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North Salem Seniors 'Say Cheese' Again

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Mary Kinney of G&B Photography was at North Salem High School on Wednesday to supervise a re-take session of senior photos for the 2012 yearbook.

About 20 students showed up, either because they missed last spring’s photo shoot, were unhappy with last year’s results or had significantly changed their appearance since the original session last spring.

Kinney has been “year-booking” for 14 years and has seen the industry change significantly. “We used to rough out a cut-and-paste job -- that is, we’d lay out the pictures and crop them with a grease pencil. Then we’d send them to the book companies who were building the pages.

“Nowadays we design and build the pages ourselves. It’s gone from paper to digital publishing. The quality and quantity have gotten a lot better because we don’t think so much about cost. We can take more pictures and pay more attention to quality before we print.”

Alexandra O’Neill was having her picture retaken because she had decided that instead of graduating early last June, she would stay on for another year. Since she is now a year older, she felt she needed a new picture.

Does she look different? “Last time I had straight hair,” she explains. “Now my hair is curly.”

“Turn a little toward the light,” said the photographer, directing her in the photo shoot. “Chin up a bit.”

Michael Prisciandaro said, as the photographer decked him out in appropriate attire, “I hate having my picture taken. I’m doing this for my mom.”

Jackie Verhave was having a re-take because, “I dyed my hair at the end of the summer. I was a lot blonder before.”

Jacob Mattamana missed last year’s photo shoot altogether. “I want something for my memories,” he said.

Are the local kids better looking than other schools? Kinney laughed. “No, but they're a wonderful respectful student body. And they’re very quiet,” she said.

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