Have you ever tried in vain to take official portraits of your kids for special occasions, like Christmas? Mine were all dressed up to see Santa last weekend and I thought that while they looked smart I would take some annual Christmas photos, so I had something to send with cards. We usually have a photographer take some photos every year, so we at least have one decent family photo, but I just haven’t had time to organise it this year. So I thought, surely it can’t be that hard, and I can take them myself…….
Trying to get a 1, 4 and 7 year old to all look in the same direction and smile at the same instant is a near impossible feat. Actually, it is impossible.
And my photographic skills were clearly not up to the task!
The photo below is the best of 109 shots I took in about 15 minutes and I think it’s one of the first I took. It just went downhill after that. At least for one second they all looked in the same direction, and then wouldn’t you know it, my amateurish photography skills fail me and I can’t even get the shot in focus!
And the photos we had taken with Santa were even worse because Amelia was terrified of him!
So now I have a renewed appreciation and admiration for any professional photographer who manages to take a successful or even in-focus photo of young children.