My daughter is now at the age that she actually anticipates seeing the holiday cards that flood our mailbox this time of year. She looks for pictures of her friends, cousins, and Santa Claus, but clearly has no idea what goes into producing these cards. We parents certainly do, and it’s not always an easy process, like it used to be B.C.; before children.
The expectant parents smiling for the self timer in December 2006
It seemed easier for my parents. I apparently willingly posed for this picture when i was 4.
Kara also appeared pretty agreeable at the same age.
Last year’s Christmas card shoot was frustrating, as I pointed out in my blog, posted below. My son was 15 months old then, and had no interest in sitting still for a picture. We had some unexpected occurences that delayed things, and before we knew it, mid-December was upon us. Kara and I decided 2011 would be different, and we would take a nice family picture at the end of the summer.
Kara’s stepmother is a professional photographer in Rhode Island (Soozie Sundlun of www.egphoto.com) and has taken some spectacular shots of our children over the course of their lives. As you know, Kara’s dad died this summer, so plans for a family portrait on the beach were put on the back burner.
Getting to Rhody this fall for a shoot was difficult, with work commitments, weddings that Soozie was photographing, events, etc, and our efforts to have someone less qualified than Soozie to snap a family pic were futile. One child was looking the other way, or it was blurry, or heads were cut off. Suddenly it was December again.
A visit to Santa proved amusing, but I’m not sure this picture would have been a good Christmas card.
Finally, help came in the form of the official Channel 3 photographer, Brian Ambrose of Glastonbury, (www.brianambrosephoto.com) who snapped the picture of me at the top of this blog and all of the publicity images of the Channel 3 team. Just a few weeks ago, Brian shot some amazing shots of Kara, the kids and me, and got us the cards last week, just in time.
Now, time to start thinking about 2012…
The talented Brian Ambrose trying to take a picture of the kids. Sometimes photographing animals at the zoo is easier.