This year's school pictures were odd because we had to pre-order them. We had to let the photo-taking company know what pose we wanted, which package we were ordering and we had to pre-pay before the photos were even taken. In our old hometown, we were always sent a sample picture and offered the chance to purchase photo packages if we liked it.
This year, we had to send Buddy back for retakes. He looked downright sullen in his first picture, kind of sad and kind of angry. We asked him why he was sulking in his picture and he told us that there was no real reason - he just didn't feel like smiling. So we practiced smiling and sent him back for try #2:
They turned out cute, didn't they? (Except for the dorky blue background). I totally dig them.