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Growing up is tough, but growing up with a photographer as a parent is tough on a whole different level. Photographer's Kids, or PKs, have most of their waking moments (and sometimes their sleeping ones) captured on camera, at least until they've mastered the eye roll. Photographer parents, or PPs—don't snicker, it's just an acronym—are often creative to a flaw. While growing up as a PK can be tough, there are plenty of perks. The tough parts of life as a PK can at least bring on a few laughs.
1. Every embarrassing moment exists somewhere in pixels.
The first time on the big kid potty? That's in JPEG and RAW.
2. PKs have to translate.
“Just one photo” doesn't really mean one photo, it means about 50 different photos and one perfect shot.
3. Right in the middle of the...PKs have to pause for a photo op.
The time for the best photos is usually the worst time to take one.
4. PKs, as toddlers, eat a lot of spaghetti.
It's the iconic childhood meal that's a messy photo op in itself.
5. The playground quickly empties when other parents see that strange person taking pictures with a big lens from across the park.
PKs may find they have the entire playscape to themselves when PP is around with the big gear. While it may be great to not have to share, it's not the best for meeting new friends.
6. PKs head outside on the cloudy days, not the sunny ones.
Chances are, PKs play outside on gloomy days when the lighting is best, at least when the camera is coming anyways.
7. PKs spend a good portion of their young life behind the lens.
PKs can become desensitized to the click of the camera.
8. PKs may be the envy of the entire t-ball team—until their strike out is captured on camera.
Sometimes, it's cool to have great pictures, like a shot to prove that the home run actually happened. But, alas, the mistakes are captured just the same.
9. PKs will be told, on numerous occasions, that PP is not here.
By the time a PK is a few years old, he'll be an old pro at whether or not to smile at the camera. But until then, hearing “I'm not here!” from someone who is obviously there behind the camera may be quite confusing.
10. PK's toys may be cleared away for more backdrops and equipment.
Gear takes up a lot of space, and, well, something had to give. (Don't worry, they've just been relocated to a much less accessible area).
11. Car trips generally take longer than normal, because there's something on the side of the road that just has to be captured on camera.
Maybe it's just a trip to the grocery store, but PP has a camera hidden somewhere on her person and just has to pull over when she sees how the light is hitting that empty wheat field.
12. PKs can't wear their favorite T-shirt, because there's writing on it and that's just bad for pictures.
Maybe the weekly photo session isn't even scheduled for today, but there will probably still be a picture at some point and PP insists the proper photo outfit rules are followed to a T.
13. PKs head to all kinds of neat places—but spend most of the time looking and not doing.
Sure, PKs might head to the different places like the Grand Canyon. But white water rafting through it? That would damage the camera.
14. PPs go on exotic trips—but this little PK stayed home.
If there's any level of danger involved in heading out to the latest photo shoot, don't worry, PK's will be left behind.
15. PKs are be told, millions of times, don't touch that.
In the terrible twos, it's the fear of a camera getting dropped in the toilet (or just dropped in general). But then, PKs can't touch the computer because photos are loading and that orange is in the perfect spot for a still life so don't touch that either.
16. PKs don't get much computer time.
Good luck trying to play that game, PP is loading and editing pictures—and it may take a few days.
17. Career Day will be...interesting.
PPs will, of course, be happy to come in on career day, but they may continue to take pictures as they are speaking, and, face it, third graders will get more excited over the astronaut.
18. PPs will jump at any sign of artsiness.
It doesn't matter if it's just a few scribbles with a crayon, every PP likes to think their creativity is inherited.
19. PK's yearbook photos are never good enough.
Unless PP is actually in the picture, no one else's photos of PK will be good enough, especially those in-school yearbook headshots.
20. PKs are recruited for hauling gear—lots of gear.
As soon as PK can walk, he'll be asked to carry some non-breakable gear item (“Here, hold my lens cap a second please.”) and the load only increases from there.
21. PKs will loose at least a year's worth of allowance for breaking anything.
Most of what PP values is expensive, so if PK ignores the “don't touch that” rule, she may not get an allowance for a long time.
22. PKs can't tear into the Christmas presents until they've been in a hundred different shots in front of the tree.
Forget taking pictures in that same spot the night before, PP needs one (a.k.a. 50) with with presents in it so PK will just have to wait a little longer.
23. PK's friends will think PP is weird.
Okay, so at a certain age, everyone's parents fall under the weird category, but being a photographer just takes it to another level of weirdness.
24. PKs have much less experience taking selfies in the bathroom mirror.
Wait, is this really a bad thing?
25. PKs won't have many pictures...of their photographer parent.
Most photographers would rather be behind the camera than in front of it, so except for those moments where PP hands their most prized possession over to the non-photographer parent, there won't be many shots of her, at least not in comparison to the number of shots with PK.
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