Christmas Pictures Woes

I am the proud mother of a feisty, defying, sassy toddler Bear.  With that comes great difficulty in capturing the "perfect" portrait for a photo Christmas card.

Gone are the days when I could get Ellie to pose like this:

Instead, I am left with a wide array of looking-down, looking away photographs to choose from.  I know that I am not alone and I could not help, but chuckle when I read about Becca's woes on The Bate's Motel as she tried to capture the perfect photo of dear Sammi.  Why must kids be so stubborn and difficult?  Do they not know that we need a perfect photo of them gazing happily into our camera lens-eyes open, infectious smile?  Apparently not.

Maybe I should choose the one of Ellie removing her shoes with her teeth?

Or the one with the missing shoes and ripped stockings?

Or this one?

Actually, I am really lucky Ellie kept her bow in her hair and that there were no freak spit up incidents at all over her Holiday finery.

Maybe next year, Ellie Bear will cooperate? Hmmmm.  I am not counting on it!



  1. I didnt have any better luck this year either..Avery is really becoming a little stinker when ever i pull out the camera!! :)

  2. LOL!!! Love this. I am glad to hear *I'm* not alone in this, too! I ended up using pics that were taken kind of randomly, not as part of a concerted effort to get holiday pics. Sammi was just hamming around with a Santa hat on, and I snapped some photos that worked out perfectly. Maybe we just get burned when we try to hard... :-) Love that girl - what a cutie, ripped tights or otherwise!

  3. There still beautiful shots! And in FOCUS which is something I've yet to master so that's something.

  4. I feel your pain. We have this problem every year!

  5. you have inspired a xmas photo card post from me! it needs to be done xxx she isbeautifuland the shots are amazing i think. xxx

  6. All of those photos are adorable. Very worthy to include with the Christmas cards.

    I was told that it's a good idea to put double sided tape on a couple of fingers. The kids will look down at that and be so interested with fiddling with the tape, you'll get some good shots.

    Also, light up toys that spin were amazing wide eye smile makers for my kids.

    Then there was the promise of smarties. The small sugar candies. M&M's or Skittles didn't do it because the color and chocolate would leave behind residue.

  7. We have the same problem. Trying to get 4 kids to look and smile at the same time is pretty hard lol.


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