Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Joy of Christmas Card Photos

Any of you who take family photos for the Christmas card know what I'm talking about when I say it takes the patience of a saint to get a decent photo for the Christmas card. You know, one where everyone actually looks happy and like they like each other. We like each other, really, we do. It's just trying to get everyone to like each other and look good doing it all at the same time that's hard. Especially with two dogs. Good grief! Am I a glutton for punishment? Don't answer that.

So, on a lovely fall afternoon, at the urging of my eldest daughter who actually LIKES doing Christmas card duty, we set off for a yonder field for a Christmas photo of the children. Mike and I have each gained 50 pounds and we have bad haircuts so we don't want you to see us. No, not really. We just didn't feel the need for everyone to see us in a photo every single year so for those of you who receive a Christmas card from us, this year it's just our beloved children.

Trying to get a great photo with dogs on the scene is a challenge. I know I've already said that, but it bears repeating. Just so you could appreciate my struggles, I have included a few photos that we didn't go with. Daniel's dog, Theodore, aka the "gray flash", is in practically every photo, dashing here and there and having the time of his life. He's a pain in the patootie but he's so darn happy all the time that it's hard to get mad at him. (I will not mention my reaction to finding my wicker chair in the screen porch disturbingly covered with chew marks last summer. It was a very bad scene. His happiness would not save him that day...)
It's done now and really was not as difficult as I am making it seem. It was a lovely afternoon, Daniel was willing to run for the second camera when the batteries went dead on the first one (What a guy! It was a ten minute jaunt back to the house.) and with the wonders of the digital camera, I was able to take enough good photos to have a few to choose from. The photo we ultimately chose was very "unposed" but shows a more casual, candid shot of my beloved three offspring.
In the meantime, the ones we didn't choose make me laugh and remember our fun day out of doors that we all shared. Moments like that are precious and I'm grateful for them because the older I get the more I realize how fleeting they are.


Emily Anne said...

Mum, the pictures look great!
I too like to eat salty popcorn. :)

-Emily Anne

Katherine Sophia said...

Looking forward to seeing the pictures you DID choose! :)And here's a blog award. :)

Darcy said...

Pictures like those always make me laugh. I've decided they're the best kind. :)