If you think getting a good family shot for your Christmas card is tough, try taking one for the front of a national blog.
Even with a professional photographer, it’s never easy pulling off a fantastic shot of multiple kids. They are rarely looking the same direction. Some are smiling, some are not. Often they are trying to walk out of the shot.
My family is never particularly cooperative for group shots. No one likes to sit still. Hands invariably are placed over brother’s or sister’s faces. Well meaning hugs to create a tighter shot turn into headlocks, and silliness often reigns.
Rose was the only one trying to smile nice at our shoot, and sometimes ended up looking a little forced. The youngest two are like little puppies always trying to wrestle. My whole plan was just to keep smiling no matter what so if he happened to catch a good one of the kids I would be smiling. But I look stiff. You can see from the outtakes on Facebook ajcmomania what we were dealing with.
I was begging them just to sit still for one, smile pretty and we could be done.
This is the third blog shot we have taken. The first shot only had me, Rose and Walsh. (Lilina didn’t exist yet.) The second one was up the longest – for the last four years.
For the first two, the photographer came to our house to shoot and I think that was less stressful. I brought the kids into the AJC studio for this one, and I was so afraid they were going to bust a light or be loud. (I was meeting with my bosses after taking the shot, which also added to the stress level!)
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