I look back and laugh and if I want to see better pictures I look at the ones my parents took. If it is an option to have them retouched than fine but don't just do it because you think they should look better.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Oh and I rarely ever buy the school photos as it is because I'm usually not happy with them (the backgrounds are just awful), and they're far too expensive. I can take much better photos of my children and have prints made at a fraction of the cost.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
If it's an offered service and the parents opt for it to be done to their photos that's one thing. For the photographer to make the decision on his/her own without asking the parent is a bit inappropriate and assuming IMO.
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