Just about a year ago I headed to a local mall with a then approaching-two-year-old Betty in tow for a holiday photo session. Year one was a piece of cake mostly because she couldn’t walk yet and then last year was a totally different story. She in perpetual motion with a perpetual attitude for the entire shoot. Everything I asked her to do was the worst thing she had ever heard in her life. She hated everyone that came in the room. Three photographers later somehow the pictures still turned out fabulously. I have no idea when they were taken because it was definitely NOT the photoshoot I was watching, but I vowed that it would be our go-to place every Christmas. This past Saturday we found ourselves there again.
Things are SO much different now that Betty is nearly 3. She eagerly chose her own outfit for the photos – a cream colored sweater dress and silver tights, both with a hint of sparkle – and after she got dressed on picture morning she proclaimed herself a princess and happily spun around the living room singing songs off the Frozen soundtrack while I got ready myself. We made a quick stop off at Target beforehand and she announced to everyone that she was getting her picture taken that day. I was kind of hoping to jump in a pic or two with her so I wore my own vaguely sparkly top. She was thrilled to pieces that “we match!!”
At the mall we somehow got the best imaginable parking space right outside the main door. When we walked into the photo studio we didn’t even have to wait 5 minutes even though we were easily a half hour early. Waiting wouldn’t have been terrible anyway because they were showing Frozen on a big TV. Well played, Picture People.
Last year she gave me a bunch of holiday stink-eye; this year she was a shining star, turning on the holiday ham full blast. Smiling, jumping, screaming “cheese and potatoes!”, she did everything the photographer asked of her (ONE photographer this time!!) and it only took about 10 minutes to get a disc full of fabulous images.
Of course I already knew I’d be buying the disc. They had one of those $19 for one pose deals going on and I didn’t even bother because those are just useless to me as far as Betty is concerned. Here’s why:
And one of my most favorites…our 2014 holiday card photo:
Betty watched Frozen as I stood in line waiting to pay and singing along with one of the songs playing off the TV, then shared a laugh with another parent who was also singing along as she waited. Malls the week before Christmas just aren’t supposed to be that laid back and fun and yet we had the nicest time there.
I almost wanted to hang out there all day.
I hope everyone is having a spectacular holiday week and that you get everything you want this year! Much love from my family to yours!
PS. I did get my pic with my girl. It might be one of my favorites ever.<3