Back in 2007, I began a blog-series which details our annual attempts to capture a picture of our children that is decent enough to serve as our Christmas card and/or accompany a Christmas letter. The posts begin with Christmas 1999.
Over the weekend, we made our first attempt for this year’s card. The camera may have changed, but the woman behind the camera has not. Apparently, I can take pictures of nature all day long; however, posing people–my people–is something I do not seem to be able to do very well. I offer proof…
Hannah, as usual (except for the tongue pictures in 2000), is smiling and ready for the camera. My sons possess an inability to be serious when a camera is pointed in their direction. They are all goofy faces and cheesy grins. After several tries, I took this one:
After taking several pictures with each child individually (which turned out great!), I attempted one more group shot. The daylight was fading so quickly, though, that I had to increase the ISO and decrease the shutter speed so much that there’s a noticeable blur.
We were all so frustrated with one another by this time that I said, “Just sit on that rock and we’ll see what I can get.” They are laughing because their father is doing something silly behind my back.
We will try again. Next time, I hope to coordinate the clothing a little better. Ben’s favorite color is red. I’m sure he’d prefer to wear it in our Christmas picture, but it sure does look bright in these pictures surrounded by siblings in blue. Noah started out with a nice bluish buttoned shirt, but took it off because he was too hot (yes, hot…in November).
Anyone care to offer advice or tips?