Picture 1321It all started Mother’s Day of 2009. I sat my then three year old and five month old on a chair in the living room in an attempt to get a good picture of them together. It only took a few funny faces and silly voices to get it. They were both smiling and looking at the camera – a feat in itself. I eagerly framed the picture and gave it to my mother as a gift.

Ever since then I’ve tried numerous times to get a picture as genuine and adorable as that one. Unfortunately, three and a half years later it still hasn’t happened. Usually they’re looking in different directions, moving around, or making a weird face.

I’ve tried it all; funny faces, silly words (including the word “poopy”), waving my hands around, making weird noises, and even bribery. Nothing has worked so far.

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I’ve kind of admitted defeat in that department. Instead of stressing over getting the perfect picture these days, I’m more interested in getting a picture that is representative of their personalities.

Maybe one of them is making a weird face or looking away in an otherwise picturesque setting – it doesn’t have to ruin the photo. It’s always a little quirky around here, so why should all of our pictures be cookie-cutter?

After I spent a good 20 minutes bribing, begging and making a fool out of myself in the middle of the mall the other day I finally realized that. I quickly looked through my pictures to see if I had any non-blurry ones that would be acceptable and I was pleased at what I had captured. Two brothers in a happy moment, one looking up at the other. They were excited to see Santa together.

Instead of leaving the mall full of exasperation and defeat I left with two giddy boys who were about to get sticky from mini candy canes and a camera roll full of pictures that represented them perfectly.

Do you always try to get the “perfect” picture or do you just take one in the moment?

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2 Responses to Getting the perfect holiday picture

  1. I am SO in the same boat! I only have one squirmy active boy to try and get a non blurry photo of…I can’t imagine two!

    When I was young my brother was KNOWN for purposely ruining family pictures with crazy sadistic faces. FInally my mom started charging him for each photo he “ruined.” The funny thing is I can still recall this one family photo with him doing this seriously crazy face and it cracks me up everytime. Now would I still have such a vivid recollection of that photo if he had been smiling? Probably not. ;)

  2. I just take a picture in the moment…actually, now it’s become my goal to always get the most ridiculously goofy one I can find. There’s no way it’ll ever be perfect, so may as well laugh at yourself in the process!

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