This has been going on for a few years. Every time I get the kids’ picture order form, it offers Photoshopping for an additional fee. While I don’t think this extra service edits down the child’s actual size (at least I hope not), they specifically offer to remove “blemishes” and do other things like edit jacked up hair-do strands.
I never thought too much about this until today when I took Greedy Kid #1 for her senior pictures in cap and gown. She asked me to pay the extra cost to have her pimples Photoshopped out. Without even thinking, I said yes. But now I’m not so sure that was the right answer. Maybe even a quick conversation about body-image before I agreed to it would have been better, but it all happened so fast. Where’s the rewind button?
Senior pictures are obviously a big deal and I already agreed to the pimple erasing, so I’m not going to rescind on it now. Her few little pimples aren’t even that bad. Just the normal teenage stuff. My own teen acne was much worse and my senior photo is kinda bad. I took my pictures immediately following three sweaty hours of summer cheerleading practice in the auditorium. I was literally a hot mess. But at least it’s the real me with zero “airbrushing”, as they would have called it back in 1990. And that makes it perfect.
Aside from senior pictures, would you pay to have your child’s regular school pictures Photoshopped if they asked for it?