Monday, November 29, 2010

family photo time

Being a mom who is obsessed with preserving memories of her family is a big job.  At least I make it one.  I've learned a few lessons.  I got a card for a free newborn sitting and a digital 8x10 so I took Maximus because I thought, "Hey, it's free.  What could go wrong?"  Well, we enter the "studio," which happens to be in the lady's basement, and the scene from Napoleon Dynamite comes to my mind where Deb is taking Pedro's photo and needs something soft and billowy.  The process was long and slow.  The photos were fine.  Of course I thought they were cute.  They were my newborn.  But I didn't really like her style, and I won't even say how much they were because it is embarrassing that I paid that much for photos that I don't LOVE.  I am a wimp, and didn't have the guts to just walk out with the free one.  So, when Maximus is 18, he will say, "Well, I can't go to college because my parents spent the money on a photo shoot.  But, hey, I have these sweet pictures of me as an infant sleeping and for whatever reason I am butt naked on a soft and billowy blanket."  Just kidding, I didn't spend that much.  And maybe when I am not so bitter about the whole experience, I will post the photos. 

Fast forward a month and it is time to think about Christmas cards.  

There are reasons why we haven't had a family photo taken since Samuel was 10 months old.  The biggest one is that it is a pain.  Thinking up outfits, getting everyone dressed, getting to the appointment on time.  All of this while trying to keep everyone happy enough to smile for a photo.  And, well, for the reason that I wrote about above, our photo budget was just about spent. 

I'll admit, a certain six year old made a few of my photos really really hard to smile for but we got one.  ONE.  One photo good enough for a Christmas card.  That was all I was asking for.  So the rest of these are just a bonus.  What a more than pleasant surprise.  

I got a photo that I love of each of my kids (that I love, too :)).  Merry Christmas to me (in my head, I sing it to the tune of the Happy Birthday song).  All for a mega reasonable price.  And that, in my mind, makes things even more beautiful.

The photographer started off with some individuals of the older kids...
She was the gem of the family.  Agreeable and helpful.  Thank you, Eva.
 I think he doesn't know how to fake smile or be happy on demand or whatever it takes to get a natural shot.  But this one works for me.  
 I want to kiss those creases on that forehead.  
 Can you believe this shot?  He was so fussy and somehow she got this one.  I need to blow it up and hang it on my wall.  Automatic smile on my face every time I see it. 
 I wanted to show off the "Big Bro" and "Big Sis" t-shirts that I bought for Eva and Samuel but they didn't really show.  But I guess it doesn't really matter, my eyes go right to their faces.  Yeah, and we kind of thought that Maximus might have the Lisa Ling eye thing going on (and if you don't know what I am talking about that is because you are nice and those things don't matter to you) and this photo kind of confirms that thought.  Figure he will outgrow it.  
 Can't speak for Karl, but it turns out the experience wasn't all that bad.  It only took an hour.  And when I saw the photos, it was totally worth it.  I swear the kids have already grown since these were taken.  And it has only been three days.  

Lessons learned:  All photo shoots are not created equal.  A crappy photo shoot can, if anything, make you really really appreciate a non crappy photo shoot.  


Liz O. said...

Christina! I love, love, love these pictures! You really SHOULD blow that of Maximus up to cover an entire wall, it is so dang cute! Congrats on baby #3! When can we mosey on over and cuddle that sweet little boy?

Emily said...

yes. . . there's a reason we haven't had a family picture taken. Ever.

These are beautiful. stunning.
I would pay money to have that picture of Maximus on my wall and he's not even my kid. seriously - what a treasure.

Kris Tina said...

These worked out fantastic-o.

Abbigail said...

Those are amazing. Your children are so beautiful. I hate photo shoots too. Freya refused to smile in hers and she began to cry. We posed for a family one at Freya's preschool and it turned out okay. I assume we will get another family shot this Spring or summer. I wanted a big sister little brother photo, but Freya did not. We compromised with her pushing the stroller with him in it.
I think Maximus looks amazing even with the lisa ling look. I still think Eva looks all Israelsen and Samuel looks all Urabe. XXXXX Want to meet this little one.

Jamie said...

Those pictures really are amazing. Your baby is already getting so big! Oh and thanks for sending me your address, my address book is always outdated since people keep moving :)

Nikki said...

The pictures are great!!! Also I need your new address so I can send you a card.

Michelle said...

Love, love, love them all! I want to eat that baby he looks so sweet! And I don't get the Lisa Ling thing... explain next time we're together, k?

Adri said...

LOVE the photos! So cute... I am such a slacker on the family photos department. It always seems to be so stressful getting ready for it then it's over in a few minutes and half the time I don't like the photos. Mine never are as cute as yours!

Sheralie said...

Mmmm. I love them. All of them. But especially the first one of Maximus. Really sweet.

Janine said...

I've been admiring your picture on our wall for a few weeks. The others are awesome too. Who took them? Seriously, I love them.

Christina said...

We got our family photos taken at fotofly in Draper. They were amazing, fast and the best part is that it is only $79 for the sitting and a CD with all the printing rights. Seems like a lot but it is so cheap compared to other professionals. You get the CD that day. I was amazed.


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