Last year at this time my daughter didn’t walk yet. She was crawling, but crawling doesn’t hold a candle to walking and especially not to running. I wouldn’t say that I miss those days, but sometimes it was kind of nice to set her down and not worry about her being out the door and across the street the moment I turned my back.
One such time is when I’m trying to get her photo taken. Last year we went to our local Picture People because I had a Groupon and heard that they do a pretty good job. Her pictures turned out super cute (I actually blogged about them over here). She was mostly smiley and – even better – she wasn’t blurry like she is in 90% of her other current photos. I swear that child is harder to photograph than Bigfoot.
I decided to give Picture People another go this year, but earlier this time so that I could hopefully use one of the photos for our holiday cards. We went this past Saturday. I think it was a combination of a typical toddler just not being in the mood and also our initial photographer was pretty obnoxious, but this picture pretty much sums up the tude we were working with that day:
Ummm the Naughty List called and it would like it’s holiday stink-eye back please and thank you.
Basically things were not going well at all. She wouldn’t sit still. She wouldn’t stand still. She wouldn’t smile. She wouldn’t even look in the direction of the camera. She kept running over to me yelling “MOMMY!” and throwing herself in my arms and of course how can I be mad at that? They brought in 3 DIFFERENT PEOPLE to try to get her photo. I apologized to all of them. Near the end we gave her some fake snowballs to play with and that seemed to work out relatively well, but for the most part I thought the whole session would be a bust. I crossed my fingers for 1 decent picture that I could use for our card. Then I waited with my out-of-control toddler in the waiting room for them to call our name. I have no idea how long we waited, but I think it was at least a year.
When the heck did they take these!? I’m telling you, those Picture People must be using witchcraft or something.
Thanks to the Groupon I got a ton of prints and a great deal on the image CD. I’m still in shock there were enough good images to warrant a whole CD!
Do you send out holiday cards? Do you use family photos on them? Have you ever been to a Picture People?
Happy Tuesday, everyone!