We did our own pictures this year. I went into it with Mary Poppins positivity, a $15 tripod and some staging ideas from Pinterest. Getting 6 people to all look at the camera and smile on cue for a timer is not easy. Folks, we got this money shot on the 3rd try! As soon as I saw it I shouted out, "WE DID IT!" and there was joy in the land.
For about 3 seconds till I told the kids I wanted to get a few shots of just them. There was some initial moaning and groaning but then I explained I wanted them to stand on the couch and jump. That was more up their alley and the four of them happily climbed on-
I neglected to mention that I just wanted a little jump. When I told them to sort of bounce, this is the reaction I got-
Deciding this was not working out I told them all to sit and first we made funny faces to lighten the mood-
Then we tried some nice smiles-
The boys were up next-
Then I asked Liam if I could take one of just him-
For some reason this was the only one I took of the girls together-
Jason and I used the tripod, just give us a barn and a pitchfork-
Then to make up for shed tears in the couch jumping debacle, I told Liam to hop on and show me what he's got! After I cut off his head (the kid can JUMP!) and a photo bomb, we got a good one-
I took individual pictures of the girls at the park because I also wanted to use them as "school" photos. (I decided not to buy pictures from the school this year.) We got some lovely shots! I also asked permission at the library to take a photo of the girls as they both have quite a passion for reading and I thought it would be a nice addition if I wrote a Christmas letter-
That wraps up our card creating adventure and if you're wondering where Finn's individual pictures are, so am I. Did you know I have 4 kids? Because I apparently forgot. Hopefully I haven't scarred him for life.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Keep up with us here because you'll probably just get another picture card again next year...