Staff Editorial: Seniors’ desire for retouched photos has crossed the line

As our friends hand out their wallet-sized senior pictures throughout their senior year, we can’t help but notice that the people in these pictures aren’t the people we see every day in class. The pictures hold an airbrushed model, a person who barely resembles our friends.

Senior picture retouching goes too far when it does not truthfully represent students. By altering the very sparkle in our eyes, seniors’ wants may have reached the line of too much photo editing. Isn’t the point of a senior picture to capture snapshots of students just as they were their senior year? After all, we are just 17- and 18-year-old kids. We don’t need to look like models, although removing a blemish or two would be nice.

More and more seniors want to look like they are in a fashion magazine and will not settle for less. If we have the ability to fix our flaws, why wouldn’t we? But when small touch-ups turn into large transformations, seniors do not even look like themselves in the photos. Excessive retouching it is not truthful. As we are constantly surrounded by highly retouched actresses and models, it’s no wonder why we want to look more and more like them in our senior pictures.

The media is telling us that we don’t look good enough just being ourselves. We need more. This is unhealthy for our confidence; we are being told that we are not beautiful enough, even when we are young and healthy. We think we need something extra so that we can achieve perfection.

We should think before we begin to edit ourselves away. We will not be remembered in 20 years if our senior photos are barely recognizable; we want to be remembered as the people that we truly are.