Call me a product of my times, but every year I am confronted by the backwardness of school photos. Can anyone explain to me why, in a world of instantaneous everything, we are asked to select IN ADVANCE which photo package of our child we want based on an image that has not even been taken yet? How easy would it be to take the children's pictures, provide an online link and password and let parents electronically select which photo package they want based on actually seeing something?
Do you buy a car without test driving it? Do you purchase an outfit without trying it on? Why on earth would I pre-order a picture I've never seen and may hate?
If Target and Walmart and Shutterfly and every professional photographer I've ever encountered can provide such simple, free picture viewing services before ordering snapshots, surely the school photographers can do the same.
Rant over. Now for my last question. How much am I scarring my children by refusing to buy canned, ugly school photos?