Why did I want a picture of me with my boys? Well, there's the obvious reason that I am their mother and it was Mother's Day. But as I was searching through more than two years worth of photos to find a few photos of me with Alec and Chase together to use as profile photos, I found about three. Three photos of me with my boys. From the past two years. I'm not great at math, but I'm pretty sure that works out to about one a year.
It's not that we don't have photos of the boys. I didn't count, but I'm pretty sure we're into the five digits of photos of the boys. And there are plenty of photos of the boys with Chad, the boys with grandparents, the boys with friends, the boys with the dog. But only three photos of the boys with their own mother.
Why were there only three photos of me with my boys? Well, mothers wear many hats, including but not limited to chef, nurse, maid, and now photographer. Since I'm always the one taking the pictures, I never seem to make it into many photos myself.
So after Chad learned that all I wanted for Mother's Day was for him to take a picture of me with the boys, I think he felt like he got off easy. At least he felt that way until picture time.
You see, since I've been the family photographer for four years now, I've learned a little bit about taking photos of kids. I've learned that it takes about 50 photos just to get one kind of good one. If I want a really good photo, I can count on at least 100 tries, a little bit of luck and lots of frustration.
So here is a glimpse into my Mother's Day picture:
Attempt #1: Let's try to get a shot of the three of us on the couch.
|Chase is looking at the camera like I'm squeezing the air out of him, and Alec is looking somewhere else.|
|Now Alec is begrudgingly looking at the camera but Chase is looking somewhere else.|
|Alec is already tired of having his picture taken and is now goofing off, and Chase is ready for his nap.|
|Now Chase is goofing of and Alec is once again not looking at the camera.|
|Well at least I'm still smiling.|
|Ok, I think we've all had enough of our first attempt.|
Attempt #2: Let's go outside this time.
|The boys actually look good...it's me who wasn't ready this time.|
|Ok, I'm ready now...but the boys are not.|
|I don't even know what's going on here.|
|More goofing off from the boys.|
|I'm pretty sure this was Chad's attempt at humor.|
|Let's try to get the boys to give me a kiss before calling it quits.|
And the Winners:
I honestly don't know what people did before digital cameras. I can't even imagine how many photos were thrown away and how much money was wasted on photos of mom's butt.
So next year when Mother's Day rolls around again and I tell Chad that I want another photo of me with the boys, he might think twice about feeling relieved. At least I can't complain about not having any pictures of me with my boys now!