|Luke doing "school" outside.|
|Remember this one of Abbey expressively telling me something.|
However, sometimes friends ask for "family photos" and I oblige by taking some "posed" photos. But, my favorites are always the ones I take after the "formal" ones--the ones that I capture of them interacting with one another, etc. Or, if they are ok with it, my favorite way to take their picture is to have them interact doing a fun activity together and photograph them in the process. But still, most request more "formal" family photos.
You would think that I would apply this same principle on taking "family photos" for taking my own family group photo. I mean, rather than set up the self-timer and take a photo of all of us together saying "cheese" in the direction of an un-manned camera, perhaps I would get a little more creative and sneaky and take a photo of us interacting together. Still yet, that is very difficult when just using a self timer. Nonetheless, we attempted to take some family photos via our camera's self-timer recently. It did not go so well. Wait--let me adjust that sentence. It went well for all of us---except for Abbey. Miss Abbey wanted nothing to do with having her photo taken by the invisible photographer. I have learned in taking her photo, that you have to be careful how you approach the situation.
For example, here was the result of some sweet volunteer at her AWANAs club taking her photo (which became part of a snowflake ornament).
Ha! Plus, she recently put us through a 3-4 week period where she was "testing" us. I think this is what most call part of the "terrible twos"; however, we experienced it later with her than we had experienced it with Luke. Thankfully, we have our sweet, mostly obedient Abbey back and it appears we are through that period. But, when we were attempting to take photos of our family together, it wasn't ideal that she was in the middle of the "testing us" period. I share this post because the situation was pretty comical and the photos ended up telling a bit of a story when I looked back at them.
|"Okay Abbey, we will just get photos of Luke with us then."|
|Abbey pouting as we took the 3-person-family photos. As she pouted, we were begging her kindly to join us.|
|Let's try a new location. 3 of us are laughing---one is not amused.|
|She tried so hard to pretend to be sad.|
Okay--enough of the posing. Here are some pictures I captured as Drew was just interacting with the kids:
|Wow---a smile! There's our always-smiling Abbey!|
So, this is where I break the news to all of you that may normally get a Christmas card from us. Unfortunately, there won't be one this year--this was our attempt for a family photo for the card. But, I plan on writing a Merry Christmas blog post from our family to yours as Christmas gets a little closer. :-)