The Quest for the Perfect Holiday Photo
My Very Own Personal Version of Awkward Family Photos
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of the holiday photo (and the long, newsy annual letter). I love the pictures, especially the ones with the whole family. They arrive in the mail from our friends and we post them on our fridge for the year. Computerguy and I have done a photo almost every year since we got married. The two years we didn’t were the years we were expecting (just sort of happened that way) and we ended up sending out baby announcements instead, so we did technically correspond with people that year. We are never ever on time and this year is our latest yet. We were going to go for Groundhog Day cards, but that’s out now, so maybe we’ll shoot for St. Patrick.
Anyway… with this in mind and a fancy new camera, this year I started pushing to take family photos at every possible opportunity with the idea that one of them would work out as the Perfect Holiday Photo and maybe it would be at an interesting place to boot. With a one-year-old and a three-year-old and a couple of somewhat geeky parents, we got more fodder for Awkward Family Photos than we did Perfect Holiday Photo, but we did finally get a good if not exotic picture. It was on a rainy day at a birthday party in a park.
I thought it would be fun to post the also-ran photos here. Some of them are okay and we could have made them work, but most are just a little, um, awkward.
“We’re in Minnesota. Let’s take a picture in front of this giant Spoon-with-Cherry Sculpture. With the kids on our shoulders.” I’m sure all those thoughts came out of my mouth in one sense or another.
East Park, the park I grew up going to whenever we visited my grandparents and that my dad and his siblings grew up going to all their lives. “We’ll let the kids stay in the swings. Won’t that be a fun photo?”
Peter Pan’s Pirate Ship! “Can we do a family photo?” And then the baby was hidden by the mast and the girl by the wheel and other people dared play on the ship in the middle of our photo shoot and so on.
Every year we try for a pumpkin patch photo. This year it was a little bit of a comedy of errors. Computerguy’s dad was using our camera but didn’t think it was working so took only one or two photos. My dad was taking photos, but not getting our attention, so we weren’t looking his way. And grandmas were working on getting kids smiling without paying attention to what camera was going. And so on.
This wasn’t a Perfect Holiday Photo attempt, but I think it was the first picture all year where all of us were smiling. I told my Vermont cousin that she and her boyfriend might well end up on our Holiday card.
One of my favorite pictures of CG and Bubble and me is Thanksgiving 2007, so I thought we could do another “traditional” Thanksgiving photo. “Let’s pose as if we are eating the fondue.” It’s a shame Bubble had a fever. She just looks a little “off.”