...And there are few things as torturous to our family as a family portrait session. Family photos = torture. Simple as that. Steve is adversely affected for several months, but at least the kids recover quickly...no visible scars or anything. I should have had them play in the leaves FIRST, and then they probably would have been in better spirits for the camera-on-a-tripod-with-a-timer session.
I don't know what it is about trying to get everyone together and smiling at a beeping camera on a tripod, but it is sheer agony for everyone. Right up there with toothpicks under fingernails (eew...okay, not really. But close!) The stress of getting everyone ready (and smiling) takes years off my life, I'm tellin' ya...and it's all Steve can do to grimace his way through my countless renditions of "Okay, let's try it again...and this time, sit up straight, look at the camera, and try not to yawn/close your eyes/turn away/pick your nose/hit your sibling or burst out crying, okay?"
I really need to learn how to use photoshop so I can cut and paste everyone's best expression into one photo. Until then, how about a vote: do you like the first family picture better or the second one? Neither one is perfect but then, neither are we so hey - it's all good, right?
Since it was a very chilly day I only made them do one pose (I had planned on spending quite a bit of time taking more candid versions of us walking along gorgeous leaf-strewn paths and stopping by the lake, but that was just not meant to be), and once again it came down to "Well, we took about 50 frames, surely there's one in there somewhere in which we're all looking halfway decent...that'll have to do because everyone is SO ready to be done!"
Good times, good times.
Next time I'm going to be joining the kids in the leaf-throwing festivities...why on earth didn't I think of doing that for the official family photo? Guess I'll have to try again next year - because there's no way I'm going to be able to convince them to do it again anytime soon!
By the way, thanks so much for all your kind comments about the Christmas tree - I'm so glad you like it. Guess I'd better stop writing and start working on those tutorials for the ornaments like I promised!