All is calm....
All is calm...
All is calm...
Oh, never mind.
Saturday morning I went a little (chest) nuts (roasting on an open fire) and decided to take Christmas card pictures at home. Thinking I was completely prepared, I laid out a number of outfits and accessories, prepared my husband for exactly how we would pose the children and grabbed my iPhone. I figured we'd have this project knocked out in ten minutes.
That's right. I don't know squat about taking photos of children and certainly don't have a fancy camera.
It did not go well.
Later, I told my hubby I was ashamed of myself for freaking out. Garrett said he didn't think the kids noticed my meltdown and that the concern for my mental welfare was contained to him. In fact, Max thought the chaos was great fun. I most certainly did not.
So, my Christmas gift to you is the following links. May they help you take family photos without tears, bribery, begging, threats, guilt, or any other embarrassing mistakes.
Family Portraits Do's and Dont's Don't #4 is Don't Let Mom Run the Show. Ha! Just let her try. She'll see who's boss.
Five Tips for Young Family Portraits Tip # 2 is avoiding posing. Um, yeah. Lesson learned.
Five Tips for Photographing Children The expression game idea is inspired.
Digital Photography School shares amazing tutorials. Perhaps if I'd found it before the photo session, I could have snapped more photos like the one below. Then again, if I hadn't exhausted her with the insanity, perhaps this shot would never have happened. After all, in a moment of desperation, I asked, "What do you mean you won't hold her? What if we put Baby Sister in your Tonka truck? Would you like that?"