We take lots and lots of photos of the kids, which is probably pretty obvious to anybody who follows this blog. We take more now than we used to simply because we have a better camera now with a bigger memory stick. However, last week we were asked to send photos to my FIL of the kids. I was really excited because 1) they asked, 2) they have never asked before, 3) we have tons of photos, and a few of the recent ones of Zane are pretty good. I knew that I could probably get a better one if I was on a mission to, just by sheer volume of shooting.
Then, the stressful news: they want one from about 18 months old. Ok. There isn’t a single picture of Zane at 18mo that doesn’t have him naked or covered in goo or a runny nose. So, then they said 18months – 24months. That is better. Not as stressful.
They want it to put in his office at work. He works as an accountant/financial planner in a very upscale area, so that means we should probably leave out any pictures where he looks dirty or has a crappy background (like most of the pictures in our apartment). So, outdoor pictures for the most part.
Then they say, offhand, they want one that is a little more posed; one with him looking at the camera, and a second picture where he is sort of “doing his own thing” or more casual. Ugh. Looking at the camera. The only pictures where he is looking at the camera are indoors, where he is covered in some sort of marker/food/dirt and our camera was really bad at indoor photos so the flash does really goofy things. The more presentable pictures do not have him looking in the camera.
I know that they didn’t, in any way, mean to cause me stress, but do you have any idea how depressing it is to look through thousands of pictures covering a 6 month time period to realize that you don’t have any that is “clean face”, “just Zane” (no parents or other people) and “looking at the camera”. It sucked. It should have been fun, because usually when I look at the old pictures of Zane it brings me joy remembering him then. I know that strangers aren’t likely to be able to see through the kid grime and huge cloth diaper butt (and it was monumentally huge) and see the beautiful soul in there.
I can say with some certainty that all of his cousins have professional pictures of them because all of them are pretty well off compared to us, which just took me back to how much that time sucked financially.
So, if you had to decide, which two pictures would you choose?
a few indoor ones
The outdoor ones
I am leaning towards picking two of the overalls pictures, but not sure which two.
Zora, obviously, isn’t as hard. Between the fact we had a nice backyard and not slum housing in the background, the camera was better and she is much easier to photograph. Hers it will be more a matter of narrowing it down.