I love our one from the pumpkin patch, but Ava's in a pumpkin costume (not exactly Christmas-y).
I like the family ones from her birthday party, but she's covered in cake (and they're not exactly Christmas-y).
I love the ones from the date Shaun & I went on recently, but He's in a suit, I'm in a dress and she's in pj's ...and screaming.
I like the ones from Thanksgiving (especially because this one's graced by a particularly lovely blondie!) except Ava's outfit is hiked up, she looks more miserable than she was and I don't think I even look like "myself".
I'm still regretting not getting even ONE photo from the recent wedding we went to when we were ALL dressed up nicely and the day was beautiful.
I like the ones from a couple of weekends ago, but had to do some serious editing to get them less blurry.
I don't mean to be complainy (and yes... I know I am), but I'm SOOoooo picky and after all the photos I take, I just want a really good family christmas photo!
Is that too much to ask???
OH... and I don't want to pay an arm and a leg to have professional do it. We just can't afford to do that right now, ya know?
My friend "Miss Kelly" came to happily oblige me last night and was SOoooo patient taking our family photos, but a SUPER DUPER EXTRA fidgety one year old and parents who didn't know which way to look (we were more distracted by Nana ringing jingle bells over Kelly's head than Ava was) ...didn't make for a great combo. It simply wasn't our night and even Miss Kelly couldn't work her miracles... but the photos do lend for some great laughs!
These? We were just prepping for the baby to wake up HAPPY and COOPERATIVE from her nap (yeah... that didn't happen)
Here's the HAPPY-COOPERATIVE girl!!!
This one with the candy cane in front of Shaun's face? It's actually the best one! And look at who's the culprit? WHO's holding the candy cane? NOT the baby!
At least Daddy had his act together...
Ok, Daddy AND Ava...
Let's play... WHERE's the CAMERA!
(Ava's thinking: "Uh... or we could NOT play that game")
I'm outta here!
I love her expression...
My mommy is related to cousin IT...
Nice diaper shot.
ARE WE DOOOOOONE???
(We actually considered this one being our Christmas card and saying something like
"Merry Christmas... we tried")
Well, I guess we could enter them in the "awkward family photos" files along with these ones...
Is anyone else like "what's with the men and their cats?"...
Oh... a man and his chicken... much better...
...ok, maybe they're not all THAT bad, but they were pretty "unflattering". So I started to look back through the photos I'd begged any passer by or visitor to take lately.
And I realized that over the past few weeks I've gotten a few that just MIGHT actually work. Here are my top picks for a "Christmas Photo Card" so far:
These are the best we could do... What do YOU think?