Friday, December 17, 2010

What REALLY goes on behind the scenes of those cute holiday photo cards? Well let me tell ya...

It's time for another installment of Chicky Family Christmas Pictures!

*Thundering cheers*

*Smattering of polite applause?*

*Fine, one lady in the back who wandered in thinking this was a sewing circle and is too embarrassed to leave. Hey lady, there's coffee in the back. Help yourself.*

If you're new to this blog you should know I have a history with photo Christmas cards. I tend to set the bar a little too high for myself, not considering the two sentient beings who are the focus of each card. They have opinions too. And their opinions suck.

But photo cards must be done and they must be perfect! For they are the only proof my children occasionally smile and love each other! Black eyes and scrapes that I Photoshop out notwithstanding.

This year's Christmas card photo session was held over two days. The first, Caroline was having nothing to do with it and screamed the entire time. The second, Caroline was having nothing to do with it and screamed the entire time. The distinction, the first day Caroline was overtired and had a head cold. The second she was being Caroline. Big difference.

On the first day we tried to take pictures of them together:

I will not smile but I will insist on holding this 8 year old dog toy that has been sitting outside for the past year. Later I will lick it when I think you're not looking.


Grimacing is almost like smiling, right?

I believe this move is called the "Step Off, Beeyotch. I'm swinging here."

On day two is was very cold but we decided to push on anyway. You know where this is going right?



I... don't know what to say.


Except, thanks dog! The random tail in the picture gives it visual interest, dontcha think?

I could go on. Forever. But I won't because I'm tired of uploading pictures to gawd damn Blogger.

We tried to take individual pictures, too. We got dozens of pictures like this from Miss I LOVE the camera! Take more pictures of ME:


And we got hundreds of pictures like this of Miss I AM A FIRESTARTER AND ANYONE WHO ANGERS ME SHALL DIE:

Actually, that was a good one. The other ones would eat your computer from the inside.

But in the end, we got our shot and the cards were created and ordered. And there they sit, on my counter, until Santa sends me some of his elves to help address them. Should be any day now.

See? Perfect children being perfectly perfect. No one will ever know! Bwahahahaha! Except all of my friends who read this blog. Shit.

I may have included a little surprise on the back. I just couldn't resist this picture.

But honestly, who could?

60 comments:

Boston Mamas said...

Man, I love the grouchy/psychotic/dog tail outtakes. Awesome.

Gigi said...

And here I thought it was hard to get a good picture of one child (who is also a teenager and *should* be able to follow direction and smile on command)- but two? Little ones? You did have your work cut out for you - but you pulled it off!

Sharon said...

I LOVE the last photo! That should be on front.

A Vapid Blonde said...

I love the firestarter. That's how I feel about christmas right now.

d e v a n said...

awesome.

Whirlwind said...

Aww so cute! Your pictures are always good. I need to do an "outtake" blog post.

Hope you get them in the mail soon. Just think. in a few years, they can address the cards for you!

Lara said...

You should subtitle that last one, "You better watch out..." She could CUT YOU with those eyes.

Merriest of Christmases. :)

Making It Work Mom said...

Love it!
Christmas Photo Cards suck, but I must have the best one!!!! Not that I am competitive or anything. And I am totally willing to sacrifice my relationship with my children to get it. Yes it is a weird obsession.

Making It Work Mom said...

Love it!
Christmas Photo Cards suck, but I must have the best one!!!! Not that I am competitive or anything. And I am totally willing to sacrifice my relationship with my children to get it. Yes it is a weird obsession.

Making It Work Mom said...

Love it!
Christmas Photo Cards suck, but I must have the best one!!!! Not that I am competitive or anything. And I am totally willing to sacrifice my relationship with my children to get it. Yes it is a weird obsession.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

OMG, I would totally put that photo of Caroline on my fridge for the entire year if I didn't have a damned non-magnetic stainless steel one now.

Yeah. We didn't even try to do the holiday cards this year---Our card has photos from April, July & August. Hey, it's old in Australia in July. That's Christmasy right?

Christina said...

What is it with second daughters and their ability to look crazy in photos? Mira does the same thing as Caroline - when I can get her to smile, it's a psychotic smile that creeps me out.

At least you did manage to get a few good shots. Now you've got another year to teach her to love the camera like her big sister.

Avalon said...

Love them all! Beautiful girls, but that little one is going to rule the world with her pout!

Mrs. Tuna said...

I only had one kid to pose, two would have been way to hard.

Issas Crazy World said...

Adore the photos you choose. I also commend you on actually being able to do cards at all.

Here's my problem. I have three kids. One who believes she needs to do the model pose each time. One who thinks the camera is stealing her soul. And then the blur. My boy.

Yeah. I can try again in say four years right?

mel said...

Love the pics, especially the one on the back. heh.

Sandra said...

The final product is terrific. This was so funny though. Love the dog's tail popping up in there!

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Siobhan Wolf said...

i love it and have the same with my kids, only they're bigger now so I expect that they'll cooperate more and get even more frustrated when they don't.

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Heather said...

Love the back photo...and the others.

creative-type dad said...

Ahhh, they're cute. Even when they're starting fires with their eyes.

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Brad Fallon said...

Cute little ladies! I love those pictures!

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Anonymous said...

This post is hilarious. I've read it several times but keep coming back for the photos of Caroline. I've got a son who is a firestarter. And unless one has lived with such a spirit, one have NO idea. I love how you express your experiences with the girls in such a humorous manner. Keep sharing if you can. But I get it, if you cant. But hey, photo session for Xmas photos 2011 is coming up, right? I'll be checking back here just to see if you post the outtakes. Thanks for the fun writing.

Bea

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WOW! I enjoyed your extravaganza and I had a lot of fun with the photos. They are both so adorable and I am so impress with the photos. IT sure is fun taking photos with kids.

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I guess she's not so much into photo's, huh? Can't argue with that look

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Same as my son, angel to look at, but who would know he is a devil indoors! Love him to bits though.

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