Tuesday, November 11, 2008

*School* Pictures

Luke's first 'School' pictures arrived yesterday. I was a bit surprised when I first heard that our daycare actually had a picture day, but Mrs. LIAYF and I were excited to actually have a professional photographer get a shot of Lukas because, in his 16 months, we had yet to have a formal sitting for him. Not even a sit down picture with Santa last year, a parental crime of monumental proportion that we will certainly not commit again this year.
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Although Luke looks a bit startled and wasn't smiling, we were pretty happy with how this picture turned out. After all, he wasn't crying despite strangers messing with him. Being a handsome boy helps quite a bit too. The photographer did a good job of getting him to sit still and get his attention which is something we have extreme difficulty doing ourselves. Kudos to them.

Scary Mommy recently posted a call out to bloggers to show the good, the bad, and the ugly school photos they have stored away. Since this is Lukas' first picture day and it turned out fairly nice, for me it qualifies as the Good.

Now, for the Bad - Mrs. LIAYF generously allowed me to post her high school marching band photo from 1985, freshman year (yes, she was a band geek):



(Bee Girl, Be a girl...)

Personally, I think she's adorable. Mrs. LIAYF, however, cringes whenever she sees this lovely photo. Note the big feathered hair (not as big as other girls' hair - she went to high school in Kentucky), the high-riding band pants, the fabulous plaid sash, shiney wide belt, black ascot, and the "action" pose of her mallets. She informs me there was also an enormous black cowboy hat that went with this outfit (thankfully, not pictured). Freckles weren't cool yet, but this picture shows she had a ton (the marching band practiced outside a lot in the sun). This picture reminds me of Jodi Foster in "Freaky Friday" - she also played the glockenspiel. Mrs. LIAYF rocks this uniform, don't you think?

As for the Ugly, I pulled out this gem from my personal archives:



(If this kid comes along...You must whip it!)

Check out those phat burns! And the Devo style helmut head was a 1979 must have. Other great features highlighted in this school picture are the "snap it already!" fake half smile as well as the faded orangish purple tint. Finally, this shirt is a disco dream, calling out loudly to the ladies that it is worn by one very cool, and very available, dude (especially to one band geek - four years my junior and probably in grade school at this point).

Lukas has many years of school pictures ahead of him, but I'll go out on a limb here and say he won't be able to top this one for extreme nerd factor. Do you have any geeky photos of your own? Brave enough to post them? Go on over to Scary Mommy and post them. I dare you!

17 comments:

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Now that is freshly combed hair. Remember when they had the box of combs next to the sign in table at picture day?

SciFi Dad said...

Dude... that photo of you was from '79? In '79 I wasn't even IN school yet. Holy crap you're old! ;)

Also? Yellow band uniform? Pfft. Try cherry red with "aussie" style hat (cowboy hat with one side pinned up with a feather in it) and a ruffled ascot. Uhm, yeah.

iVegasFamily said...

You all look great for your respective eras. Although, Luke's is the best.

Phil said...

Oh man, I could close my eyes, reach in to my box of old photos, and instantly pull a cringe-worthy pic out.

I was geeky looking until... yesterday.

Scary Mommy said...

I think you look like quite the stud. A dated stud, but a stud nonetheless. And the picture of Luke is precious. Jeez, that daycare really milks you for everything they can, huh? Not even two and they're doing school pictures?! But, it's adorable, so that makes it ok.

So glad you played along. I was beginning to feel like I threw a party and nobody showed. ;)

Xbox4NappyRash said...

That is one priceless Mrs Picture there!

Being Jake... said...

Awesome first pic of Lukas!! My worst pic was from the late 80's with the bangs that were at least 7" and the side wings that had half a can of Aqua Net on then!! Oh wait....don't forget the black eyeliner!!! HEAVY METAL RULES! ((at least back then))

Mocha Dad said...

That shirt is awesome! You could sell it one eBay and make a fortune.

James Austin said...

@Ed - Can't you tell from my mop that it was certainly combed down/

@SciFi - Yes, I am getting a late go of it. The ruffled ascot and the feather sound lovley.

@Vegasdad - Yes, Luke's is easily the best.

@Phil - I too have many more I could have chosen from, but this one struck a chord.

@Scary Mommy - Build it and they will come. Thanks for the pity comment, the picture must be working.

@Xbox - She is my gorgeous band geek. Priceless for sure.

@Mandy - Heavy Metal is still cool, isn't it? Have you heard something I haven't?

@Mochadad - I only wish I still had this mesmerizing number. I wouldn't sell it though, just use it to impress my lady.

DC Urban Dad said...

Woo-wee you good lookin'.

And you wife. Um, babe. Sorry was that inappropriate.

Seriously I want those side burns. You look like an extra on Starksy and Hutch.

James Austin said...

@DC - Once a babe, always a babe! I was cast as Starsky's kid brother, but couldn't get outa the farm chores to make it to filming. That marked the end of my promising film career.

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1sttimedad said...

Nothing worse than those high school yearbook photos. I was 4'11 and 90 lbs. in Grade 9. Imagine how cute my photo was!

New visitor, but will be back.

James Austin said...

Welcome 1sttimedad! I'm sure those photos couldn't be worse than mine, but go ahead and think about posting them.

Steve said...

I loved that about daycare. We never once had to take our son for professional shots because of that.

I laugh at your shirt...because I think I had the same one.