I want this in my blog book so here is a little post:
This year we wanted to not only save money on our Christmas cards/pictures, but I wanted them to feel a little more organic. In my old age I guess I am too underwhelmed with the contrived/manufactured look. I just wanted a somewhat decent snapshot that we could tape on some paper that Norah water-colored. Good idea no? Well, in my somewhat idealistic brain it seemed easy-peasy, but that is not quite the way it played out.
On Thanksgiving we dressed in nicer clothing (brushed our hair and that sort of stuff), asked my father to take a few pictures in his back yard, and then the festivities began!
Apparently, being photographed is akin to torture.
Not that bad, but not that good either. And Rosemary!
Seriously? How hard is it to look at the camera?
Whatever. And we all look a little sick.
This was as good as it was going to get, but Rosemary!
So I caved, and had my running friend switch her head, which made it look manufactured and far from perfect. But I suppose that was the point.
And so it is. My favorite photographs of my family (siblings, parents) are the silly, either trying way-too-hard studio portraits or snapshots where people are posed far from perfect, eyes are crazy, someone is doing something that I'm sure made my parents cringe, and personalities are conveyed.
Maybe I don't want to forget how crazy it is to assemble a family of six before the camera.