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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Take 1 . . .

After scheduling, rescheduling, and re-rescheduling, today was to be Christmas card picture day. The morning skies were sunny and beautiful blue, and the temperature relatively warm with just a bit of chill. Somehow my aspiration of getting two teenagers up, showered, and all the other miscellaneous tasks involved in getting a teen "suitable" for pictures, I found myself faced with the reality that we'd be lucky to be out by noon. If I've learned anything about photography this year, it is to avoid mid-day sunlight because it is so harsh. No big deal, I re-negotiated with Thing1 and Thing2 to do the pictures towards evening so we could capture the evening sunset light. Mother nature had other plans and those gorgeous blue skies turned gray and suddenly it started getting darker by the minute. My frustration boiled over and I grumbled, and growled and blamed everyone for dragging their feet, being too difficult to schedule, impossible- - - everyone but mother nature. I may not remember a lot of things from my childhood, but I do remember that 1) it takes 3 licks to get to the center of a tootsie pop; and 2) never mess with mother nature. Accepting this would be a practice run, I had to giggle along with the kids. I would love to show some of the out-takes, but these kids have too many legal connections and my terms of use are rather restricted. (haha!) At any rate, here are a few from take 1:


  1. You got some really nice shots! I've had the same problems here, the cloud cover has been worse in the late afternoons and evenings.

  2. We've been dealing with cloudy days too!
    I'm also so not ready for teenagers!! But yours look like sweeties!! I'm only three years away from entering that stage!

  3. These are wonderful! I think the trees in the background form the perfect backdrop for them. The colors in the background look really nice with their clothes. You have a beautiful daughter and handsome son!

  4. My fave is #2 - so hard these days to catch some sunny rays to take some photos!

  5. How does he do that with his hair? ;)

  6. Sharon - I don't know, but I wish he would trim the bangs !!