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| p.1 #4 · Senior Night photo dilemna - what would you do? |
Bob: I understand your dilemma, and my strong feeling is that you don't do anything that will embarrass the kid publicly. You can't know what he would think of the images you have, so you've got to proceed with some care. I haven't seen the images so I'm going strictly by what you've described. In the first case, I'd go with the first and second shots. Okay, so the ball got by him. That's not a deal breaker for me if it's a cool pic of him diving. But I definitely wouldn't post the shot of him face down, not given the way you have described this kid's season and his place on the team. For the second set, it really would depend on the images but, again based only on what you've described, I probably would go with only the one frame of him getting ready, unless you can look objectively at one of the other three and see it as a strong capture of a disappointed athlete. There's nothing wrong with that type of image.
I think you're right to be sensitive to the issues you've raised, but you never know, this kid might love all of the shots you've got. Might be nice to find a way to let him know you have a few more than you're posting and then leave it to him.
One final point: As you've described the situation, it sounds like the kid was very unhappy with his performance, and maybe that's the case. But I'm kind of wondering about the other 10 guys on the field who somehow managed to allow two tough shots in a matter of minutes. My point is that the way you've told the story, the easy conclusion is that this kid sat the bench for good reason, which leads to the assumption his performance was embarrassing, and thus the reason for proceeding with caution with the photos. But maybe that's not the reality for this kid. It's a bummer that he played four minutes during which his team gave up two goals. (Did the starting keeper average a save every 2 minutes?) But he did get to play, and that probably is a big deal to him.