Monday, December 18, 2006

Giving Ourselves to a Higher Power for Our Family Photo Shoot

Welcome, especially if this is your first visit!

Most of you know that I love pictures, and most of you also know that our 21-month old son, Q, loves to play with brooms. These two loves had an eventful intersection when we and the ever-patient SwingDaddy got together with our photographer friend YF for our family photo session.

My reflections immediately after the fact were captured in this post, and here is the illustrated story of how to encourage a very curious toddler to cooperate long enough to pretend that one's family looks loving and relaxed for at least five seconds during the year.

How it began: Q was intrigued by YF's guitar, so we brought that out to entertain him, as well as some toys. Not really successful here.

Q was less interested in the toys than me and went in search of the cat.

We enticed him back with the guitar, and while the photo turned out ok, we weren't crazy about the focus being a guitar. It's nice and all, but not really representative of us. YF's dog wandered in, and Q ran over to hug her, but a Christmas photo with someone else's pet wasn't quite what we were looking for either.

SwingDaddy made an attempt to make Q giggle by turning him upside down, a favorite pasttime, but the smile only lasted until he was right side up again.

Here I am, trying to entice my child to sit still with a raisin treat. I look like a dolphin trainer.

SwingDaddy succeeds in getting the kiddo to smile, which is much easier now that he has found a toy broom and mop.

And this is the best smile yet.

Now if we could just get him to let go of the broom and mop for one minute.

Well no, that just isn't going to happen. Mom and Dad are so SLOW sometimes!

Once we decided that there was no point in fighting the brooms, the photo shoot went just fine. Q was happy, and what could be more important?

This is it. The moment you've been waiting for, our 2006 family photo. You have to admit, it is pretty representative of our lives at this moment:

Mommy, Daddy, Baby, and Brooms.

Thanks for visiting! Q's life is described in great detail at SwingDaddy's place, and you're welcome to drop by.

Many, many thanks to YF for the excellent photography under duress.


Mamacita Tina said...

Great pictures to retell that story! I love the smirk on Q's face in the ninth picture, cracks me up! Your family is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous family.

Really, I think all photos should contain a broom and mop.

mayberry said...

Awww! It was totally worth it in the end. And the broom is now immortalized on film forevermore.

Mir said...

I think that picture is PERFECT. Also, you all look like you just stepped out of a catalog. I wasn't kidding when I said you look EXACTLY THE SAME as I remember you from 20+ years ago!

Anonymous said...

Great story and pics.
And a great final pic!

Lady M said...

Thanks for all your kind words! Now that we have an understanding about the broom, everything goes much smoother. ;)

YF said...

Very good story! And it ended up really well - I think it is always harder for the parents then the photographer!

Karianna said...

Oh, I LOVE these photos! How wonderful, real, and adorable.

Mom101 said...

I would put the entire series onto an xmas card - it's just awesome!

K goose blog said...

wlove the photo shoot. the broom is quite the toy!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos and family!!

Anonymous said...

That is a hilarious photo commentary. It is SOOO difficult to take professional family pictures with a toddler. The last time we attempted a family photo was when Quinn was 18 months old, and I'm still sort of recovering from that (it was over two years ago). The picture you ended up with is great, though! Very cute!