When Bella was born, my mom bought me a membership to a photo studio and I took Bella to get her pictures done every six months. This continued even after Braden was born. The last time I went, I wrestled to get my children to behave and smile for the camera. I attempted to pose them, keep their hair in place and by the time the pictures were taken I was aggravated, sweaty and my hair no doubt resembled that of a crazy lady on a day-pass from the home. I was beyond ticked with the staff at the studio and even recounting this story gets me so irritated that I can clearly remember why I didn't go back to get my kids pictures done for two whole years. But at the nagging of my Mother-In-Law and also my own guilt at having no professional pictures of my kids, I caved and went.
Don't let his precious little face fool you. He is a child in constant motion. He touches everything, including the very expensive camera in the studio. In spite of that, I think this sitting went much better than the last, partly because I wisely didn't put him in his picture clothes until we were tucked safely inside the studio and partly because my expectations are so much lower than they used to be. I am pleased that in this picture there is no snot crusted to his nose.
Can I get an Amen?
This is the child everyone wishes they had. I'm not saying this because she is mine. Being fair, she didn't get those aim to please, desire to do right and be obedient genes from me. I'm the child that would have wiped their crusty snotty nose on the expensive camera. Not to be naughty, but just to see what would happen.
This is a goofy kid. I'm just saying.
I realize that I put white socks on my kid even though he's got on dark pants and shoes. I know this is grounds for calling Child Protective Services on me but if you could just give me a pass this once I promise I'll never make this mistake on picture day again.
I did not put lipstick on this girl. Actually on the way to the studio, I noticed that her lips were dry, cracked and on the verge of bleeding. Are her pretty red lips a perk of the photo enhancements? Is my five year old photoshopped? If she is, why couldn't they have taken out the dirty spots on her tights? How could I have forgotten to paint her nails? Maybe you should call Child Protective Services. Clearly I don't deserve these children.
I hope you enjoyed their pictures. Soak them in. Commit them to your memory because I won't be going back for two more years. Not because it was a bad experience; overall, I'd say the experiences was a good one. Unfortunately, I won't be able to go back until I recoup the money I spent there, which should take roughly two years.