Friday, December 12, 2008

Off the Cutting Floor

I thought I would give you a behind the scenes peak into our attempts at a family Christmas photo. Here we are just starting out. Daniel is fiddling with the camera, trying to get it properly focused and ready to snap a picture in "delay and dash" mode. Caleb is at his most subdued. We were waiting for Nathan to wake up from his nap. In the meantime, the rest of us were getting increasingly tired and hungry for lunch. This was mistake number one.

Here is an early attempt. The focus is off and Nathan is only half-awake, but Caleb is still smiling. Maybe we should have quit while we were ahead.

Hmm, all four facing the camera and three out of the four smiling...not too bad. Unfortunately, the angle makes me tower over Daniel. Why didn't we figure this out before the boys started losing it?

Angle's better, but now I'm completely losing it. Did you catch the gritted teeth?

Here is the picture we finally decided would have to do. (At some point you lower your standard.) A little photo editing goes a long way!

Merry Christmas from All of Us!


  1. Heather, you look beautiful and that last picture is great. It might have been a hard process but all you need is one good one and it looks like you got it.

  2. Hey guys,
    Great literature :) It makes for real good reading! While we can't fully sympathise with 2 kids there, we obviously somewhat understand the finer details that life there dictates. Hahaha. Keep up the posts, they bring our life there back so clearly. It just seems like yesterday we were there. We do miss it more days than we don't.
    I have enrolled in a Masters course (exterally) that I will start next month (part time). We are excited about the future again. We will email you more detail in the near future. We do miss you guys.
    Merry Christmas and love from the Elson's

  3. I think you picked a good one! Sorry to hear you had to go through all of that, but glad you all came through it with at least a slight bit of sanity left. ;)

  4. Oh how I remember that gritted teeth smile. I'm pretty sure I saw it every time we were up to something and had managed to drag you along/photograph you.

    I think your picture turned out beautifully, although I appreciate it more knowing what it took to get it.

    P.S. That kid looks exactly like you! (The big one, that is.)

  5. Thanks everyone for the encouragement regarding the family photo. What did we do before the advent of the digital darkroom--it's so easy now to make little improvements. And yes, Caleb does look like me. What's even scarier is that he acts like me too. Daniel says Caleb is just the unedited version. It's both enlightening and alarming.