It’s that time of year again; time to drink mulled wine, watch Love Actually and stress over not having the time, money or photos to create the perfect Christmas card.
Ahhhhhh….yes! The holidays. How can I love them so much and yet they can be the source of so much stress? Don’t waste your time answering that question. It’s a stupid question.
I know EXACTLY why I love the holidays: I get 3 weeks off of work, I get to go home to the US of A and wander the aisles of Trader Joes and Target, and I get to spend money somewhat irresponsibly. The holidays are ah-mazing.
But, still, this Christmas card business is sorta stressful. Am I right?
Again, I blame Pinterest. But more specifically, these people. Or these. Or these. Or basically all of you insanely gorgeous people with amazing taste in clothes. Y’all suck! Just kidding…I am really just supremely jealous of your natural hotness, fashion sense and your kids’ ability to pose for pictures.
This year, I have taken somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,856 photos. From those, we have approximately 0 photos of the 4 of us – Brado, Beau, Finners and myself- together. I have plenty of just Beau.
Or just Finners.
Or Brado and the kids.
And even a handful of me with one of my three little monkeys.
But none of the 4 of us.
Actually, that is not true. We have one. But Finners is dressed as a Polar Bear, Beau is some weird blue cheetah thing, and Brado has a giant Spider-head. It doesn’t exactly scream Christmas card.
So two weekends ago I set my mind to getting some Christmas card appropriate photos of the whole family. DIY style. This was my first mistake. And there were 1,000 more to follow. Promise.
You know your Christmas card photography session is going to be a grade one disaster when:
- You are not a professional photographer. Or even close. For instance, the words f-stop, aperture and shutter speed still TOTALLY confuse you.
- Your photography “studio” is your dining room. There are remnants of last night’s dinner on the floor. It is cramped. It only has one electric socket and it is unfortunately placed smack dab in the middle of your only possible backdrop wall. And basically, there is no natural light. Go outside, you say? Yeah. Cause you know what makes a stunning backdrop? Toxic Pollution. Whomp, whomp.
- You have 2 kids that are as into posing for photos as they are into eating broccoli and sleeping in their own beds. In other words, they aren’t into it at all.
But I tried, dammit. I tried.
From start to finish it was pretty much an epic failure…at least in the getting-the-perfect-Christmas-card-photo category. And at first, I was super pissed about it. I was cursing. I was grimacing. I was feeling sorry for myself.
And then Brado brought me a latte and I remembered that Christmas card photos are not *real* problems. Not even close. With my new (less spoiled brat) perspective, I was able let go and just have fun.
And fun we had. We laughed. We joked. We played. We made some awesome memories.
And now I have some great (to me) photos to show for it. Here are some outtakes:
So yeah…Finners wasn’t wearing pants (or a shirt for half the time), I had on zero makeup, Beau’s hat looked like he had a pretty severe mullet and I am pretty sure Brado was still in his p.j.s.
But…we had fun. And our Christmas card couldn’t be a better representation of who we are right now; all disheveled, chaotic and so totally in love with one another.
Moral of the story: F*$# Christmas card perfection! Quirky is more fun.
Moral of the story: Hire a professional. Take a shower. And put some damn clothes on your children.
I’ll let you decide.
Anyway…happy holidays everybody! May they be warm and bright and filled with lots of quirky, memorable outtakes!