Family Pictures

It’s that time of year again.  When I need a shot of the whole family for the Christmas card.  The whole family with “unholy” clothes, no “wild-and-wooly” hair, and very few chocolate smudges on faces.  I know, moms ask an awful lot sometimes, don’t we?  But if we’re going to go to the trouble to send out a photo and advertise to the world what a beautiful, happy, and “picture perfect” family we are, we will have to learn to fake it.  We bribed our children with doughnuts, and they were at least mildly cooperative.  It was a harsh light day (which are few in Seattle, so I don’t have a lot of practice).  Luckily, since I decided to be adventurous and really push my luck by scouting out a new place, we arrived at our destination just before the sun went down, during that wonderful “golden hour” of glowing light.  Lucky me.  They aren’t perfect.  They are taken with a shutter release, and it was really hard to get the focus nailed that way in backlight.  But we aren’t perfectionists here.  I took advice from a photographer I admire, and took the extra time to get shots of the kids with parents.  Those ended up being my favorites.  Hubby took a turn on the camera to include me in the collage.  Someday, my kids will remember what I looked like.  (For better or for worse).  Here are some of my favorites.

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  • ChristyDecember 5, 2013 - 6:51 am

    Those are great! I do love the shot of the whole family with dad’s mouth open. Is he tickling his daughter?? My kind of shot 🙂ReplyCancel

    • adminDecember 5, 2013 - 7:19 pm

      Yes, there is usually some amount of tickling going on “to get authentic smiles.”ReplyCancel

  • AnitaFebruary 3, 2014 - 11:49 am

    I guess I didn’t say it before, but I sure thought it–I love these and I love this cute family! 🙂 You guys look great! Definitely “for better” that your kids will remember what their cute momma looked like. 🙂ReplyCancel