Family picture day sucks. We all have to come to terms with that and be prepared with a
good great photographer who can capture amazing shots regardless of the chaos.
We’ve got the amazing photographer covered (special thanks to rosanne parket photography for always getting pictures that almost make us forget the drama of the day), but I’m still determined to one day have a family picture day that doesn’t suck.
I thought I’d covered my bases this year, but I was wrong.
I’d been prepping the kids for days already, getting them excited about their outfits and making sure they liked them. They knew we were going to smile for the camera and then meet up with friends for dinner after, which gave them something to look forward to.
They seemed ok with it.
My 4-year-old doesn’t always fall asleep during nap time anymore, but we really needed him to have his nap so we could get ourselves ready. He did fall asleep this time, but too late, which meant we’d need to wake him up to leave on time. That was my first clue that things might take a turn for the worse.
Waking him up from nap doesn’t usually go well and this time was no exception.
We roused our grouchy little man and put him in front of the TV for a show, as per our usual routine–God forbid we stray from that–as we attempted to get him dressed.
Enter the whining and complaining about not liking anything he was supposed to wear, including the shirt he had previously thought was cool.
Also, I had somehow worked on getting everyone’s outfit picked out except mine, so I spent the last hour before we left changing clothes (some borrowed from a friend since I have minimal fashionable non workout attire) before finally deciding on an outfit that included a pair of leggings I pulled from the dirty clothes hamper.
Does knowing that make our pictures look less pretty?
Even though our prep time was stressful, we actually had a decent car ride up to Stanford University, where we were shooting, because I kept the kids quiet with offerings of goldfish.
However, once we were there it was nothing but fake smiles, refusing to cooperate and tons of whining. Tons.
We begged. We threatened. We told Reece no dessert that night at the restaurant (and stuck with it when the time came). Nothing worked.
Any real smiles you see are truly an accident and that’s why it’s so important to have an excellent photographer who can capture those moments when they happen.
We finally called it quits.
I thought we’d need a reshoot. When we wrapped up, all I was hoping for was at least one good picture because I was really dreading the thought of having to do it again.
As you can see, we got a lot more than one.
Somehow, someway rosanne parket photography managed to capture pictures that you’d never guess were the result of such madness.
Fortunately, she also passed along a few that show glimpses of what the day was really like and I’m happy to have these for memory’s sake, even if they won’t be showing up in any picture frames.
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