Today, Lifetouch, a national school photography provider, celebrates the second annual National School Picture Day, an opportunity to relive and celebrate school pictures, from bowl cuts to mohawks, neon to flannel. (Especially the neon and flannel, Xers.)
This commemoration is all the reason I need to share this school picture of me from the fall of 1983. I’m wearing a calico prairie dress and lots of Maybelline eyeshadow! Oh, I miss all that frosty goodness. Also, I’m sporting my signature mullet.
But, you know what makes this photo truly amazing? I am wearing a calico prairie dress while living on the actual Kansas prairie exactly 14 minutes from the original land where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived with her family in a one-room log cabin in 1870.
This and this alone qualifies me to be the unknown Gen-X blogger and brand-new Sensei Johnny Lawrence fan.
National School Picture Day Sweepstakes
This year, National School Picture Day features a nationwide sweepstakes, inviting everyone to submit their current or vintage school picture for one of five chances to win free school pictures and yearbooks from Lifetouch, as well as Shutterfly school supplies.
“While this back-to-school season looks different for many families, one tradition remains unchanged: school pictures. National School Picture Day is all about celebrating the treasured memories captured in these pictures, a single frame representing an entire year,” said Stephanie Schmid, Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising at Lifetouch. “We’re asking everyone to revisit and re-appreciate their favorite school pictures—and the people in them. Then, submit these pictures for the chance to win, and to help us build America’s Yearbook featuring the best pictures throughout the decades.”
Following the sweepstakes, Lifetouch will gather the submissions to create the ultimate ode to school pictures with America’s Yearbook, a compilation of hundreds of unique user-submitted school pictures. Building on Lifetouch’s 84 years of experience shaping yearbooks, the digital yearbook will feature all the things that make school pictures so memorable — from temporary fads to timeless expressions.
You guys, I’m totally submitting a photo! I hope you’ll submit one, too. It’ll be super fun.
Enter by September 17
The sweepstakes is open to anyone and entry is available now through Sept. 17 at lifetouch.com/sweepstakes. Five winners will be chosen. Everyone can also celebrate National School Picture Day on September 10 by sharing their favorite school pictures on social media, using the hashtags #NationalSchoolPictureDay, #Lifetouch and #frameitall. Then, during National Yearbook Week starting on October 5, visit Lifetouch.com/AmericasYearbook (just FYI: this link is not live yet) to see the best hair, smiles, and accessories from this year’s National School Picture Day submissions.