Since this is my last post before Christmas I wanted to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas! And I also wanted an opportunity to splash this crazy image of my daughter all over the internet. My hope is that it embarrasses her enough that next year's photoshoot will run smoothly! Seriously friends....my most dreaded shoot every year is my own family. You would think that would be the easiest of the year, but nooooooo.
It's like the kids conspire together for a fun game of "torture the photographer and make her life miserable".
Most of my time is spent trying to get my six year old nephew to sit still long enough so that he isn't just a blur in the photos. My daughter, the ham, wants to be the comedian of the group with my niece following her lead. Then there's the teenager. He is as cooperative as can be expected for a fourteen year old, but his patience level is non existent. He's frustrated and over the whole thing in the first ten minutes. Then there is the challenge of getting a natural smile out of him. What is it with teens and their aversion to smiling? Can't they just pretend to be happy one hour out of one day!
I think next year I might just embrace the craziness instead of trying to fight it. I'm thinking a holiday card full of the outtakes might be pretty funny and a lot less stressful for me! But you know what...after a few weeks pass by and I have finally calmed myself down after the "photoshoot from hell" these candid moments are what I keep coming back to. It's the unscripted moments in life that make me laugh, warm my heart and make me smile even if at the moment I wanted to tear my hair out!
Wishing you and yours a holiday full of candid moments that leave you smiling :)