Myra Faye Turner, Writer
Yesterday, my son came home with a flyer announcing that they are taking school photos next week. As I read through the information, I was a bit dismayed to see the following in bold letters: We recommend retouching for students with blemishes. Have we become such a vain, beauty-driven society, that adults think it's okay to have their teen's photos retouched? Is't that the point of school day photos, so we can look back as adults and laugh at our younger selves- blemishes and all?
Personally, I think the photos should look more natural and realistic and not like a glamour shot. Apparently this practice is not unusual. I did a quick internet search and it seems that lot's of photographers offer this option. I saw before and after images of kids with boo-boos that went bye-bye and a teen with a face full of acne, transformed into a smooth-faced young man.
The norm or not, I think it sends a wrong message to our kids. Now, fortunately Tyler is acne-free (at least as of this moment) but because he is fair-skinned, he does sunburn easily and it's been extremely hot in the Big Easy. He's getting over a recent burn by applying cocoa butter but being out every day may not help. When piture day rolls around next week, he can decide whether he wants to take one or not. But if he does, I won't be paying an extra ten bucks for retouching.