Oh my. I have a dilemma. (really spell checker? Dilemma has two m's? I had no idea!)
Almost two weeks ago, I dragged my husband and bribed my two kids to join me in Fall Family Photos. I bought new outfits that coordinated. I hired a photographer that I had never met before. I hemmed and hawed over location possibilities.
And my kids were terrible during the shoot. No, I'm not kidding. I can't tell you how many times I apologized to the photographer for Jaina's attitude or Jayce's disobedience. My candy bribes did not work. I finally had to threaten them with going straight home after the shoot and NOT stopping for Krispy Kreme donuts in order to get just one shot of them together, smiling and looking.
And this is why, my dear friends, I do not attempt Family Photos with my tripod and remote. Because someone might murdered in the process. Or at least have a long time-out, which to my kids, is just as bad.
The photographer was incredibly patient and good with my children. She knew how to pose, engage us, and let us engage each other naturally. If she had a website, I would surely be sharing her info with you all. But alas she only has a FB page and a flickr account. And you have to be her friend to see her stuff. Oh well!
Well, I just picked up the disc of images today. All 506 of them!
Yeah, there's a bunch of Jayce trying to escape and a bunch of Jaina pouting when she didn't get her way... BUT, there are some amazing shots on there as well. That totally capture our family's quirky personality and love for each other.
I'm in love with my family's photos.
I could not wait to come up here to the bonus room and upload them to Facebook! And my blog! And my website!!
But something stopped me.
How awesome these pictures would be as the images I use on my Christmas cards?
How much would my parents love a canvas print of our family to add to their wall?
How much would my in-laws love a photo book of all my favorite images?
And what would happen if they received these gifts after they've already seen them? Would it take the surprise and joy away?
So, I'm not posting my images after all.
okay, maybe just one :)