The Informal DIY ID Picture


Our second daughter Shane is going to have trial school this summer at a neighboring preschool. This is nursery level and we are going to check her aptitude in academics. And we needed photos for her ID. So, mama comes to the rescue with a DIY ID picture.

Preparing for Nursery School

Shane is very smart but she is so different than her sister. At this point, she is already 3 years and 8 months but she still only reads words.

For now, she is going to have fun in summer school.

Anyway, we will eventually homeschool her like our eldest Dindin. So it doesn’t matter whether she is fast or slow in her academic performance.

In our current educational standards, that is not good enough. But I don’t want to pressure her either. She is a different kind of learner so I don’t want her to be cooped in the traditional way of schooling.

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Siobe in her pink house dress for our DIY ID pictorial. The one in the middle was used for her official school ID.

DIY ID picture at home

I was told that the only requirements we will need to submit are four pieces of 2×2 pictures. Since I find ways and means to save on our expenses, I take my kids’ ID photos a home.

After shooting, I fit them in 4R print sizes using Adobe Photoshop. Then I have them printed at the photo lab. For a fraction of the cost of studio photos, I can get more copies and more flexibility, too.

Additionally, I don’t have to go to the mall to have this done. I just send my layouts to the printer and then we just pick them up when they are ready. Everything is done at home.

Makeshift Lighting

So the series of photos above were taken at home, with Dindin holding a flashlight. It’s our makeshift lighting to brighten and highlight Shane’s face.

We didn’t even let her wear special clothing–just the PINK Barbie house dress that she had on. I think that it highlighted her rosy cheeks. The light should have been in front to avoid the shadow on the left side, but…oh well. haha We don’t need a formal picture anyway so this will do.

The session turned out to be a fun photo shoot for Siobe, as she made cute expressions and poses in front of the camera. So at least, the three of us (including her sister) had fun while saving on what was supposed to be another necessary expense.

Now, isn’t she adorable in our DIY ID Picture? <3

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4 thoughts on “The Informal DIY ID Picture

  1. Whatever means we can save, we have to do it. As moms, budget really matters. Hahaha…

    Siobe looks cute in her pink blouse!

    Bella is already 7 years old. She can read but not as much as I am expecting a first grader can do. I am glad that we are homeschooling because I don’t want my daughter to be labeled in any way. So far, we are enjoying our own pace. Learning at our own pace.

  2. She is sooo cute! I love those pink cheeks, too! 🙂
    You are one hardworking mom, Mommy Sigrid! I admire you homeschooling the kids. Ako di ko na yata kaya, eh! Haha! Visiting late for Pink Fridays last week!

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