It’s that time of year again. You know, time to lose your ever-loving mind trying to get a decent shot of your kids for your family Christmas card. The cards need to be addressed and mailed soon so the photoshoot can wait no longer. Sure, some can hire a professional to take their shot, but for the rest of us, it’s time to dig out our very expensive camera from the closet, (you know, the one we bought when thought we might make a go of this ‘photography thing’). Here are a few tips to keep this photo shoot a little less maddening for you and your family.
For Santa’s sake, don’t go at this alone. You’re only human and those children will delight in refusing to listen to your very simple directions: “Stand beside each other like you’re actually related!” and then they will act like they forget how to smile and they might even think it’s funny to make a silly face and then those little…(well, you see where I am going with this).
Prepare For Mutiny
At some point, maybe seven minutes into your photo shoot, your children will decide they are done. I guess sitting for a moment beside their sister was too exhausting for them. You’ll beg for five more minutes but it’s unlikely to come back from a full photoshoot mutiny. Call it and pour a glass of wine.
If they are going to refuse to stand together than, ask them to play with toys, or read books, or some other, equally adorable, activity. You paid a lot of money for those coordinated outfits and you want the proof that your kids were clean and well-dressed at least once this year.
Let the Pressures of Unrealistic Expectations Go
If you’re not a photographer, than you might want to hold off on trying the latest, greatest Christmas card pose. Surrounding your Santa hat clad babies with the dim glow of Christmas lights and taking a shot at just the right moment works well for the professionals, but for the rest of us, it’s best to keep it simple.