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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Big girls don't cry

But little girls do. Having three of my own, I know this fact all too well. I know what it's like to get all worked-up and dressed-up for picture day, only to have your child (or children) want no part of it. They can't understand why you would subject them to such an ordeal, and who is that lady with the camera anyway? The thing is, I think some of the "unhappy" pictures are some of the most precious. I remember reading a photography book and seeing a big picture of a little girl in her Sunday best, crying buckets of tears. The caption said that this was the only picture the photographer got of her. It made me realize that even really seasoned professional photographers can't always get kids to smile! But that's o.k! And here are some pictures to prove it.

This adorable not-quite-two-year-old was upset from the get-go because of her boots. The super-cute on-sale boots that her mother had been eyeing for this very purpose. But they were too big and too new, and she was having none of it.

This one would be great for the family Christmas card, don't you think? Notice the boots jettisoned in the left-hand corner.

This last one is actually one of my personal favorites from the session. You can just feel the love the little girl has for her Mommy.


Nathan & Michelle Watabe said...

This gave me a good chuckle! What a little skunk she was that day! But you're right, it's probably better to capture the reality of life! I've gotten such a positive response from people about the pictures. I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Hilary said...

hey, i don't know how to respond back to your comment, so i am responding on this picture...nice picture too! Next Sunday won't work, but we should get together soon for dinner. Did you guys move already? What's your new address? Have a great week!

charrette said...

i love every one of these crybaby photos. They're wonderful! (I would have NO PROBLEM putting one of these on a Christmas card!) :)