Christmas Cards. I LOVE them. LOVE them. I love sending them. I love receiving them. I LOVE them.
Our life has been a tad bit crazy. And I am a bit behind on all things Christmas. I am one of those people who gets Christmas shopping done EARLY. I have an idea of what I want for our Christmas card,etc. Well this year, we are moving. We are moving 3 days before Thanksgiving. To say I have not been completely focused on getting things ready for the holidays would be an understatement.
I knew I needed to get pictures of my kids for the card. I knew that it was not only, not in my budget to hire someone to take our pictures.. it just wasnt a wise choice. The way my kids work- you never know what kind of mood they will be in. So patience is key.. and understanding that it might take a few attempts before getting the perfect shot. You cant just call back a professional photographer over and over again...
So I talked to my favorite- Esther.. she shared her secret of a great nature park in Norman. No swingsets to distract. Perfect. She suggested going between 3:30 and 5.. the sun would be going down and my kids would be less squinty.
We got there.. I even had a few props. It was every bit as difficult as I imagined.
We had tears a couple of times. I just need ONE SINGULAR good picture. I did not even set the requirement of looking at the camera. I had some looooooow expectations.
And I got ALOT of outtakes. But thankfully.. I got a few that WILL work. Thank goodness. I mean, do not get me wrong.. I was gonna MAKE one work.. but I am happy with a few. So.. although we may feel like we have been hit by a train.. it was a SUCCESS. :)