The Infamous High-School Yearbook Photo

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"The infamous high-school yearbook photo" by David and Mercedes Rizzo (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 David and Mercedes Rizzo. All rights reserved.

Who doesn’t remember their high-school yearbook photo? Some people love their picture. Others cringe when they just think about theirs. Long hair, short hair, straight hair, frizzy hair. The draped photo, the bow-tie photo.

Whatever the style, the infamous high school yearbook photo follows you through your life. You think of your classmates years later as they looked in their senior portrait. At your 25th reunion the name tag you wear contains the same iconic photo. You may be gray or bald now, but the picture on your name tag hasn’t aged a day since senior year.

Our daughter Danielle sat for her senior pictures recently. It wasn’t an easy photo shoot because her autism made it hard for her to know what was going on and what she was supposed to do. She had a difficult time understanding the photographer’s commands. Phrases such as tilt your head slightly to the right, look this way, look up, and look down were fired at her.

"The infamous high-school yearbook photo" by David and Mercedes Rizzo (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 David and Mercedes Rizzo. All rights reserved.

She tried hard to cooperate but she was clenching her teeth, half smiling, and blinking. The shots just weren’t any good. The photographer had to delete them. We wanted her portrait to hang on our living room wall next to the photos of her brothers and to show the beauty that she is.

We were feeling frustrated. So was the photographer — and Danielle too. No one wanted to come back another day for retakes. We had gone to a lot of work to glam her up. She was ready with her hair curled, her lipstick on, and wearing a new dress. With a few prayers and a very patient and persistent photographer we ended up getting several good shots after all.

"The infamous high-school yearbook photo" by David and Mercedes Rizzo (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 David and Mercedes Rizzo. All rights reserved.

Now, Danielle has her infamous high school year book photo for many years to come.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!


Copyright 2018 David and Mercedes Rizzo

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David and Mercedes have four children. They write and speak from a faith perspective as parents of a child with autism. David is a physical therapist. Mercedes is an educator. They are available to speak, and have appeared on radio and other media. They can be contacted at codash41@comcast.net. Follow them on Facebook at Autism With The Rizzos. Their publications are available at LoyolaPress.com.

2 Comments

  1. Congrats Danielle! She looks like her Mom! Beautiful!

    These small victories, help us appreciate how hard our children work.
    I bet when you look back on this portrait, you’ll remember the experience. How Danielle cleaned up well, how she sat up straighter. How she smiled. That, I believe is the value of photography. To live life to the fullest, is what our photos encourage. All the cliches’ are in order here:
    “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
    Is anyone’s senior picture, or anyone’s life, for that matter, picture perfect?

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