As you all know, I am the worst at lining up family pictures. We've done it once. Three years ago.
And here it is the middle of October and yet again, I didn't get around to or even think of scheduling family pictures.
(Maybe every 4th year is the ticket?)
Recently I helped a friend take some impromptu newborn photos. She literally texted me one day and said, "You have an expensive camera, can you take some pictures?" I said yes, and then quickly tried to learn all there was to learn about our camera in the course of two hours.
Long story short, I took the photos, Jared did some hefty editing to make up for my lack of eye/knowledge-of-anything-camera-related and they turned out much better than I ever expected.
So I've been suggesting we take a few of our kids. And by "we" I mean Jared.
There was beautiful weather out one evening, so we fancied up the kids and took them to a local walk park with lots of trees and fields in the background.
They were pretty decent sports for about 30 seconds.
Because while we had accounted for the sunset and their clothes and all that, we didn't really think of bugs, specifically mosquitoes. And they were out in full force.
In almost every photo, one child or another is swatting one or scratching somewhere. We were able to get one or two acceptable ones, but we will definitely need to retry another time.
And the biggest mistake on our part was that school photos were the next day. And the poor things already had bites on their cheeks and foreheads showing up that night. So I had the pleasure of shelling out an extra $6 a piece for "touch-ups" so their school pictures wouldn't showcase the massive welts on their faces.