School pictures happen every year, but somehow we never were ready. Whether you wore the wrong dress, didn't brush your hair, or happened to have just lost a tooth, school pictures always turned into a contest of whose turned out worse.
Those big envelopes with the clear plastic windows were the most stressful delivery of the year. Your teacher would call your name and you would have to go to the front of the class and grab it, and hope that they wouldn't say anything about it when they handed it to you. You never wanted to be the person who had to go get re-shoots.
We all remember what it was like to get the pictures taken right?
Our moms would put us in our best party dresses or our pants with the fewest rips
They were going to spend way too much money on 30 wallet sized photos to send to all your grandparents and extended family, so you better look good.
We would struggle to stay clean until our picture time
If your class picture was after recess, forget it. You were absolutely going to be covered in playground dirt no matter how hard you tried to stay still.
Trying to smile on cue was always the worst
They would have you sit down so quick and yell a bunch of instructions, but the worst was that they expected us to have a natural smile that wasn't at all forced. And if your smile looked weird, you wouldn't know for weeks because it's not like it was instant.