What else can make you feel more alive as a mother than a professional shoot of family pictures? Or at the same time make you want to put to death several family members you gave birth too? Okay, so I am exaggerating a bit - (at least that's what I'll say in print) - but as ANY mother will attest to, family pictures are one of thee most stressful things in Momdom. For young moms they are right up there with a phone call from the principal, or finding out your mother in law is coming to stay for a week, or learning that the toddler just flushed dad's cell phone down the toilet. For us more seasoned moms, it should get easier, but trust me, it doesn't. When the kids get older you have less control on what they wear, if they will show up on time (OR at all!), trying to make everyone's schedule work with the photographers, how they fix their hair (or don't), and what color it will be that day.
For this shoot, the most stressful part was weather related. We actually found a day that we could get Skyler here from SLC and Bryce here from Orem. There just was NO other day. It was not one of those warm fuzzy moments when we heard it was predicted to rain ALL day!
The problem was we wanted a fall picture with fall leaves in it and it was supposed to snow the next week and the leaves would be long gone.
The day we choose was IT!
I was going to cancel because I really did not want to make both boys make the long drives "just in case" only to have them get here and have to turn back. BUT, Dave said to just go for it. He had faith we would be able to do it. So I went with his decision full steam ahead. And this was after it had rained all night and was still raining at 9 a.m. that day! But I had a feeling too that maybe we could pull this off. About 10:30 a.m. it stopped raining for about 20 minutes, but then started back up again. Then at noon it stopped again for a brief spell. The photographer called and said that even though we were scheduled to do it at 2 pm, to meet her there NOW! Luckily everyone had arrived, so we did. Once we got there we had exactly a 30 minute pocket of time when the rain totally let up! It was a miracle because the exact moment we were done, it started to rain, and then snow, and then BLIZZARD! Whew! What a relief! And I am not talking about the weather. I am talking about the fact that we got it done! It is a great feeling to know you have captured that time and history of your family.
As I have gotten older, I still get stressed out about the photos, but nothing like I used to. I used to have to make sure every little thing was perfect. Now I realize that in 10 years, just having the photo is what is perfect. It doesn't really matter how well we match or if someone has a huge zit (usually me!), or even if someone's eyes are closed. At least you have the record of that exact moment in time!
Okay, I am going to say it. I LOVE family pictures! Maybe tongue in cheek, but I said it!
Dave was taking these while we were waiting.
We took the boys out to eat after in the pouring rain!
After that McKay had a football tournament that he still had to play in even though it was a blizzard! We were so lucky to get those pictures!!!!!