Because I am a glutton for punishment, every couple of years, I like to get a family picture done.
I always have visions in my head of those beautiful family portraits you see on Pinterest and professional photographer's websites where everyone is in coordinating colors and looks so happy to be part of their lovely family.
Well.... I got the coordinating colors part down.
The "everyone looking so happy to be there" part? Not so much....
Can you figure out who looks like they'd rather be doing just about anything except taking pictures?
Here we are interrupting an important phone call, I guess.
I might smile but I won't open my eyes. You can't have everything, lady.
How about open eyes but a little tongue action?
And now the pouty phone call.
Yet another phone call that just can't wait.
Fine. You take my phone. I look at the ground in a daze. Humph.
Taking pictures makes me feel barfy.
Can we PLEASE do something else? Anything?? PLEASE???
Snuggling with Dad makes me feel a tiny bit better. But I still won't smile.
Finally. Walking to the car.
If picture time is done, I just might smile. A teeny bit.
A little pensive but pleasant.
Oh Dad. You're such a funny guy.
And now that we are really and truly done with picture time, I will give you one great big belly laugh. Now let's get out of here.
In the past, with the magic of Photoshop, we can usually achieve one family photo. I've decided to do something a little different this year and I'm really excited about it.
I saw this idea on Pinterest...
and I'm totally going to copy it. Except I'm going to do three photos, one of each girl - the belly laugh of Lily in the middle and and these two of my big girls on each side:
And my pictures will be hung over the mantel. I'll be sure and show you the finished product.
Oh yeah. We got a pretty good pic of mom and dad, too.
Ahhh. Done for the next two years.
Side note here - We have an amazing photographer who has taken our last three sets of family portraits. Elle is very patient and somehow manages to get good pictures without ever losing her cool. I was honestly shocked this time that anything at all came out because Lily was mad from the moment we got out of the car. If you're in the Austin area, I highly recommend Elle Mendenhall and here's where you can find her: