Thursday, December 2, 2010

D-Day. Or, Picture Day.

Sigh.  It's been 3 years.  The last time we did them (professionally), Princess #4 wasn't even in discussion yet.

It's time.

I'm completely stressed.

One of our first attempts at a family photo.  Notice our dog made the cut.  This was the good old fashioned run and jump timer shot.

I can totally see how it's all going to go down.  First we'll all be running around the house, looking for lost shoes, crying over hair tangles, trying to keep from getting wrinkled, stuffing bribes in various pockets and bags, changing last minute diapers and forcing certain 3 year olds (and possibly 5 year olds too) to go potty because, no, there won't be a potty where we're going.

We'll fight traffic as we head downtown to the uber cool urban location we scouted.  We'll meet our photographer and pray that Princess #4 warms up to her quickly because if she doesn't it's going to be a looooong shoot full of stubborn refusals to smile and lots of "mooooooooooommmmmmEEEEEEEE!!!"

The classic, forced smile JCPenney special.  This looks like it belongs in a church directory.   I did love Princess #1's dress though.

We'll say over and over to Princess #1 and #2 to STOP trying to make your little sisters smile, we'll take care of it.  Just mind your own business and stop pulling on your dress.  Turn your face towards the sun a bit,  and stop squinting, the sun isn't that bright!

Princess #3 we'll have to keep from trying to jump off the platform of the abandoned building onto the gravel below.  We'll probably pull Princess #4 down from the fire escape stairs 2-3 times before we finally move on around the corner and out of sight of the pseudo jungle gym.

At that point I'm sure we'll be taking a break to duck into the corner coffee shop so that Princess #3 can go potty because you know, her bladder is the size of a pea.

Finally a professional photo on location.  We even got close to smiles on everyone!  Poor #3's toes.  It was FREEZING that day and for some reason I had no shoes for her??

If we haven't already frozen because we've spent the last hour outside in December trying to get shots, we'll keep going, pushing our luck because by this point it will be dinner time and no one is in a good mood when they're hungry and cold.

We'll stop the Princesses from digging in the sand with sticks, keep hold of Princess #4 so she doesn't dash into the street, fix hair ribbons and straighten hems, smile when told to and (hopefully) at the end of it have at least one decent photo to show for it.

Our photographer is going to earn her money today.



  1. What a beautiful photo! You have a lovely family. We need to do a location shoot someday...maybe when it's warmer. I found you on the Mom's Nest directory and am your newest follower. I'd love if you'd return the favor - one Queen to another.

  2. Can't wait to see the updated family pic! My family is definitely due for a new pic with our three girls all together (professionally) going for it in the spring or summer, hmmmm maybe fall when the toddler princess isn't so crazy lol


  3. Hope the family pics turned out fabulous! Can't wait to see them! :-)

  4. Hope you had good luck this year - if nothing else, it's an adventure!

  5. Isn't that the way picture day is supposed to go??? :) Love your pic from 3 years ago... very cute!

  6. I hope it went well! Can't wait to see the pictures!

  7. I don't even want to think about family pictures! My husband and I were talking about taking the family somewhere to have Christmas pictures taken, but then I asked him if we could wait until after the holidays and just do regular photos. I love the results, but the actual process is enough to make me break out in hives! Btw, your family photos are gorgeous!

  8. First of all, love all the pictures. Isn't it fun looking back? Second, some of my best friends are photographers, and I always use that line "You are earning your money on that shoot!". How funny to read it here!

  9. Oh yes, picture day can be stressful! I am not a fan of studio portraits, but your latest photo came out beautiful!

  10. I can't wait to seeeeeee! Good luck! :)

  11. Being a photographer I totally hear everything you are saying is a tough thing to get a bigger family ready for a photo session...and stressful, sort of a recipe for when I dropped a hot wing on my brand new white shirt that my family wanted me to wear with jeans for our large family Christmas picture...sigh...stress. ug. And as a's an adventure for sure! haha. But, if your photographer is smart...he/she will take 400 pictures as I do of a larger family and will come out with 20 fun, entertaining and satisfactory shots that will bring you joy for years to come:). I would LOVE to attempt to be your photographer!!! Good luck today:)!

  12. Can't wait for the final result. :) We just did ours when we were in Dallas for Thanksgiving. We had my brother take them and we took theirs for them. Kinda of a trade out. Thank goodness it worked. :)


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