Monday, December 20, 2010

The challenge of getting good Christmas pictures of the boys

Gratuitous Christmas picture time!

I so love them. I mean, I know I'm utterly biased, but aren't they adorable?

I took a billion photographs of the two of them in various matching or coordinating outfits, trying to get a good picture to use for a Christmas card. I have learned, in doing so, that it is exponentially harder to get a good picture of two small boys than it is to get a good picture of one small boy.

You see, if Andrew is looking at the camera and smiling, then William is grimacing in that time-honored scruched-face smile that all four-year-olds seem to do. Conversely, if William is smiling naturally and looking charming, then Andrew has his hand in his mouth. Or he's trying to crawl away. Or both.

It's like a Christmas miracle when I get a shot like the one I just posted. It's like getting your story on A1 of the newspaper or winning the door prize at a party. Woot! It makes me very happy.

And believe it or not, I actually got several good photos of the two boys to choose from. Here's another one:

And one more:

If only this one had been better centered:

But anyway, there you go. William's doing a little bit of the fake smile there, but overall, I think they're pretty acceptable.


Anonymous said...

They are all cute pictures, but the first one is the best! They ARE adorable boys!

Anonymous said...

I think they're all darling pictures!


JenFen said...

All cute but the first and third are my favorites. I remember all to well how hard it was to get pictures when mine were younger. Now posing and smiling is no longer a issue but getting genuine smiles is not always easy.