I dream of getting a good photo of all of my grandchildren together. Is it too much to ask? How do the professionals do it? I try every trick I know. I first get the older ones assembled. Then at the last minute we bring in the wiggle worms. This time I am missing one of the grandkids (he was with his mom), but here is how it went…
Not too bad for first try. At least Reagan (the youngest) is looking at the camera. Now if we can just wake Dakota up, get James and Austin to sit still, and talk Allen into looking forward.
Utoh. Reagan is on the move. Great smile Austin, even Anna thinks so. Pssst Anna… look at the camera. James, quit eating.
Austin! Quit that! You’re face will freeze like that. James sit still! Who gave Reagan a piece of paper? Great smile Cara and Travis. Dakota you are sitting so nice.
The camera Travis, the camera… Emily will take care of Reagan. Oh dear, Reagan is not happy… anybody else want to try holding her. James! Sit still I say! Cara, Allen can watch himself, thank you very much. Dakota, hun, you are still sitting nice but a smile would help….
Oh my. Things are getting totally out of control. Did you find what you are looking for Dakota. Yes, Emily, I can see she is a handful. Travis, you aren’t helping matters at all. James! Sit still! You are being so patient Anna, Austin, Allen and Cara. Keep those smiles coming.
Ok Travis. Let’s see if you can handle Reagan. Jamesie… please hun. Sit still! Who gave that child candy? Allen? You have candy too? Please look at the camera everyone!
Did we lose you Austin? James! Sit still!!! Allen… Allen!
I know you’ve had enough James. But if you would just sit still and look at me one time, we would be done. Allen? Allen!
Ok, I got Allen back. Cara? You poor thing. You’ve been sitting so nice and sweet. And look at Dakota, Anna and Emily. Picture after picture they are is sitting perfectly.
Ah, we got Cara back. Never have had James, yet. James!!!!!
I love that tootless grin, Anna. Austin’s not too sure about it, though. JAMES!!!!! I cannot believe how perfect you’ve been sitting Dakota. Travis keep doing what you are doing with Reagan. It seems to be working.
What happened? What’s so funny? I agree with Dakota… his hands say it all. JAMES!
HELLOOOOOO! The camera is this way… JAMES! We told you no more candy!
Oh dear. We got James… are those JuJu Bears sticking to your teeth dear? Austin? where did you get candy now?
Wake up, Dakota. We’re almost done. Allen and James, pay attention. Austin, pop that in your mouth and look this way.
JAMES WILLIAM!!!! Austin… what kind of look is that? Yes, I see you have chocolate on your hand. You are being so good Dakota and Anna. Allen, look up hun. Keep up the good job with Reagan, Travis. Emily and Cara are doing the side ways glance look.
I’ll bet you thought I’d end this post with one frame worthy photo. Wrong… Next year I’m going to hire a professional. I swear I will….I hope everyone had a nice Easter. I’m going to go pitch my camera now (surely it is the camera’s fault I didn’t get a single good picture). Will be back later.