Is there anything like staging the family holiday card photo??
Getting the kids, the weather, the sun, the foliage, the hair and the attitudes to all cooperate at the same time? I think all photos should come with an audio clip of what was really going on when those idyllic moments were captured.
Mom is running about the front yard in her sweats, yelling "Happy! Say Happy! Look at Mommy! Say Pickles! Look at Mommy! Fidget, sit down! Look here! Say Merry Christmas! Say Pumpernickel! Look at Mommy! For the love of all that is holy, my preteen daughter, SMILE. Fidget, sit DOWN! Say HAPPY!"
Dad is right behind her, "Look at Mommy! Fidget! Look at Mommy!" And making silly peekaboo faces at the baby.
The thirteen-year-old is not happy about any of this, crossing her fingers that none of her friends happen to see what we are doing in the front yard. The three-year-old needs a nap and thinks this should be an action shot. The baby can't make sense of any of it and happens to look really grumpy in every take.
I think we took 150 photos and we got one that works. Then I had to restage it the next day in the same spot with the baby so we could photoshop a happy face onto her grumpy one. I'm just going to go ahead and admit that here. We are photoshopping the Christmas Card. The holiday craziness is here in full force. And to think, it's not even December yet.