Family Picture Outtakes

I meant to take pictures for our family Christmas card over a month ago. It just didn’t happen. A few days ago, we decided at the last minute to drive a few miles out of town to our favorite orchard. I grabbed our tripod, made my kids and husband put on clothes that coordinated with what I was wearing, and told the two youngest and my husband that they OWED ME–big time–for all of the help I’d given them on their costumes, and so it was time to grin and bear it. Literally.

Attempting to take our family photos by myself reminded me of something important: JUST FORK OUT THE MONEY NEXT YEAR AND LET A PROFESSIONAL DO IT. Let’s face it, no one’s going to look good when their mother is yelling at them, “Turn this way! Drop your chin! I said don’t move! Hold on a second, I have to figure out how to use my camera. Don’t squint!” And the other reality? My kids will actually cooperate better with a stranger behind the lens than they will with me behind the lens.

Here are my two favorite pictures from our trip to the orchard:


  1. I totally had the same expereince with my family. After two hours I was so frustrated and mad. I should have at least hired someone to stand behind the camera. I can set it all up and even press the remote, but the little ones won’t look and smile. I was hoping that maybe as they get older they’ll be more cooperative, but after reading your post, I’m not so sure age is going to make a difference.

  2. I learned long ago that I can not take my own family portraits. And I’m a professional! My kids are always better for someone else as well. Your orchard is delicious, by the way! Does it blossom in the spring? Are there rules about using it for photos? Thoughts churning….

  3. I’m so behind on your blog! :( My blog listing of you hasn’t updated itself for months, so that led me to believe you had not been updating it period. Wrong assumption. :) Your family is beautiful.

    • Good to hear from you, Maggie! I’m guessing that when I switched from Blogger to my own domain, your listing lost me. I’m getting behind on blogging, so hopefully you won’t have to work very hard to catch up! How’s your family?

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