HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) â Several Los Angeles-area private schools are commissioning celebrity photographers to snap studentsâ annual yearbook pictures.READ MORE: School Bus Involved In Crash In Compton
Lisa Smith, who works at the Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse, said she was looking for a way to refresh the yearbook.
âWhen the school hired me to do the yearbook, I immediately thought, âI have to redo these school pictures. I canât stand them. Itâs so boring,ââ she said via Skype.
Smith then discovered the work of A-list photographer Dennis Kleiman.READ MORE: Woman Shot, Critically Wounded By Long Beach School Security Officer Near Millikan High
Although she didnât know about his star-filled background, he is best known for shooting images of Rihanna, Jack Black and Lionel Richie.
âWe celebrate every childâs unique individuality. All kids are special. And they shouldnât have to be put into this kind of cookie-cutter assembly line approach,â said Kleiman via Skype.
âThe yearbooks come out so good and the kids look so great and happy. Itâs a great selling point for the school. Justâ¦wow, look at this creativity,â said Smith.MORE NEWS: Student Fights Off Suspect In Violent Overnight Attack Near Chapman University Dorm: 'I Chased Him Back Up The Stairs, Cursing Him Out'
CBS2âs Bobby Kaple reported that schools are not charged for the exclusive photographers because the pictures are shot on spec and sold to parents.