Taking Pictures And Trusting The Student

Yearbook PicturesPreparing a middle school yearbook for publication is a never ending battle of trust and responsibility. The habits of middle school aged students calls into question the resulting yearbook design if they should be trusted with creation on their own. This balancing act requires constant vigilance, and no small amount of trust, on both parts of the yearbook design team.

When it comes to taking pictures for the middle school yearbook, administrators will often ask whether you, the yearbook student, can be trusted with such an important task. Whether it is a school football game, a dance, or just antics in the lunch room, pictures do need to be taken for inclusion in the school yearbook. But your fellow students, both present and ones in the past, may have stretched the trust with the camera to the breaking point with the powers-that-be in your school.

Being trusted with photography for yearbook design all comes down to responsibility. We here at Expressly Yours know that you hear that word being thrown around a lot. If your parents aren’t on your case about it, your algebra teacher is. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you need to understand that responsibility means you must do that which you are expected to do, every time you are expected to do it.

The reason why the middle school yearbook instructor doesn’t want to trust you with taking pictures at the band concert tonight isn’t because of a fear that you will fumble and break the camera. Let’s be honest, that camera cost the school like $30, and it can easily be replaced. The question of responsibility comes into play in that your fellow students, when previously entrusted to take pictures of this event, failed to do so.

What were they doing instead of taking pictures? Who knows. Perhaps they were too busy texting their friends about how bored they were. Maybe they were too engaged in gossiping with friends to remember to take pictures. It is entirely possible that they forgot the camera in their locker when school let out for the day, or that they got so caught up in their video game that they forgot to attend the concert altogether. Regardless of the reason, your superiors in yearbook design are less than enthusiastic about trusting you to take the pictures.

If you have not personally given the school yearbook instructor a reason to doubt your responsibility, you may be able to overcome this problem. Spend some time speaking with your instructor, let her know that you understand the importance of yearbook design, and that you know that taking pictures means photographing everyone, not simply your friends.

With some effort on your part, you may be able to gain your teacher’s trust, and become known as one of the responsible students on your middle school yearbook team. Who knows, that responsibility may translate into free days off from classes to take pictures at other events in the future.


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