Mum outraged that photographer offers airbrushing services on school photographs for 8-year-olds

Marie Claire Dorking
A mum has revealed her outrage after her daughter's school photo form revealed an airbrushing option [Photo: Getty]
A mum has revealed her outrage after her daughter's school photo form revealed an airbrushing option [Photo: Getty]

A mum has been left outraged after a photographer offered to airbrush her eight year-old daughter’s school photograph.

Journalist Sam Walker, who is originally from the UK but now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, shared a snap of the offending order form on Twitter yesterday.

The image seems to offer parents and carers the option of basic or premium retouching for both individual and class photos.

According to the form, the basic option “removes blemishes,” while the more expensive premium alternative also “whitens teeth and evens skin tone.”

“The girls have their school photo today and there is the option to AIRBRUSH the picture!,” the mum-of-two wrote on Twitter.

“There are two levels offered!! What the….?! Have complained! What 8 yr old needs to be paranoid about an ‘uneven skin tone’.”

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After sharing the image to Twitter, people were quick to express their shock at the airbrush options with over 3K people leaving their views in the comments.

Shockingly, other parents shared their own experiences of having their children’s school pictures edited.

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Speaking to Metro US, Sam said her youngest daughter has a rare auto-immune condition which caused lesions to develop on her skin, and makes her teeth go yellow.

Sam and her husband are concerned the airbrushing offer could dent their daughter’s confidence that they have worked hard to build up.

“The thought of her feeling that she should airbrush those blemishes out because she should look like everyone else,” she told the publication.

“When you have a child who has some issues and so to suggest we can wipe that away you can look like everyone else is incredibly dangerous and very sad.”

After contacting the school, the couple were told it was standard practice among all photographers they hire for official photographs.

Sam’s husband also got in touch with the photographer who took the snaps who responded to say the form is a generic document used for older children too, some of whom may be self-conscious about acne.

The topic of photo-editing has been making headlines recently.

Earlier this month it was announced that Instagram is to ban face-altering filters that promote plastic surgery amid a focus on the mental health of its users.

Other brands are also taking a stand against airbrushing too. Back in 2017 shoppers praised ASOS for opting to leave stretch marks on several women modelling swimwear.

Retailer Boohoo were also applauded by customers for featuring a model wearing a swimsuit with visible stretch marks.

In June, Australian influencer, Belle Lucia, was praised for showing off the visible veins on her chest, which can be a common side effect of pregnancy.

And earlier this year Jameela Jamil celebrated a win in her fight against airbrushing when she was successful in ensuring a promotional poster remained true to life, ‘back fat’ and all.