I have this thing about pictures - though absolutely no talent personally. When I say "pictures," I mean snapshots, which is the extent of my capability. They always look better in my head than on my camera, but I love them anyway. As my bestie, Merry, says, "The best camera is the one you have with you." Thank you, Apple.
Snapshots aside, I really admire photo professionals. I admire their artistry and persistence and anticipation - especially when photographing people - most especially small people - who do not take direction or prisoners.
We recently engaged our friend, Stacy Vitallo, to take one year pictures of Faith and Naomi. Mind you, they passed the one year mark six months ago. But seeing as they started life on the miniature side, the decision was made to stretch the celebration documentation a bit. It seemed like such a great idea. And while the bright ideas were cropping up, why not take a picture of the three brothers along with their sisters? Indeed, why not...
Step one: Distract Faith long enough for Mama to hide. Otherwise we would have needed a video camera to capture Faith crawling at lightening speed to Mama to be held.
Step two: From her hiding place, Mama found some "pearl" necklaces to use as a photo prop. That met with some success!
Step three: Remove pearl from brothers when their turn comes to face the camera.
Step four: Arrange boys aesthetically for a pleasing picture.
Step five: Repeat step four.
Step six: Coax smiles - with varying degrees of success, and never all at the same time.
Step seven: Go for broke! Throw all five into the mix!
Step eight: Buy Stacy a beer. I think she earned it! Actually, there were some absolutely adorable pictures of each child. But sometimes it's all about the one that got away. It's certainly not a still life, but it is a real life! Thank you, Stacy!