April 04, 2014

Picture perfect bloopers

I've made it known in the past how gut-wrenching and painful our photo sessions are.  I snap till my finger falls off in hopes of getting just one good one.  Lately I've stopped stressing and started embracing the experience.  I know, I know.  I should be avoiding it at all cost especially with my lack of photography skills and just hire a professional already.

But I love that these pictures express the kids exactly as they are on this day, at this age during this time. I want the kids to remember themselves as fun, goofy, loud, and crazy (sounds much like our life now!).  I'm not denying that snazzier locations and colorful props would help enhance their beauty.  But this is who they are not some perfectly posed moment surrounded by a perfectly staged background.

So...let's begin with a spring photo shoot taken on a Sunday morning when we had to be at church five minutes ago.  Timing is my greatest strength:


6:30 pm evening walk with the sun still upon us gave opportunity for a bright photo session.  Not knowing till after I viewed the pictures did the ugly, old, gray, Jack and the giant-like beanstalk trunk appear. Clearly, I have an eye for detail:


Finally, the luck of the Irish was with me when they wore green making for an ideal St. Patrick's Day photo session.  Throw in a Stetson for a lone ranger meets little leprechaun theme.  Mixing trends is so now. Presley is on to something:


They may never take direction well but at least they'll always stay true to who they are.  However, I may need to help them mind their manners longer than expected.


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