Every time we get photos done it turns out to be a stressful experience. I am not sure why I thought this time would be better...
Let's take last year's photos for instance... right off the bat, we got nearly a perfect picture:
Okay, well it was perfect enough for us.
But...then things started to get a little crazy....
Okay, this one isn't too bad, BUT you should have seen the chaos going on around us...kids everywhere, trying to leave, it just was no good.
Then came this lovely photo...
Adorable right? But, again, there was chaos....complete chaos going on.
And then...there is this photo:
And this is the best one we captured of these two...it was torture for them, TORTURE. (well, it at least seemed like it to everyone who was present).
Well, our most recent experience was with a different photographer, in fact, it is a girl I went to school with. We thought we were prepared...we had the outfits set, we matched wonderfully! We bribed the children ("If you are good and listen to directions you can choose a toy or ice cream from the local fast food place!"). We had given the children naps, they were ready for the shoot...so. we. thought.
We walk into the studio, not bad, everything seems cool. There is a big pool like blow up with balls in it (a ball-pit) and the kids were excited. Well, this is okay, I thought... I can use this fun stuff as a bribe for the family shoot.
Oh no. That did not happen. We tried, but to no avail. The children just wouldn't cooperate. Okay, okay...so we try a bottle with Annabelle. Nope, that wasn't the issue. We try getting the boys to take pictures together... Nope, didn't happen. Okay, well it SORT OF happened- but they were NOT interested in posing.
Well, let's just say, it was wild. Kids were being kicked, some were hoarding balls, others were flailing around like fish out of water.
Once we had all the screaming and crying we could take, we said enough is enough of the ball-pit. (Thank heaven the photographer didn't kick us out yet!) The kids were mad, but the show had to go on!
Next up, TRYING family photo's again. Now, this time wasn't too bad, most of the kids were cooperative to a point, except Nolyn. Nolyn didn't want any part of this photo shoot business. Not to mention he insisted on holding a bright green ball from the ball-pit. We mutter through a few dozen pictures, praying that our kids will look okay for just one. Then the photographer says "say cheese". Well, for some reason the boys thought they had to draw out cheese until they ran out of breath...
Okay, this was funny, nope scratch that...HILARIOUS! They just kept doing it...they would breathe and then
I couldn't help myself, I cracked up. I couldn't take it anymore, it was just so funny. I think the stress made me crack a little bit too...it was just what we all needed. (Thank you, boys!). They just kept going and going..and I kept laughing and laughing, even with tears in my eyes.
We eventually get enough photographs taken that the photographer thinks she can compile something that resembles a normal family portrait. Then, we hurry and change Annabelle into her pretty little dress for some Annabelle only shots.
Annabelle isn't fond of strangers, so, having her on her own didn't work to well. She also was drooling like a dog staring at a steak.
I ended up holding Annabelle, just in hopes to get some smiley pictures.
Then, Raymond and I needed to get a few in...at least these were easy (as the children ran rampant).
Then...done. Thank goodness. What a very stressful event...photos with six children (all 7 and under) are insanely trying! Thank goodness for a patient photographer!
We purchased the rights to the 2010 family pictures in the first part of this post, the 2011 family photos are being used with permission from Tatum McWatters of Tatum Photo and Design.
You can find more family photos of my family in the tab, The Nest!