lajackson wrote:Normally, a member or family submits a photo and then it is approved by a clerk. A clerk can also submit a photo for a member or family, if the member or family approves.
The term we use in the Church to describe this situation is "agency". We fought a war over it, and won.
I certainly agree with the principle of agency, and it is definitely applicable here. However, in my experience, what you describe as the "normal" experience is anything but the norm.
I would guess that less than 10% of the members of my stake have ever uploaded a photo. But I would also guess that the vast majority of the members are totally okay with having a photo on the directory. They don't upload a photo because they lack the technical ability, or they lack the motivation to do so. In both those cases, under the direction of the bishop, a ward clerk or executive secretary or website administrator can ask members: "Would you approve the posting of a family and/or individual photo to the directory? If so, please stand here and let me snap your photo." If they say no, we can tell them that they have the option of having the photo visible to only priesthood leaders, and so the photo would not be visible to the ward or stake at large, but would still help the leaders. If they still say no, we politely thank them and move on.
Of the photos in our stake, a large majority were taken this way. The principle of agency is preserved, we have a much higher participation rate than if we just waited for members to upload their own photos, and as a bonus, the photos are more consistent in size, lighting, cropping, etc.