One of my sad little secrets is that I hate getting my children's pictures taken. Sure I take snapshots of them all the time but getting them bathed, dressed and marched down to the portrait studio at the mall just so I can pay Hannah Montana behind the camera beaucoup bucks to capture them grimacing in unison hasn't been high on my priorities list.
Inevitably we get there and one of the kids has dried gum on their lips, has forgot their tie or has decorated their neck with temporary tattoos the night before. Oh, and there was the time that Spencer wanted to see what would happen if he stuck the tube from the central vacuum to his cheek while it was sucking. Three words: world's largest hickey.
It just seemed to tempt fate whenever a picture was scheduled--and don't get me started on school photos, I didn't even order them this year.
So a family picture? Never. We've had casual shots taken of all of us together but we've never gone to a studio for the real thing. Would you hate me if I confessed that I'd have probably gone my entire life without having a family portrait taken and never cared?
But we happen to have a friend who is amazing with a camera who owns Stanton Photography here in Anchorage. He's taken pictures of most of my extended family and done a terrific job so I thought that maybe--just maybe--it would be a good thing for us too. You know, nice for the grandparents and all that. If anyone could could catch us with all of our eyes open at the same time he could.
On the day of the sitting I was busy talking with one of the adults in the room in between groupings when I happened to look up while he was shooting Grace and Lillian together. All at once I had a mushy Mom Moment where I saw my two sweet little girls in that beautiful lighting looking so pretty and I got a little tear in my eye. Yes, a bona fide tear.
So this proves, after all, that I do not have a heart of stone (it also probably proves that real photographers make all the difference). I just love how the pictures turned out, they're beautiful. Maybe there's something to having a family portrait after all.
Thanks to all who entered the Saucy Frocks giveaway this weekend--my but the aprons were popular! I had people offering me cookies and all sorts of affection should I pick their name but Heather of Fort Mill, South Carolina had the good luck to win this time. But don't worry, I've already got great gear lined up to give away all through the next month!
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