Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas card picture follies

One lesson that we've learned as new parents is that getting a 1-year-old to stand still for a picture is pretty much impossible. Now that she can move, she does. All the time.

Thus began the saga of our attempts to obtain a heartwarming photo of the Peanut to include with our Christmas cards. It's a long story, but suffice it to say that the first time we went to the Sears portrait studio, she screamed continually for an hour while running out of the frame every time the photographer tried to get her to stay put. So we slunk out of Sears without a picture.

A couple of weeks later, we tried again. This time Mr. Fraulein and I stayed in the shot, holding onto her. She was marginally happier than the last time, in that she wasn't actively screaming, but she was still pissed off. As you can see by the look on her face in the picture that we reluctantly purchased just because we were tired of dealing with the whole thing.

So, while my child is actually pretty photogenic most of the time (if I do say so myself) in the Sears picture she just looks angry. Her eyes are all puffy and she doesn't really look like herself. Which wouldn't have been so bad, except that my friends' Christmas cards have been pouring in, and each child looks more angelic than the next. There is little S., wearing a Santa hat and a little plaid vest and beaming cherubically. And there are brothers G. and M., sitting calmly in a Victorian sleigh in matching outfits and matching happy smiles.

Oh well -- there's always next year!


jamfan said...

From G & M's Mommy: The charming Victorian sleigh photo cost $200 for the sitting and 75 cards. I had to buy 30 extra cards, at a buck fifty apiece. I wouldn't have done it, except that I didn't have a decent photo of the two of them, and I know that, pricey though she is, that photographer is the best. We were in there for literally twenty minutes and had ten great shots to choose from. Of course, now we're broke...

Magpie said...

I recomend Target's photo studio -- they're pretty good. Although the first time we tried to get one of both girls, the little one couldn't quite sit up by herself, so I had to sit under the box they had her on, and stick my hand up through a hole in the back and grab hold of her shirt to hold her upright.

We didn't even get a photo this year. The Heffalump utterly refused to pose for school pictures, so we ended up using a random snapshot.