When I decided to send out Christmas cards this year, I knew I needed to get a perfect photo of the wee one to feature. I was (as always) entirely too eager to do a photoshoot with Eisley—especially since I had just bought the cutest headband for her from Emily Sparks. Also, I saw many people using the fabric-as-a-backdrop idea, so I decided to give it a whirl on this special occasion.
December 17, 2011
I waited until Eisley was happy as a clam (post-nap and post-lunch), and prepared everything for the photoshoot. Adorable headband? Check. Happy baby? Check. Polka-dot fabric in a lovely shade of blue? Check. Fully-charged camera? Check.
Of course, right off the bat Eisley was all, "What? You mean you didn't want me to urp all over this nice fabric you bought? No dice."
Don't be fooled by her innocent expression. She is guilty as charged.
Anyhow, I'm not sure about the rest of you, but it usually takes me over a dozen shots to get a "keeper". This time was no exception. It's especially difficult with an almost-four-month-old, because getting her attention and keeping her attention is fairly difficult. I had to keep screaming like a banshee in order to get her to make eye-contact, and then snapping the photo before she looked away or made a sour face was nearly impossible.
I wanted to share a few of the outtakes I captured before getting the perfect photo:
OMG WAY TOO HAPPY.
Too many chins.
Too "I ate an entire plate of special brownies and have been listening to Bob Marley for the past two hours".
Too…well, let's just say I'm legitimately terrified of my child in this photo.
As it turns out, I was able to get two absolutely perfect photos out of the couple-dozen I took. Although I regret not ironing the fabric before using it as a backdrop, I decided to not worry about it. After all, her sweet little face is really the only thing I notice when I look at these photos:
I'd say the photoshoot was a success! Of the two "keepers", I decided to use the smiley-photo of her in our Christmas cards, and they turned out perfectly. Even Jay couldn't stop grinning when he saw them, saying, "Oh, these are just great!" A genuine, unsolicited compliment from the husband? Mission accomplished.