Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Have Yourself A Crazy Little Christmas!

by Leigh

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 :)


Cathy H. said...

I'm smiling here! We had our annual boys-in-front-of-the-tree picture yesterday afternoon. I have yet to get the one good shot of them all looking at the camera and not being goofy! But, you know, I treasure those photos. That's just who they are. The out takes are the ones I go back to and look at. They're the ones that hold the memories and smiles. Merry Christmas, Leigh.

Dotti said...

These are so priceless! Hey, I've gotten cards with the outtakes and they're great. My own daughter is known to use one pretty one and one or two outtakes. Let's face it - the outtakes show us the real kid/group/family and that's what we want to see. As for Jack - that is a teenager's "real" smile. Get used to it.:-))) And Merry Christmas to you and your lovable clowns.

terriporter said...

Oh, Leigh, I can definitely relate to this! When my boys were growing up, it was so hard to get a photo for our Christmas card that was good of everybody. Then when they became teenagers, we would take our Christmas card photo on Thanksgiving and I wouldn't feed them until I got a good shot! That worked pretty well with hungry teenage boys! I love the idea of a Christmas card of outtakes! It sure would bring smiles to a lot of faces. Hope you and yours have a very merry Christmas!

Focusing on Life said...

Its them all over!! and its so much fun! treasure these!

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