Recently, Melody and I read a news article about a little boy in a wheelchair who was having his yearly class picture made. Not a biggie, right? Wrong! Apparently, the little boy who was placed (by the photographer) far off to the side of his classmates during the yearly photo, was never moved closer to the group.
This meant that when the picture was snapped, the child was seen in the picture but there was definitely a large space between the young boy and the other class members. The position and angle of the boy’s body as he leaned in to be seen in the picture were heartbreaking and gave many viewers, including myself, a sickeningly sad image. That is the short version of what happened as the class picture was taken.
If you read a similar news article, you may also know that the boy’s parents were greatly saddened, hurt, disappointed, and probably angry when they were shown this picture. Rightfully, they brought it to the attention of school officials, who looked into it. The article we read alluded to the fact that the large, well-known photography company balked at assuming responsibility but finally and begrudgingly offered to rectify the problem.
As a parent, I was hit with quite a few emotions regarding this situation. As a teacher, I could understand how the chaotic events of “picture day” contributed. But, as I tried to model my behavior, get a handle on my emotions, and give people the benefit of the doubt, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What on earth was that photographer thinking?”
I don’t want to point fingers or play the “blame game.” I just want to know what was going through the minds of the photographer and staff. I also want to know why this company reportedly hesitated to retake the picture.
What do you think? Comment to share your thoughts.