It's the most wonderful time of the year...family photo time! The experience that can either be rewarding or a weird way to torture those you love the most. After I told one of my relatives I'd found the perfect solution for us this year- take a picture of JUST the kids- she commented that she was always disappointed to receive a photo of just the children vs. the entire family. I guess she should prepare herself to be disappointed with me (sorry, Mary...maybe next year). I do love family photos best and I love having them, even if just for my own frames and scrapbooks, but some years it's not feasible/reasonable/worth the trouble. Last year we all got dressed for the picture, went to a scenic spot, had a friend leave their warm house and come outside in the cold to photograph us, and it took about an hour. That's a reasonable time for a photo shoot, but it's a lot to ask of a 2- year old, baby, and husband...not to mention of the friend who has graciously offered to take your picture for free. And after an hour our smiles looked less than genuine. The year before that, when we were just a family of three, we had a friend take a picture of us at a Fall party and it took five minutes to get a great shot, and my husband hadn't even showered that day. (Plus, I looked pretty good, which all women have to admit is the standard for a good family photo...)
So this year I made an executive decision while my husband was at work. I gave the kids an early bath and dressed them in coordinating pjs and spent about 7 minutes photographing them on our bed. The pictures turned out great, everyone was genuinely happy, and post-partum mom didn't have to deal with organizing a family picture OR being in one. :) So maybe I had some ulterior motives.
Would you rather send no picture than just a picture of the kids? Do you take a "Christmas picture" every year or just use a good shot you got earlier in the year (which only works if you aren't having babies at lightening speed...)?
Here's one that didn't turn out: