I know I said that I was going to take the rest of the week off, but I couldn’t help sharing a few of these outtakes from our family Christmas photo for those of you who are stuck back at work today.
If you think that my family is so amazingly perfect that adorable pictures like this happen effortlessly, think again:
If it were only us and Jack things might actually be easy, but pets are people too, or so they think.
I wasn’t totally committed to including the pets, but once they forced their way in I felt obligated to honor their wishes. So I took the one picture that came out well with Pistachio in it and fused it with another picture where the rest of us looked decent using this technique.
Later, after Jack was down for a nap, I coaxed Sheila into sitting on the stairs while Nick snapped a photo so that I could fuse her in as well (I just left my tripod sitting in the same spot so that I could be sure everything lined up). That explains why, as some of my lovely friends commented, she looks like a creepy stalker sitting behind us on the stairs. I’d wanted her to sit a little further down and to the right but she wasn’t having it. I’m crouching down in the photo below so as not to block the camera.
I’ve learned over the years to just relax and have fun with this sort of thing. Pets and kids are amazing at reading moods and if I’m stressed they absolutely will not cooperate and besides, it’s not like I can really expect to get a perfect photo with a tripod and self-timer anyway. I just do the best I can and whatever happens, happens.
I hope you each had a wonderful holiday and that a relaxing weekend awaits! See you back here Monday!