Haiku Friday: School Pictures

Her first school picture
Takes an hour to make her sit
So very Cordy

I knew in advance that picture day didn’t go well at school. Her teacher told me that it took nearly an hour to get her into the picture room, and even then she didn’t want to get near the flash and the camera. To make it even better, she had split her bottom lip that morning, too.

Cordy used to love getting her picture taken at photo studios as a baby. Proof? OK, if you insist:

See? I told you she loved the camera. But since the summer before she turned two, photo studios have scared her terribly, and after the last attempt at two years old, we haven’t tried taking her back. Her sensory issues have only become worse since then – I can’t imagine she would be able to sit for an entire photo session.

So I wasn’t surprised to find this as her first preschool picture:

A slightly scared, cautiously curious, partially pissed-off look. Yep, that’s my girl. And while at first I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get a smile from her, after looking at it more, I love it. It is a photographic representation of everything that has been going on with her in the past year, and it tells so much. It shows the work the teachers put in to convince Cordy to trust them, letting them bring her into the room. It shows her courage to eventually deal with the stress of the bright, flashing light.

I can’t wait to give this picture to the grandparents.

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  1. great picture.

    and at last, nablopomo is done done done

  2. oh, that’s too cute!

    cate – http://www.monkeysandmarbles.com

  3. WorksForMom says:

    Those are PRICELESS shots. Oh so sweet.

  4. That’s a wonderful picture. So many school portraits are lacking a smile. The photographer is a stranger. The child is being sat up there all alone. Usually there isn’t a parent to help the through. It’s stressful. I’m really impressed with Cordy.

  5. What a gorgeous girl, both then and now. We have a first preschool picture that is less than smiley too:

    (OCt 28 post, in case the link doesn’t work)


  6. Lovely. She is soo cute.

  7. Great Haiku and Pictures! Happy Haiku Friday!

  8. I’m with you. If a picture captures the kid, it’s a good picture. And, I actually like her pouty look.

  9. Aw, I like that expression. Shots like that are the best!

  10. I love it when pictures capture who they really are. And her hair? Incredible curls.

    I have enjoyed reading haiku around the blogosphere on Fridays. Thought I would give it a try today.

  11. She’s precious!!!

  12. She is darling!

  13. Oh my goodness, these are adorable!

  14. I’m a professional photographer, and I think you have yourself a wonderful keepsake there. I am an absolute perfectionist when it comes to my work, and let me tell you, children are always hard. They are always scared, and nervous…and are the bravest because they still do it. Cordy did an amazing job. She looked right at the camera, and sat still long enough for you to get that glimpse of your baby in the blink of an eye. Congratulations to her, and to you, for seeing it.

  15. I think it’s cute!!

    And her baby pictures… TOO sweet!

    Yay to Cordy for conquering her fears!

  16. Omigod, those pictures are so freakin’ cute! My parents have a picture of me when I was 3 or 4 and although I was smiling, I was terrified. I remember the photo session. Eep!

    The photographer who took the pix at Sweet Pea’s school actually guaranteed “pleasant smiles!” I was shocked at such a gutsy guarantee, but in Sweet Pea’s case it worked out beautifully.

  17. i have to to tell you i love that picture! its very real and who she is right now. plus even with a slightly pissed off look, she’s adorable!

  18. Head Gaggler says:

    Awww, she looks adorable!!

  19. I agree — that’s a great picture. The one on the rocking horse, though? Shades of Naughty Cordy coming through there! HA! I love it. I love them all!

  20. Yeay. She is so adoreable. Love that sweet little face!

    As a mom to a son with sensory issues, those toddler and preschool years were TOUGH. It does get better tho.

  21. Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) says:

    Before I even got past the picture and kept reading, I was thinking that I love that photo. I’m glad you do, too!

    Happy Friday. :-)

  22. OMG, she is too cute!

  23. She is beautiful and it’s a wonderful picture. So very brave of her to trust her teachers and sit there. :)

  24. All of the pictures are great. As you said, this picture just represents everything she has been through.

    My parents have a picture of me at 3 frowning at the camera, simply because I didn’t want my picture made. My mom finally had to leave her class she was teaching, just to come get a picture made with me so I would smile!

  25. Secret Agent Mama says:

    I actually think it’s quite the cute photograph. Her curls are to die for, but she will probably want straight hair when she’s older. That’s how it goes, eh?

  26. Heidi Hyde says:

    What a sweet girl. Those shots of her as a baby are so cute!! The preschool shot totally captures her in the moment!


  27. Oh my! I can’t even stand those pics they are soooo cute! What a doll!

  28. Almost thought I wasn’t going to make it today. But I guess I’m finishing off NaBloPoMo with a bang. :)

  29. Those photos are wonderful, even the ones which took an hour.

    I’m sans kids for the next six days, gone to take care of my mom as she recovers from surgery. So my ku is related to that.

  30. Your daughter looks adorable. Considering how stressful the process is for her, she is a brave girl!

  31. Jennifer aka Binky Bitch says:

    She is so gorgeous! What a great shot.

  32. MamaMichelsBabies says:

    SO cute.. and your right, way better then then one with a regular smile, there’s so much personality there.

  33. Yes, a beautiful photo! Her vulnerability adds to the “cuteness” factor, regardless of how you attribute meaning to it.

  34. I love the school photo. You can see so much expression in her eyes. And that hair… just beautiful.

  35. Love yo ufor loving that photo. It’s always the one I hate at first that ends up being my favorite later, the one that really captures who she is.

  36. Staci Schoff says:

    Great pictures! Once when I took my oldest for his pictures I couldn’t figure out why he kept making such a ridiculous face and after he told me he was “smiling like Toad” (of “Frog and Toad” fame). Just great. ;)

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