Every parent of school age children gets these sweet, posed photographs (they are far better than the horrific results I had as a kid - but that's because Rhiannon is more photogenic than me).
A set of varying sized photos can be purchased to ensure friends and family are all included in sharing the parental joy of "see how gorgeous my child is this year". They arrive in time to be included in Christmas cards.
Previous years have found me counting up how many of x size I need, how many of y and discovering the company providing them didn't have a series or set that perfectly fitted my needs. If I chose set 1 I would not have enough of the 'right' size photos for this side of the family but if I chose set 2, I wouldn't have the photos for that side. There were about 12 combinations to choose from. Yes, I am fully aware that I over-think this...
They were also extremely expensive and I always seemed to end up with about 20 passport-sized photos I didn't need. What a waste.
This year - being in a new school and country - it's a little different.
To start with we nearly didn't get them. Rhiannon left them on the school bus a couple of days ago. She was distraught. I calmed her down and said we'd get them back in the morning. But the normal school bus didn't turn up yesterday. It was an anxious time! Anyway, we got them today.
There are several actual photos, not just a proof print and measurements. Some are stickers of the entire class (of nine children) which are to be stuck in the enclosed cardboard 'photo album' of "Meine Schule". Of course, Rhiannon really wants this album. There are also photos of the school building! Mind you, it's a really beautiful place, so I can understand that.
Strangely, there is one black and white photo of Rhiannon and one sepia one. According to her, this represents a photo each from WW1 and WW2...
The order form is all in German. I can work out a bit of German if I can see it written but painstakingly typed all the text into Google Translate just to be sure.
There were only two combinations to buy: the WW1 & WW2 photos, or the rest. Or I can just order the whole lot for just 20 Euros. This is about half what we paid in the past so I'm very happy.
I'm more happy that I no longer have to over-think which set to buy. If there aren't enough for everyone, tough.