Thursday, December 10, 2009

PSF and a photography lesson

One of our Thanksgiving traditions is taking a photo for our annual Christmas card.

The picture on the card (or pictures if it's one of those years where getting my children to all look at the camera at the same time with pleasant if not smiling expressions on their faces is just not going to happen forcing me to use individual, albeit adorable, photographs) always looks wonderful.

But, for every amazing photo we get, there are the ones that just don't make it.

So, I give you the anti-Christmas card photos.

One rule of a good Christmas card photo is that the subjects have to be able to stand still.

Sadly, my boys haven't acquired that skill yet.


Then, of course, there's the traditional someone-looks-drunk-photo. This time it was Melody. Those candy canes go straight to their heads, you know.

Looking at the camera is also another strong Christmas card photo characteristic.

Not happening here

and happening a little too much here.


Then there's the picture where one person is looking but the other two aren't.

Then one looks (kind of) and one closes his eyes and one decides to just leave.


And then this. This is the "I'm done" shot. Which, incidentally, reminds me of this. *Shudder*


Fortunately these are not the only shots we got...stay tuned!

PhotoStory Friday
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31 comments:

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Ohmy! I can't wait to see how they turned out...because your outtakes are really cute! I love the one of Melody looking at the camera all bug eyed! I still haven't gotten a good shot for Christmas cards...we may be sending New Years cards instead!

{Kimber} said...

the outtakes are adorable!!!
can't wait to see the "final choice" :)

Brandi said...

LOVE it! HAHA! One year, I went to the Dollar Store and bought one of those giant candy cane sticks and I thought I could use it to get the boys to actually sit still for pictures. Of course, I didn't think that far ahead because they were wearing white shirts. Red slobber everywhere, red teeth, etc. It was a disaster. Oh and sticky hands and sand don't go together either! :) Can't wait to see the 'official' Christmas card picture!

Kat said...

Hahaha!!! Oh I know those kinds of pictures. I know them well! :)

Erin said...

Cant wait to see the picture or pictures that you are going to use!! Love how each picture has its own caption :) Perfect way to capture that perfect Christmas Card!

Carrie said...

LOL! Love Melody's pig tails...great pictures, though! So funny!

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh how I love the out takes. Too cute. & yes, I remember the fit that Charlie threw...it was sure a fun one. :) He is adorable no matter what..right?

Kmama said...

They are so cute. You will share the final product, right?? I can't wait to see it.

Kmama said...

They are so cute. You will share the final product, right?? I can't wait to see it.

Jen said...

Picture taking never goes how you want it too.

Can't wait to see the others.

Foursons said...

Those are hilarious. I love the outtakes everyone has been posting.

Angie S said...

Geez I can't stop laughing...your commentary is priceless.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Sometimes the less than perfect ones turn out to be some of my favorites. Besides they tell the story the photos that don't make the card are the ones that stay in your memory.

Maggie May said...

It is difficult to keep three small children in one place.
One thing you should be proud of..... is they are all immaculately dressed and not a mark on their clothes of any description!

Nuts in May

Pam said...

Sometimes getting one child to play along is hard...but 3 that small! Love the bad shots also.

Kelli said...

LOL!!! There is always a run away baby.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

Haha Great outtakes! I feel for you. Two kids is hard enough without having to get the third into pictures. ;)

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

This is a great one. Sometimes the funniest and best photos are the ones of everyone getting ready for the photo. One time I took one for a wedding while everyone was trying to get set up and the bride told me later it was one of their favorite photos because it "really reflected the personalities of our family. It captured us." That was cool.

Jennie said...

haha - how cute! I love the red candy cane drool down the front of Charlie's white shirt. You are a brave brave woman to put your kids in white!! :)

kaye said...

love the out takes! they're probably better than the card :) If you want to wander down my road I’m home.

kaye said...

oops! I left the wrong link to my story--It's here.

Alex said...

lol those are absolutely adorable shots.

Chris said...

These are so funny! I would have put the shot of Melody going bugged eyed on the Christmas card (of course, last year I sent out a Christmas card with Emma stabbing a pumpkin with a butcher knife, and the caption "Peace on Earth, Good will toward men") -- so I may not be the best gauge. Though everyone remembers that card, a year later.

WhisperingWriter said...

You have adorable children. I love these pictures.

And now I wish I lived by a beach.

Krystyn said...

I love the out takes. Funny you didn't send me any of those to pick from!

JennyMac said...

LOVE these pics Emily...outtakes are priceless.

Kasey said...

I so just relived last night while looking at this post. We went to this big fancy hotel that had this big fancy light thing going on last night in order to try and take some pictures for our Christmas letter (yes I've not sent them out yet- don't judge)

...anyhoo, it was a disaster! we got all dressed up and took about 5 pictures before we were all upset with each other...Me to my husband: "will you please help me?" - him to me, "what do you want me to do?", me to him "oh I don't know (heavy sarcasm) help me get the kids to smile, stand still, look at the camera, stop crying, hold hands, should I go on?!"

Christmas pictures- they're great aren't they?

Rachel said...

Still laughing because I can relate and I only have ONE kid... and somehow we get the drunk/not looking at the camera/walking away/getting upset/making weird faces/and the one perfect shot where he's smiling adorably and his eyes are half shut deal.

I can't wait to see the winners! :)

kris... said...

Beautiful kids!

HeatherOz said...

Oh I feel your pain. It is so hard to get the "perfect" shot! But then when I look back it's the outtakes I remember and love most!

Meant to be a mom said...

LOL, Your blog always makes me laugh. Your hilarious, I don't even think you realize it. (or maybe you do, but either way your so stinking funny).
I love all those pics. You are so right, When I was a kid all of our family pics were like that too.
But if it makes any difference even though your kids aren't looking at the camera, they still look adorable. :)