Picture Day

Days like this are always funny to look back on…. aren’t they, Charlotte? …Charlotte? Aren’t they?










I am participating in The Waiting’s “Remember the Time…” Blog Hop

Check out the original post here and read through the rest of the participants’ blog posts for more School Portrait memories. To participate yourself, follow the instructions at Emily’s site.





47 responses to “Picture Day”

  1. mimijk Avatar

    Reminds me of Judith Viorst’s “Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (one of my sons’ favorite books from their childhood)..

      1. pegoleg Avatar

        I loved that book!

  2. Mitzi McColley Sorensen Avatar

    Love these pics! That’s a lot of work.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It was! This one had a different background for each panel, so it took a while :)

  3. Simple Heart Girl Avatar

    “The theme smelled good.”
    Hahahaha! That’s so funny!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I think so, too! I didn’t make it up– it’s a real answer that Charlotte’s son just gave for his vocab review. :)

  4. JackieP Avatar

    Oh I hated school pics! They always turned out bad. ;-)

  5. jensine Avatar

    I’ve just had a week filled with days like that …

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ugh, me too. Sorry to hear that it’s going around.

  6. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

    I love that you joined the blog hop… fun prompt and wonderful response by the Middlest Sister.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I joined now! It was a happy coincidence that I’ve been working on this one :) Hooray for good timing!

      1. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

        Perfect timing! Welcome to the club… fun prompts and great posts. I’ll be adding mine later today; hope you’ll check it out. :-)

        1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

          Sounds like a great club! I’d love to participate more in the future. I’ll definitely read through the rest!

          1. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

            It’s been so fun… the nostalgia is perfect for your wonderful artwork.

  7. The Waiting Avatar

    OMG, I adore this :D Did you know that this week’s theme for my nostalgic blog linkup is school picture day? Pleeeeease linkup with us.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ahh I will! Let me see if I can do it with my phone…

      1. The Waiting Avatar

        That should be no problem!

        1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

          I’m so happy this coincidence has let me participate! Usually I can’t without a lot of heads up since it takes so long to cut these things :D

    2. AreYouFinishedYet Avatar

      I thought the exact same thing when I saw this! Nicole, you are so talented. I love your stuff! And I am impressed with the patience you have to create these!

      1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

        Thank you :) I love making them

  8. Dara Avatar

    I do like a smelly theme!

  9. Jen Anderson Avatar

    Yeah, that’s about right.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Poor Charlotte had a day like this that culminated with a photo at the DMV. It is the funniest driver’s license photo I have ever seen.

  10. lazylauramaisey Avatar

    Great post! Not sure why that ‘theme’ sentence wasn’t correct, though. Clearly the teacher didn’t understand it properly.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! Teachers can be so rigid sometimes.

  11. She's a Maineiac Avatar

    Ah, memories! Add a dog slobbering all over my hair and some boys pile-driving my face into the dirt on the playground and that was my picture day. Well done, Nicole, this was one of my faves!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Aww, poor Darla! School photos were so terrible… but so terrible, I actually keep a secret photo album of them from all my loved ones (and myself!) to laugh at when I am down.

  12. Charlotte Avatar

    Some days you just can’t smile. And sometimes you have to sit for a stupid photo on those no-smile days. Ugh…memories. There’s a smelly theme to laugh about!

  13. silkpurseproductions Avatar

    We’ve all had one of those picture days…at least once. You’ve captured it perfectly.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! I think I had this every school picture day from 1st grade on…

  14. muddledmom Avatar

    Love the kids in line with the combs. My kids always come home with pictures where their hair is combed into the worst hairstyles. Whomever did it clearly does not style hair at all. I always hated picture day too. Now that I’m on the opposite side, it’s not much better. Love the work you put into this!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It just occurred to me as I was making this that my daughter might get first school photo this year (pre k)… I’m sorry to hear it’s just as bad on the parent side!

  15. Rae Avatar

    Perfect frumpy face!

    My mom had a great love of dressing me up like a “Little House on the Prairie” girl for many delicate early years of my life (until I was in 5th grade!). I never had the heart to tell her that her sweet handmade dresses were not very fashionable, so there are a lot of school pictures with me looking like I was dragged in from a different time period.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh my gosh… I want to see these photos. !

  16. bloggeretterized Avatar

    awww Charlotte! you guys should get her a professional photo session for her birthday to make it up! :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! That is a great idea! If only her last terrible photo day hadn’t been at the DMV.

      1. bloggeretterized Avatar

        :D wow, she really needs something to get rid of the terrible photo day curse! Charlotte, I’m rooting for you! ;)

  17. fakingpictureperfect Avatar

    Oh my gosh. Your blog is my new favorite. Love.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! That’s so nice to hear! :)

  18. Is Everyone an Idiot but Me? Avatar

    I love this! Especially because of how good the theme smelled haha

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hahaha! Thank you! It’s been freshly bathed.

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  20. pegoleg Avatar

    I love this! Those wonderful/terrible school pictures are like little time capsules. I don’t think do-overs and air-brushing should be allowed, at least not in grade school. A horrible picture is character building, right Charlotte? Right?

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