Saturday, December 01, 2007

Quest for a Perfect Christmas Photo

I love sending photo cards of the children at Christmas. So I am constantly on the look-out for a great photo. Being in WV this Thanksgiving, the kids were all dressed to match and my grandmother's house is beautiful. Perfect!

Almost passable except for the semi-smile from Clare, the fake smile from Jamie, and Simon slowly slipping away from his brother.

Take Two: Now the boys look happy, but what is with that face from Clare??

So photo-taking at my grandmother's house was a bust. No need to fear. While we were staying with my sister and her husband in New Jersey on the way home, we visited the spectacular Longwood Gardens. These gardens were incredible and there were a plethora of possible photo sites. Here we go...

I loved this Christmas tree display. However, I was not crazy about the fact that the kids were wearing their outerwear. Plus the whole standing idea did not work.

Let's try sitting down. Nope, Clare just wanted to stand. Jamie did a great job holding Simon, but Simon was too distracted by the flowers and lights.

We finally find a display that is not only gorgeous, but located right at a bench (no standing, no sitting on the floor). We are inside the warm conservatory of gardens and the kids actually match (and not on purpose).
By this time, we have been touring the gardens for close to three hours. The kids are exhausted and are on Day Nine of our road trip. Jamie was definitely done with the day, Clare is trying to catch shadows, and Simon, I am not sure what's going on in his little head.
After promises that this is the absolutely last photo stop, cajoling for smiles, and lots of aunties saying "Jamie," "Clare," "Simon," we finally get smiles from all three. Too bad Clare has Simon in a choke hold.
And then poking his eyes. And now I am done and calling it a night. The quest continues...

10 comments:

Katie said...

LOL! those photos are gorgeous!
- i have never managed to get a "perfect" photo of all 3 kids... but i have decided that the stuff ups are probably better really as they show their true personalities!
You have absolutely beautiful children!

nichole said...

I love that look on Clare's face in the second picture. She is too much. I'm sure the perfect picture will pop up sooner or later. Hopefully sooner :)

camille said...

That was so funny. I love how you narrated yourself through the explanations of photo after photo. Hilarious.

Penny said...

Beautiful children!

Nicole said...

Those pictures had me laughing out loud. Your children are beautiful even in these less than perfect poses. I feel your pain and I am only managing two squirming kids!

Kim, Grandma to Ava,ws said...

Oh, that was funny. Those pics sure tell a story. Cute, cute, cute. You have adorable kids.

Kerry said...

You crack me up! :) I wsa just about to post my deliverence into Hell trying to take the Xmas picture too. The one is ended up with is FABULOUS, but Brady's hair is of course standing up. What else is new????

Michelle, Tim, Aidan & Ari said...

AHHH The plight of the Christmas Card Picture...ugh! This year we let a professional handle it....but usually we end up doing it ourselves so I understand. Last year we couldn't "get it" so I used individual pics. of each kid in a collage photo online. Good luck! Happy photo snapping!
I love your post!

Julie said...

Great pics. Your kids are gorgeous.

Amy said...

One word, Photoshop.
XOXO
Amy