Sunday, March 23, 2008

family pictures

As a mom one of your jobs is as family historian, which means capturing images of your family periodically through out the year. However you often meet with opposition as you diligently attempt to do your duty. Somehow my children cannot be convinced that if you cooperate fully the torture will be brief. However if you withhold smiles and full attention to the photographer you will only be subjected to greater torture. I just ask that you sit or stand where I asked you to, keep your appendages close to your body,look in the general direction of the camera and have a generally pleasant look on your face. But really that is too much to ask.
We snagged the 5 min. prior to leaving for church today to get our first picture as a family of 5. Thanks to the auto timer setting and the help of a barstool. There is no beautiful backdrop with flowers, buds and spring greens, because while it maybe spring for the rest of you here in barren-leafless-brown-trees-still-in-the-30s-New-England we don't see those things till mid May. Any outdoor photo would entail winter coats and would looking more fitting on a Christmas card. Yes, there was bribery with Easter candy. Yes, many images were shot on the sport setting which reduces the blur for whichever child happens to be moving when the image is snapped. But alas I have done my job!
The true hallmark of these photo torture episodes is the shrewish mother barking commands like: "look at the camera" "stand up" "sit up" "put you hand here" "smile" "stop making that face". Really if you can get 2 out 3 looking in the general direction of the camera we call it a success.
Happy Easter from our family to yours!

7 comments:

Gabriela said...

Happy Easter! That's a great picture. You were braver than me-I only took one of the kids.

LL said...

beautiful picture and HILARIOUS post! i SO get what you're saying.
Good for you for snapping the whole fam, we just go for the 4 and call it a day.

Lei said...

And if you can make it look like it was easy as pie you've done an even better job! Great looking family!

Andrea said...

you look BEE-U-TIFUL my friend. Your baby reminds me so much of Hayden when he was little. They have the identical head of hair. Such cute boys. You're a lucky mom.

The Orton's said...

Okay...I had to smile when I read this because that is exactly why I didn't even attempt a photo on Easter. Just the sheer exhaustion of attempting a photo made me not want to do it. Ohwell, maybe next week I'll try. Your family is beautiful.

SweetPea said...

LOVE the picture, and LOVE the post. Seriously funny. The best part...the bribery. Yes, it's definitely a must for any family with small children. Turned out great though!

Amber said...

Love it- it's all so true!