33 years of School Portraits

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Last year I calculated that over my career as a student and a high school teacher, I’ve taken 32 school portraits.

About 10 years ago, a student posed for her school picture displaying a whole pineapple from a fruit display that was in the room at the time of the photo shoot.  It kind of blew my mind.  I considered it and then decided; no more serious portraits.

The next four or five years after that I… took serious portraits.  Just out of habit; after the shoot, I’d remember that I had wanted to do something else, something more interesting.

Then I quit my job and moved to China.

I got my job back after three years away, and so I’m back to taking school portraits… only this time, I remember that I want to do something interesting moments before they actually snap the picture.  So this year and last year, I made my picture with the only prop I had within reach; my cell phone.  Oh well, make it work, right?

It’s kind of a shame: just before this photo shoot, I walked all the way back to my office to put away my ukulele.  I bet that would have been a fun portrait.

Maybe for number 34 I will bring my ukulele.  Or maybe I can just snag something from the buffet table….

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