Families across North Dakota are laying out their best outfits, scrubbing the food off their children's faces and running a comb through their hair. It's that time of the year for school picture day!
As parents, we often try our best to send of our children off to school looking their best. But much of the credit is owed to teachers and photographers to help capture these keepsakes we'll treasure forever.
In this Homegrown with Hope, we head to Miller Elementary in Bismarck, where patient kindergartners await their very first school pictures.
"Picture day is an exciting day. We've been counting down to it," Theresa Schuchard, kindergarten teacher, said.
She's already spent her morning braiding hair, tucking in shirts and helping her students avoid the rain outside.
"They all come to us in such a beautiful way. Some are shy and some are super outgoing. The way they are in kindergarten is so different than the way they are in middle school and high school. So, we just want parents to have a keepsake they can look back on," Schuchard said.
Those proud students shared some tips with us on how to get the best picture possible.
"My mom helped me with the necklace," Anna Lemar said. She picked out her dress and high heels on her own that morning.
"Be in a statue and put your thumb in your pocket," Jace Gehrke suggested for a pose. "But, if you're a girl then do this," he added as put his hand on his hip.
"I took a bath last night," Savayla Fog in the Morning said. She also picked out a shirt her grandmother had given her to wear for picture day.
School photographers say parents shouldn't stress out too much over this day, even when things don't go according to plan.
"There are some that just absolutely don't want to get their picture taken and some are just dressed to the nines and posing like a glamour shot," Susan Zuccheri, a LifeTouch photographer, said with a laugh. "We do the best we can to make the child look their very best, so I would just say to let them come comfortably. That's probably going to put them in a better frame of mind to get them in front of the camera."