Picture taking stresses me out. Not having my picture taken (that I don't mind), but getting everyone ready, then trying to get everyone to smile and cooperate when they need to. It isn't easy to get four children to smile at the camera at the same time.
Here are a few pictures...and the story behind them.
One of my boys decided this was not the day to cooperate with the photographer. He was a bit shy and was more interested in exploring the estate we were at. No smile in any group family photo. :(
I was really excited for this picture. This is the estate where I grew up (my dad was the caretaker). The white fence behind the kids encircled my childhood yard and the house where we lived is just outside of the picture to the right. I was my children's ages when I played in this very spot. The kids were supposed to run to us and jump into our arms...but right after this picture was taken, when one of the boys jumped into my arms, his hand accidentally ended up in one of the girl's faces, and tears ensued. The photographer said: "Okay, let's all recuperate for a moment before we continue."
I love this picture of the boys, because they were being so goofy. I also love this gazebo, because I set a scene in one of my stories in this very spot. It overlooks the Mississippi River. But right before this picture was taken, one of my daughters was standing where the boys are, slipped off, and ripped her brand new dress. She scratched her arm and got a large sliver stuck in her hand, which brought on more tears and more recuperation. :(
But then, there were pictures like this:
And this one:
These are just a few of the beautiful pictures we have. All the angst was worth the priceless images I have of my children at this stage of life.
And, I also have a new author picture!
So here's my question for you: Do you take annual family pictures, bi-annual, or has it been a while since you've had family pictures taken?
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