Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Picture Day

We didn't do Christmas pictures this year. The holidays just snuck up on us and we ran out of time. We decided we would rather wait until after the season than be rushed through like cattle. I was really glad we did. We had the whole studio to ourselves. It was great. We may do it like this every year. Or maybe we will be a little more on the ball next year and get it done earlier.
This was the time I was either going to fall back in love with Sears portrait studio or we were going to start going somewhere else. We had a couple of bad sessions at the portrait studio where we used to live. You can't just look at a one year old and tell them to smile. They won't. It's a fact. I know this because our photographer tried repeatedly. Anyway I fell back in love. Our photographer did such a nice job. So here they are.We cropped out his foot in the ones we printed but couldn't do that on the website.I love this picture of Anna. I was wondering when we got there how she would do. She is usually a little clingy in unfamilar situations. She did wonderful. It took her a few minutes to warm up to the photographer. Anna didn't want Tara (the photographer) to touch her. It was actually pretty funny.I love this picture of them.

And finally, as she was posing us for this shot I was thinking I would love it. That is would probably be the one we ordered. It is playful and fun. I love that Anna is sitting on my back. I thought it would be great. But unfortunately I guess I am not as playful and fun as I thought. I like everything about the picture except me. I look like I am straining to hold my head up. And I couldn't figure out what to do with my hands. What do you think?
If you are unfortunate enough to be related to me, you can expect to have your very own copy of these picture soon. Because I feel everyone wants a copy of my family on their walls. I got life size wall hangings of each picture for everyone. I figured that is what you would want. I am giving a little heads up so you clean off your walls to make room. I am considerate like that.

11 comments:

Gina said...

These are great! You all look so nice :) Your hair looks darker, is it? It looks very pretty. The one of the kids is too cute. I had the same problem with Sears, I loved them when Sophia had her Easter pictures taken last year and then we went for her 1 year old pics in the Summer and I was not happy with them; the photographer we had had the first time left so we had a different one who was just not good. Phee Phee could walk then so she just kept laughing and running away too, which probably didn't help much, but it was fun nonetheless :)

Gina said...

I forgot to write that I like the bottom one! You don't look like you can't hold your head up, you look like your having fun too! It's a cute family fun pose :) I like the first one alot though also, hard choice! :)

2nd CM said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. I love them and the kids are precious. You do look a little like you are carrying the weight (literally) of the family on you on the last picture. ...... "take the picture so everyone can get off of me , please!" But it's still a really good picture. Our family picture didn't go so well in January (yuh know ... those Olan Mills church directory ones?) After an hour wait ..... 8 of us remember .... I had no idea that Nathaniel was botching every picture and the two older brothers were trying to out do each other the entire session by standing on their tip toes so they would look taller than the other .... and their expressions look like it. When I saw the proofs I understood why the photographer didn't press us to take a variety of additional shots but ushered us out as quickly as possible. : )

Peyton, Gina, and Sophia said...

Peyton says hi!

Ellyn said...

Hi Peyton!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Those are great...I think the last one of the four of you might be my absolutely favorite...I don't know...it would be hard to decide!

Ellyn said...

Gina-My hair is actually lighter than it used to be. I colored it not long ago. The pictures on the website are darker than the printed versions.

dlyn said...

Well I can't wait to get mine!

Gina said...

I kinda thought that they might just appear darker than the actual prints but I thought I'd ask, well lighter or darker your hair looks really pretty! I love your sweater too!

JCK said...

Fun pictures, Ellyn! I wouldn't have noticed the "straining, keeping your neck up." I would go with this one. I think it is a fun picture!

Weezee said...

I love them all and I think the last is a hoot! At least get one for you guys if you don't go with that one.
I love the one of the kids Mark looks like such a little man! and Anna is just adorable.
Oh man they are cute. We have got to come visit soon. Is the pass open yet?