Shooting our annual Christmas card photo always seems to stress me out. I don’t know why…I can shoot portraits for other people without a problem, but I stress about shooting stuff for myself. Due to the nice weather we had in late-November and early-December, we decided to do an outdoor family portrait for our Christmas card.
Somehow, we managed to forget that we have a 4-year old and a 6-month old. Needless to say, I managed to record a few less-than-perfect outtakes. These photos document the joy, hilarity, carnage, etc, while shooting our Christmas card photos this year. All I could do was laugh at them. Enjoy…
If I recall correctly, this was a test to see if I had decent lighting, and an appropriate amount of fill-flash. My son took it upon himself to make it a funny face photo. My daugher, yeah, she was just unhappy. Looking at it now, this probably should have been our Christmas card photo.
An accidental press of the remote shutter release reveals a true gem.
What attempt at a family portrait is complete without tears?
An airplane passing overhead is WAY more exciting than smiling for the camera.
On the count of three, blink and give me a goofy smirk. Excellent, well done.
For every good photo of a baby or toddler, you always seem to have 2-3 of these…they are paying attention to you, they smile for 1/1000th of a second, then contort their mouth into some odd shape just as your click the shutter. I’m convinced they do it just to spite you.
I should note that I did get some great individual portraits of the kids, along with some family portraits that did not include tears, ridiculous smirks, closed eyes, or skyward gazes. However, you will have to wait to see those on our Christmas card…for me to post them, here or on Flickr.