What really happens when you try to take family photos….YOURSELF.
I had this great idea a couple of months ago that this year I would take the photos for our family holiday card. I thought to myself, “I love taking photos of the kids and it would save us some money!” How hard could it be? I underestimated the level of difficulty.
Let me start this by saying that this past week felt never-ending. I’ll share a story with you that sums up how my week went after my husband left on a business trip for a few days. Looking back it’s funny but at the time I can assure you I was not laughing!
I got my oldest ready for school, got my youngest ready to tag along for the ride, and it seemed as if we were actually going to be early! (That never happens) I head out to the garage and hit the button on the wall to open my side. It only opens a quarter of the way. I thought it was a fluke, and tried again and again….and again. This went on for a while, because I was hoping that whatever was causing the problem would just sort itself out. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t. I figured I would just move my car a bit and be able to reach the pull down cord to unlock the door so I could manually open it. Something was stuck somewhere up there that I could not reach. At this point we went from being ten minutes early to about twenty minutes late.
I didn’t want to have to call my father-in-law to come bail me out because I’m a mom! I can do this! So here was my next brilliant idea: Try to get my car, a SUV- a compact one, but a SUV nonetheless, out of my husband’s side of the garage. Seriously, someone should have been recording this. WHAT WAS I THINKING?! To make a much longer story shorter, my black SUV ended up parked horizontally in the garage with a very decent size white scuff mark on the passenger side door, my father-in-law came over and fixed the garage door in about a minute and a half, my son was over an hour late to school, and I felt completely defeated all before 10 A.M. on a Wednesday.
Now that you have an idea of how my week was going, here are the photos!
My original plan was to allow an hour to shoot outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful natural light. In reality I had 40 minutes (until our babysitter arrived- the hubby and I were in a desperate need of some QT after the week we had) and I overlooked a very important part to this great idea of mine. We live in New England and it was around 38 degrees outside. I looked at my husband and my kids and I made the pitch to just give me two minutes outside so I could maybe get one shot of the boys with our pine trees as a backdrop. Do you see those photos? Now you know how well that went. I have 4 photos of my both my children looking like Leo DiCaprio at the end of Titanic. Oh well, I tried.
We took the photo shoot inside and I now had about 30 minutes once I got the boys set up. Ask any parent, or think to yourself if you have kids, how hard it is to get your children to both look at the camera and genuinely smile. It is like getting struck by lightning. Although I am pleased with the photos I eventually captured, (my husband was standing behind me the whole time singing a song about poop to get them to laugh) this whole thing did not go the way I planned. When it came time to try to get a photo of the four of us, I set up my camera on a small table, cleared all the toys and other random items strewn all over the floor
and threw them on the couch. I set up the self-timer and about 35 photos later I got ONE. I wasn’t really happy with it but between each set of photos, the whining and complaining couldn’t have been louder if they were hooked up to surround sound, husband included. I was beyond over it at this point. I needed a drink, or five. Hallelujah for date night!
To be honest, it was a nightmare but at least I can say I did it! I may have spent a lot more time by doing everything myself but I saved us hundreds of dollars! I hopped on Shutterfly and browsed through a ton of cute and affordable holiday designs. I got 40% off with a promo code and used Ebates to get cash back. If you don’t have an Ebates account and you are an online shopper, you have to sign up! By going through Ebates before you make a purchase, you will get a certain percentage of your money back each time you shop online. If you’re already online shopping, why not? I have been using Ebates for over a year and have told basically everyone I know about it! The holiday is a great time to sign up because a lot of sites offer double cash back which helps to keep some money in your pocket during the holidays. If you’re new to Ebates they even offer a $10 gift card to stores like Target, Macy’s, and Walmart just for signing up for a free account. I got 4% back from shutterfly just by going through Ebates first! Sign up here if you want to check it out!
I couldn’t find my exact earrings so I linked similar ones below from Forever 21. The lipstick, gloss, and liner are all Mac products and probably my all time favorite combo!
Anyone can post “perfect” photos but the reality is 9 times out 10- things aren’t as “perfect” as they seem. There are way more outtakes than there are perfect photos and just as many “mom fails” if you’re me!