How NOT To Take Your Own Family Portraits

Monday, October 20, 2014

Step 1: In an attempt to have a baby that's a little more alert as well as giving yourself enough time to lose a little bit of baby weight, put the photos off until mid-October when the weather is wet and freezing. 

Step 2 : Make sure to not get out the outfits until that day, then realize things need to be laundered. Then while laundering, make sure to forget to lower the lid on the washer so they sit soaking instead of getting washed, putting everything an hour later than planned. 

Step 3 : Definitely, definitely do photos on a day when your toddler randomly refuses to nap for the first time in his life. This will make it so fun to try to get him dressed in multiple layers and out the door in a timely manner.  

Step 4 : Drive a half hour to the location of your choice while the toddler whines and the newborn screams the whole way.  This will make both parents nice and agitated. 

Step 5 : Get to the location and set up only to realize your camera remote is randomly refusing to not work. And definitely don't have a back-up plan or anyone around to help.  

Step 6 : Decide to do the ridiculous but only option - use the 10 second timer and run back and forth and try to get into place in time. This results in several of these blurry shots because you were trying to be fast and didn't double check the focus point. 

Step 7 : After realizing this and a half hour has passed, and the sun is going down quickly, finally decide to shoot ones of mom and toddler separate from dad and newborn and then combine later in photoshop. 

Step 8 : Spend lots of time in photoshop combining 4 photos to get the best shot of each of us and end up with one good not awful family photo. 

Step 9 : Snap a few more random ones to have more to show for the whole ordeal. 

1 comment :

KelliSue Kolz said...

Beautiful, nonetheless. And hilarious. We rescheduled our family photo and senior high schooler photo shoot with our fave photog twice due to a sick kid, weather downpouring etc., and then after we were all done and a week before deadline for the school yearbook, THEN he reads that it was supposed to be shoulders on up, solid grey background, indoors only. WHAT?

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