I just realized I never shared our family photos with you! We had them done in November, by the lovely Leia Amarra, who has taken photos of us before and a couple birthday parties too. It’s always a really laid back session, nothing stuffy or too posed. Just my style.
Before I had kids I didn’t think family pictures were that great. Why not just take pictures all during the year, and then you’ve got great memories from that. Well, now I think a bit differently. For one, it’s damn near impossible to get the entire family in one photo. One of you is always taking it, or if you luck out with nabbing something to take a pic it’s always awkward, forced, or a kid is running out of the shot. If you take family pictures once a year, at least you have that. Your kids will have that. Forever.
Last year we did an off time for family photos, February or something. This year we timed it just right for christmas – getting the most out of it! Last year was at the Boston Public Library, such a beautiful location. Provided for a spectacular backdrop and a lot for the boys to soak up.
This year was totally different. We decided to do it at the new house because there’s lots of great light and we thought it would be nice to have this milestone a part of photos we’ll look at for years to come. In theory, it was great. And, even the pictures look great (thank goodness). But the actual day was a total pain in the ass. Remy, who is the most well-behaved, even tempered kid on the planet, made it his sole purpose to destroy any shot he could. Made faces, threw fits, ran away – anything you can think of. This of course made little bro, Felix, do the same. He can’t sit still as it is, but with a brother saying ‘poopie’ as we try to take a picture, it was pretty impossible.
In short, we lucked out. We actually got some usable photos. And we’re also lucky that I like the more candid ones anyway – because we sure as hell weren’t going to get them to stand there and smile.
My advice if you find yourself in a similar situation? And if you have kids, you will no doubt find yourself here. Roll with it. Seriously. It’s a moment in time. Just capture it. Who cares if everyone is smiling, happy or even clean. I brought out snacks, balloons and puzzles to help focus the mess. Props help for about 1.5 seconds – but sometimes that’s all you need. What you don’t want? A bunch of photos where you look pissed off because they won’t cooperate.There were a few of me like that. I regret it.
Then plan to go somewhere and have a drink (or a run, or a vat of chocolate, whatever numbs the pain for you).