This is not my favorite. But it IS the ONLY one where we are all looking at the camera with somewhat normal looks upon our faces. Did you hear that? The ONLY ONE. Out of - wait for it - 300. 300 photos I took with my super awesome camera I love and the remote I got myself and we got ONE PHOTO where we are all basically on the same page.
I blame myself entirely. I should have put it off until the baby had slept. And ate. And was in a happier mood. But I was "on a deadline" with these, so we went.
This one's the mr's favorite. It's definitely one of the cuter ones - we seem all carefree don't we? Too bad Pip's glaring and squirming while the rest of us appear to be having fun...
Also, Ax is obviously making a gagging motion, implying that these family photos are THE WORST.
became completely traumatized and forever afraid of wagons,
finally sort of smiled, due to the presence of a ball - his favorite thing -
and eventually took off down the tracks.
Not to be outdone, this kid
refused to smile normally.
Because nothing I could say was goofy enough.
But this look is much more naturally him anyway.
I'd like to add that the wagon was a thrift store treasure I picked up THAT DAY for only $10. We've never owned a wagon...
I briefly toyed with the idea of spray painting it a fun, bright modern color...
and then snapped to my senses. Cover up all that vintage charm?? What was the point of buying an old wagon then?? I think I made the right decision.
Zoe thought she was on stage or something. She quickly channeled her inner diva and started popping out poses I had nothing to do with.
Which are cute and true to life, so I love that aspect.
And all of those? Are the awesome ones. You want to see the outtakes? Trust me, you do. For real.
So. Justin's in pain, Zoe looks insane, Ezra can't even open his eyes, and Axel is screaming his head off. Super.
So, maybe some kisses will help? And Zoe is adorable. Adorable. Too bad the rest of us are less than stellar.
This one is ALMOST good. Almost. Except for a certain 7 yr old and his crazy face.
And we were so close! So close! I love this one! If only... I know a certain 18 month old who was determined to ruin every photo.
I can't tell you how much I love Zoe's face. Justin hates this photo though.
You know what the problem is with taking these photos yourself? When you're in front of the camera, you can't see any of those little quirky things you'd correct if you were looking through the viewfinder. You know, the "put your chin down, stand still, don't be silly, look up, put her hands down, smile, don't smile", things.
This idea is very cute. In theory. Except Axel hates wagons. This is literally the only photo in which he isn't frantically trying to climb out of the wagon while yelling in terror at the top of his lungs.
All in all, it wasn't the positive experience I'd hoped it would be. We did get some cute photos I'm hoping to hang in a gallery type style. And they are more real than perfectly posed and smiling children. I'd rather have these silly, crazy, full of personality cheeky little hooligans.
Still. Next time I will for sure be asking someone else to push the button.