Who here gets really worked up or stressed out when planning for pictures? I'm raising my hand. Yes, I get stressed out planning and even thinking about family pictures. I fall into the pit of everyone needs to be in the “perfect” outfit, with “perfect” hair, a “perfect smile” and the location needs to be “perfect”. As you can see I have a problem, a big problem. Nothing is perfect. I say that, teach it to my children, and generally accept it until it comes to certain things like pictures (decorating, meal planning but that's another day!).
The kids outfits came together perfectly, thank you Gymboree! Now, if only there was a website for adults with cute coordinating clothing (maybe a business venture we should look into!) My husband was easy too. For men, if you need a brown shirt you can go to any store and find tons. Seriously guys, so unfair! Myself is a different story. I had an idea in my head what I wanted, and after searching all the clothing stores in the area I was about to give up, call Liz and tell her only the kids and hubby would be taking pictures! I did find something, not exactly what I wanted, not perfect, but close and better than nothing. I continued to search for a top that only exists in my mind up until the last minute, with no luck.
The location was nice but 45 degrees isn't the most ideal temperature. I'm thinking why did the weather change so fast? Doesn't God know I'm trying to take pictures outside? You see how ridiculous this all sounds when you play it back? We got up, got ready, everyone looking their best and braved the brisk cold weather with smiles on our faces. As I was fussing over hair, bows, shirt collars, and scarf placement my children were having a great time. They shouted “LEAVES” and proceeded to stomp around, throw them and have a blast. I was about to yell “excuse me?!? come back here, you are messing up your hair!” when I asked myself this. Why am I so hot and bothered about being perfect? Relax breathe and enjoy the sound of laughing, beautiful scenery, and abundance of leaves. The kids don't care one minute about whether or not anything is “just so” and that is freeing. I'm thankful for my children, they teach me to step back and enjoy the moment I'm in and not stress so much. I am truly blessed and that doesn't change if someone's hair is messy, collar is turned, or its cold outside. Nobody is perfect. Time to engrave that into my brain and practice what I preach 😉
*Here is a link to our photographers' facebook page, she is a good friend, very talented, and she can handle crazy moms like me! Lovely Moments Photography (By Liz Morris)
*I've only seen a few previews but they all look just perfect 🙂