School photos are a lot like TBall photos. Yesterday, we talked about eschewing the traditional, boring portraits for something that "speaks" to your kid's personality a little better for a lot less $$. Well, I am back today to share another way to "beat" the school photography system and help record those cute little faces AND those cute little personalities.
It is simple really. Take a photo of your kiddos on the first day of school, on picture day, any day near the beginning of the school year. Pop the photo in photoshop or picmonkey and add a few of your kid's "favorites". The way I get them to give me interesting and accurate desciptors is to ask detailed questions like:
The beauty of this system is that you are pairing a more natural photo (compared to those stiff, one-pose school pictures) with actual words from your kiddo about what they value at this stage in their life. Both are valuable and both hold a lot of sentimental value.
The problem with these prints is that you have to have the sizing EXACTLY right when you go to print or words get a little too close to the edge or get cut off and it takes a lot of finagling to get your photo aligned correctly to print. My solution? A three photo canvas setup.
The large portrait (up and down) rectangle is for the actual photo, the smaller, top right rectangle for the name and grade and the bottom right rectangle for the "likes". It is a WHOLE lot easier formatting these canvases than attempting to format one photo with text overlay (trust me -- I've tried!!)
Here is how I create the text squares. I work on the name first, choosing a font and staying consistent with it throughout the canvases (This particular font is a free font called NeoRetroDraw).