how the picture taking goes

November 21, 2013

things we saythings we saythings we saythings we saythings we saythings we saythings we sayPictures with kids are hard. You never know if they’re going to be in the mood for it or not. Mine are all wiggly, especially that little baby of ours. She’s been such a ball of sass lately. I’ve learned to just roll with the punches (mostly) and can just go with whatever it is they give me. Moms must stay flexible, right?! I’m particularly thankful that SLR digital cameras can do continuous shooting, so you’re bound to get a good one for sure. At least, you hope.

Usually, if I have the big 3 ready for the camera, the baby isn’t. And if I have the baby and the big 2 ready, Soul isn’t. True and Brave are pretty good, as long as I’m behind the camera (or Ben). If it’s someone else, like for the Misha Lulu shoots, you will definitely get the serious look. My usual trick to get everyone faced forward and smiling is to have everyone jump. All the girls love jumping! It puts instant smiles on their faces (if you look back at our pictures, you’ll see we jump a lot!). As for me in pictures, I pretty much just have one face… a smiling one. That’s all I know to do. If I try and pretend to pull off the serious look, I just look pissed off, so I’ll stick to smiling.

How about you? Do you have a hard time getting your kids together for a picture? I know it’s Christmas card season, so I’m sure most of us are trying to round our troops up to get the perfect picture to send out. Have you picked out a picture yet?

By the way, this particular day was glorious because we actually got to wear a sweater out (well, most of us did). We went from low 90’s on Wednesday to a 20 degree drop on Sunday, and suddenly fall is back. Just like that. Oh SoCal fall, you are so temperamental. How about we just stick to sweater weather? We’re all kind of feeling that right now.

on me: shirt, everlane.Β rockstar skinny jeans, c/o old navy. cardigan coat, c/o old navy (I have been searching for a cocoon style sweater, so I was so happy that old navy had this one.) on true: sweater dress, old navy. clogs, lotta from stockholm.Β on brave: shirt, mightee kids. skirt, misha lulu. rugby cardigan, c/o old navy. shoes, c/o old navy. on soul: shirt and dress, vintage. shoes, hand me downs. double breasted cardigan, c/o old navy. on glow: chambray shirtdress, c/o old navy. tights, hand me downs. shoes, freshly picked.

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12 comments on “how the picture taking goes”

  • Mandi Holmes says:

    That sassy one! Oh man!

  • nikki says:

    such a lovely little fam!

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  • arman says:

    I know.. it’s so hard to take a family picture with little ones. We only have 2 kids and have been frustrated every time we want to take a family picture, I could not imagine how you always manage to have nice family pictures with 4 kids. πŸ˜€

    Anyway, for our Christmas card this year, since we don’t have much time to do the family picture, we decided to take picture of individual person with different color background. It was way much easier to take pictures of the kids when they are alone. πŸ˜› And then we made a collage of our pictures to be printed as a Christmas card. So the theme is a colorful Christmas. πŸ™‚ Basically the idea is like the opening scene of Brady Bunch series if you still remember. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica G. says:

    I always think your pictures look adorable. And I think I need to take a hint from you and jump more in pictures with my kids. Maybe it will help with their wiggling too. I too am a smiler and never take “serious” pictures. Once a photographer tried with me and then said “You are right, keep smiling”. So I do.

  • Char says:

    “I Like Mischief!” Haha, SO CUTE. Your girls are getting so big!

  • Janis says:

    Love the ankle boots! Where from?

  • holly says:

    Those jeans look great on you! I am tempted to order some now. Love the sassy girl. So cute . Haha!

    • Rubyellen says:

      Order your size and don’t size up like the reviews suggest. It’s a snug fit at first, but then you never get that baggy loose fit later. It gets comfier as you wear them.

  • Trish says:

    This is just adorable. Super cute.

  • natalie says:

    the cutest! even the sassiness πŸ™‚

  • misha lulu says:

    you are so stylish girl!!!!!!
    Glow is looking so big now!


  • Bipasha says:

    You have four girls?! And such cute ones at that! Wow, you must be having fun πŸ™‚ I grew up with two sisters, and girl, were we tight! Especially now when we are all grown up, the four of us (mom included in the gang) are the best of buddies πŸ˜€

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