Monday, December 14, 2009

When will I learn?

Sunday afternoon I decided that it would be a great idea to dress the girls up in the Christmas outfits my mother-in-law bought them and to wrestle Campbell into something respectable in order to take picture for our Christmas New Year's Easter Holiday cards. You would think that I had learned my lesson last year. But no, I managed to torture everyone in the process. B refused to participate, calling it a fool's errand.

I simply could not get all four children looking at me and at the very least not crying for one single picture. I think next year I'm going to have to go with a collage card. Or a card without pictures. Or maybe no card at all.

"Wait. Someone's missing. Where's Ella?"

"Girls! Stop doing bunny ears! Campbell, take your hand away from your eye."

Close. I think this may be our winner.

And now we've lost it. Things got sillier from here.

I tried again in a different location, and while I got some decent pictures, there were terrible shadows over the kids' faces.
Next year, I'm definitely doing card without pictures.


Shelly said...

I like the silly ones! I think you should send one of those. People enjoy seeing children in their natural state. It's kind of like the zoo.

Dee at Pedestrian Palate said...

I think the one you mentioned is a keeper. It is so hard to photograph children and with each additional kid, it gets exponentially harder.

Cookie said...

This is a tough thing for me too! This year I gave up on trying to get my boys to wear Christmasy outfits. They whine too much. Your kids look adoreable!

knittergran said...

I love Elizabeth's feet splayed straight out. (Wait, is that redundant?)
Now that I know that it's because she didn't want to touch the grass, I understand!

Baino said...

Ah I think they're lovely because they're natural. I hate 'santa' photos where kids are forced to sit on some stranger's knee all in the name of a card for granny. These are just fine!

Unknown said...

very cute!

Suna Kendall said...

Certainly someone inherited some impishness from one parent or another!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the natural setting. However, I can't even get TWO children looking decent/at the camera... so I bailed and went with a portrait studio. They really do manage to get good poses, though I regret losing the candid/natural feel. (Portrait Innovations; inexpensive and not nearly as painful as Sears -- AND got to take the photos home with me!)