For the past six years, I’ve been absolutely terrified of having family pictures taken professionally.
Seriously – terrified.
I would watch all of my friends hiring photographers and coming home with the most amazing pictures of their family. I would feel envious. I would think about having pictures taken. And then I would chicken out every single time.
Because I knew my kids would be wild.
I knew they’d get hyper and not settle down and refuse to smile like normal human beings.
I knew I would feel stressed.
And I knew that we’d walk away without a single decent family picture.
So Even Steven and I decided we’d just make strong efforts to take family pictures on our own. Which is how we ended up with this beauty (taken by my talented sister-in-law.)
But when my other sister-in-law (the trashy one) and I were debating about what to get my mom for Christmas this year, we kept coming back to a professional family picture. Of all of us.
We were all going to be together for a week in Florida, so what better time to hire a photographer and take some family pictures?
My kids behaved just as I expected them to.
They were wild.
They were hyper and would not settle down and refused to smile like normal human beings.
I felt stressed.
So you can imagine my surprise when we got the pictures a week later.
The photographer captured my wild, crazy kids perfectly.
And this one? It kills me…
You can’t even tell that we were glaring at our kids and threatening to throw away all of their toys, can you?
I especially think the magic of our family comes through in these pictures. Don’t you think?
And who knew that Even Steven was so darn photogenic? Whew – I know how to pick ’em!
So – I think I’m officially over my fear. If my kids can behave as terribly as they did for this photo shoot, and we can get pictures like this? Then sign me up every single year!
Although I do think a lot of it has to do with the talent of our photographer. She didn’t ask me to do this, but if you’re ever in the Sarasota area, call Kerri Gagne Photography (you can follow her on Facebook here.)
Are you as afraid of family pictures as I used to be? Do you think you look better than your husband in all of your pictures too? Any family picture horror stories to share with me?