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What is School Picture Day and How to be Well-Prepared?

Picture day at school can be an exciting but also nerve-wracking time for both students and parents. On one hand, it's a chance to capture a moment in your child's life that you'll cherish forever. On the other hand, it's a time when your child will be in front of a camera, which can be daunting for some.

This article will discuss what school picture day is, how to look great on a school picture day, and some creative ways you can showcase funny school pictures.

What Is School Picture Day?

It’s a day when all the students in a school and their parents are given a chance to have a professional picture of themselves taken to preserve memories of that school year. It is also an opportunity for the parents to buy a keepsake of their child's school year.

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For most schools, picture day first happens in preschool and occurs annually throughout the students' 12 years of schooling or sometimes twice a year.

The school hires professional photographers to come in and take the photos, which they then print and make available for purchase by the parents.

Besides parents purchasing these photos, the school also uses them to make students' identity cards and for its yearbook.

How to Look Great on School Picture Day?

Apart from you looking great in the photo, you should also ensure that your child looks their best. Here are some tips on how to look great on school picture day:

1. Get a Good Night's Sleep

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Ensure you and your child get a good night's sleep before the big day. This will help both of you look fresh and alert in the morning. Moreover, it will help reduce dark circles or under-eye bags, which make you look tired in your photos.

2. Wear Clothes You Feel Comfortable In

For you, this means choosing an outfit that makes you feel confident. Wear decent and appropriate clothes for the school setting and which you feel good in.

For your child, select clothes they feel comfortable in and which are clean and presentable. The best way is to choose their favorite outfit, which will help them feel relaxed on that day.

3. Have Your Hair Done

The way your hair looks will have a significant impact on how your photo turns out. If you have long hair, you can curl it or wear it in an updo. You can use a headband or clip to keep it in place for short hair. As for your child, make sure their hair is also well-groomed.
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It is not advisable to try new hairstyles on school picture day as they might not look good in the photos. It would be best if you stick to the regular hairstyle to bring out the best in the photos.

4. Wear Light Jewelry

You don't want to look like you're trying too hard or trying to show off. A simple necklace or earrings will suffice. As for your child, they don't need to wear any jewelry as it may make them look uncomfortable, especially if they are not used to it.

5. Avoid Glare on Your Glasses

If you wear glasses daily or they're part of your personality, ensure that you wear them on picture day. The last thing you want is the glare to reflect off your glasses and obscure your face. To avoid this, remove lenses and only wear the frame.

6. Be Relaxed and Happy

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This will help you to look great in the photo. Avoid getting stressed about the photo day, as this will show on your face. Be positive and happy on the day to look great in the photo.

You can also help your child to be relaxed and comfortable by telling them jokes and making them laugh. This will make them look great in the photo as well.

7. Self Care Should Be a Priority

In the days leading up to the school picture day, ensure you and your child take care of yourselves. This means eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water.

Also, ensure both of you take care of your skin by cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing it.

8. Check and Analyze Your Previous School Photos

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You can check your first-day-of-school picture ideas as they can bring out ideas about what works and what doesn't work for you in terms of your appearance. You can also check other peoples' school photos to get ideas for improving your look. This will help you know what to do differently to look great in your school photo this year.

9. Take Pictures of Yourselves before the School Picture Day

You can take some pictures of you and your child together before the school picture day. This will help you see how you look together and ensure that you are both happy with your appearance. It will also help you correct any mistakes you may have made and correct them before the school picture day.

10. Follow the Directions of the Photographer

The photographer knows how to capture the best photo of you and your child. Follow their directions on how to stand, where to look, and what to do with your hands. This will ensure you get the best photo possible.

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Creative Ways to Show Funny School Pictures

Since school picture day takes place every year, parents have many pictures of their children. These pictures are a great way to show off your child's growth throughout the years.

Since these pictures are many, you must find a creative way to show them off. Here are some ideas:

1. Stick Them on a Canvas

You can get a canvas, preferably the same color as your wall. You then print your photos, after which you will cut the canvas into various shapes depending on the size of your photos. Ensure that each photo fits precisely into the cut-out shapes, as they will act as the frame for your photos.

You then glue your pictures on the canvas using mod Podge. After the glue dries, hang your canvas on the walls of your house.

2. Use Ceramic Tiles

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You can use ceramic tiles to display your funny school pictures. First, you need to purchase ceramic tiles from your local hardware store. Print the photos you want to display, and then by using mod podge, glue your photos to the ceramic tiles.

Ensure that the photos fit snugly on the tiles. Once the mod podge dries, you can hang the tiles on your wall in any pattern you want using hooks or loose strips.

3. Encase Your Pictures in Antique Frames

You can purchase antique frames from an antique shop. You can then proceed to fit your photos in the frame. Since the frames are old, they will give your photos a vintage look. You can then hang these antique frames with your photos on the wall or display them at an angle on a shelf.

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4. Pin Them on a Chalkboard Wall

Purchase chalkboard paint from a local hardware store, paint a section of your wall, and then leave it to dry. Once it is dry, use push pins to hang the school pictures on the wall. This is a great way to display many pictures in a small space.

It would help if you arranged the pictures chronologically from the oldest to the latest ones. You can even use chalk to indicate each picture's year and draw borders around each one.

5. Use a Wooden Board and Wire Display

You will need a wooden board that is big enough to fit all your school pictures. Paint the wood board in any color you want, preferably one similar to the color of your wall.

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Once the paint is dry, screw in two eye hooks on each side of the board. Cut a piece of wire and string it through the eye hooks. You will use this to hang the pictures. Fit the wood board on a nail on the wall and use clothespins to clip the pictures onto the wire.

Moreover, it will be best if you arrange the pictures from the oldest to the most recent to clearly show your child's growth.

6. Transform Your Photos into Magnets

While printing your school pictures on paper is a norm, you could also get them printed on magnets. Due to the advancement of technology, this is now possible.

You can even find shops that do this for you. With this, you can display your school pictures on your fridge or any other metal surface.

7. Arrange Them Along the Staircase

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If you have a staircase in your house, use washing or painter's tape to secure the pictures to the wall. This is an excellent way to display school pictures, as it will not damage your walls.

Arrange these pictures in chronological order ascending the stairs so that the most recent picture is at the top. You can also use different frame sizes to add interest to the display and make it more appealing to the eye.


A school picture day is essential for every student and their parents as it is a day to remember and be proud of. It is also a day when every student and parent wants to look their best.

Knowing the tips on being well-prepared for this day can assure you and your child that you will have a great day and that the pictures will turn out well.

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