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The evolution of a family picture

Knox’s preschool teacher requested a family picture for him to use in a class activity. I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that we don’t have one. Seven months after the birth of our second son, we have yet to take a “good” family picture. You know, where we’re all put together, looking in the same direction and at least appearing to be in good spirits. So, I told Trevor that this weekend, we HAD to take one. We went to Trevor’s parents’ house to watch the Carolina football game on Saturday, so we gave his mom the task of capturing that elusive picture on my iPhone. As you will see, the perfect picture remains elusive. Because it did not happen in this photo session!! Most of the pictures include a little blue-eyed blur named Knox, who is in perpetual motion every second of the day. If you take out a “real” camera, he’ll pose like crazy, but he has yet to understand that a phone can be a camera, too. So, that was strike one against us. Strike two was trying to make him hold still and smile at the same time. Strike three has a name, and it’s Trevor. As you’ll see, my dear husband decided that it would be great fun to make faces during every. single. picture. for the first 20 frames or so. Here are some of the more entertaining selections from our photo session:





This is my favorite. I may frame it because it is so “us.” AKA a hot mess.






In the end, with not a single good picture in the batch, I did what any desperate mother in my position would do: I photoshopped one.

Even the doctored one is blurry, but you know what? For now, that’s as good as it’s going to get!!

Note to self: schedule a professional family photo shoot before the Brody has to take a family picture to school.

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  • Reply Mark

    It is really hard getting a perfect family picture. Though the photo shoot was not done by professional photographer, your photo sessions are so worth it.. Such a great family photo! You have a great looking family.

    September 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Haha, glad to know I’m not the only one. My little boy, Maddox was supposed to take some family pictures to preschool today and I realized I had NONE! But seriously, taking a “good” picture with 2 little ones is almost impossible. And to think I will soon have a 3rd little one. I guess we’re destined to never have a family picture!

    September 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Kelli G

    Too funny my friend! We are totally in the same spot. I get so frustrated with it all that I just settle for everyone kind of looking at the camera. My thought is that it’ll just be a great reminder of the chaos!

    September 24, 2012 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply Jessica

      That’s a good way to look at it!

      September 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    This post cracked me up! I feel your pain. Brady is alway running around like crazy too. I love getting professional ones done, but it is so stressful because you spend so much money in hopes that your child will behave you will go home with a few good shots!

    September 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply LauraS

    Haha, that’s what little boys are good for right?! Running around like crazy! Even if it wasn’t the perfectly posed family pic, you’ll still cherish it :-)

    September 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply erica

    That’s hilarious and something ALL of us mothers can sympathize with! Usually I’m either shaking a finger or yelling or handing out gum to get children to sit still. Enjoy the funny photos, because they’ll be all too serious soon and won’t crack a smile unless there’s a $100 bill waving in front of their face, aka “teenagers.”

    September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Mandy

    I love the pictures! Especially the one were Brody is smiling! :) You have such a cute family!

    September 25, 2012 at 11:31 am
    • Reply Jessica

      Thanks, Mandy! I think so, too, but I’m not very impartial!

      September 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

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