December 17, 2011

on some holiday photo outtakes...

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.


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."

Christmas card photo outtakes!

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:

Christmas card photo outtakes!
Too skeptical.

Christmas card photo outtakes!
Too sad.

Christmas card photo outtakes!
OMG WAY TOO HAPPY.

Christmas card photo outtakes!
Too many chins.

sweetness.
Too emo.

Christmas card photo outtakes!
Too "I ate an entire plate of special brownies and have been listening to Bob Marley for the past two hours".

Christmas card photo outtakes!
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:

Smiley bug.
I love her Whoopi Goldberg eyebrows.

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.

26 comments :

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  2. I LOL at the caption - Too "I ate an entire plate of special brownies and have been listening to Bob Marley for the past two hours".

    Eisley's so cute in her red headband.

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  3. Oh my gooooshhh, outtakes are the best! I'm literally giggling out loud at these, your captions were the icing on the cake! The Bob Marley/brownies comment almost made me choke on my cereal- seriously hilarious.
    I could totally relate to all of your antics while snapping away, I know I look like such a FOOL while trying to take pictures of Moriah BUT I DON'T CAAARE :D
    You really did capture two of the sweetest pictures of E, so darling!

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  4. Try getting a decent picture of an 18-month-old. Ugh. Love your photo commentary :D

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  5. Ha Ha- Your too funny!
    The beautiful girl couldn't take a bad photo
    She's too precious!!!

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  6. OMG! Taking photos of children is so. much. fun. but it's also SO HARD! Whenever I see my niece and nephew, I take a gazillion pictures of them and it's exactly like you said, you have to take a bunch of photos to get a keeper. The outtakes, however, are mostly hilarious! Love all the pictures of Eisley.... <3 and you definitely got two VERY NICE shots for your Christmas cards!!!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I cannot stop laughing at your captions to these photos! She is too cute and the keepers are absolutely adorable.

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  8. Oh my goodness, I can't stop giggling over Eisley's "OMG WAY TOO HAPPY." photo!!! Hehehe!!!

    Y'all have such an ADORABLE baby!!!

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  9. Picture 3: "So then I said, those aren't baby wipes!"

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  10. Personally i like her OMG WAY TOO HAPPY look. ;) So cute...love these.

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  11. HOLY CRAP! The outtakes are awesome, and your captions had me giggling to myself. (I'm glad my husband wasn't around to witness that.)

    The picture you chose for your cards is perfect! So precious!

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  12. HA! I love the way too happy photo!
    There are definitely some funny pics!

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  13. They are ALL way TOO CUTE. The "keepers" are perfect, definitely goes to prove persistent momma can win some! Mission success indeed.

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  14. I think I need to bookmark this post so I can come back to it when I'm having a bad day and see Eisley's super giggly face. SO! CUTE! I love the captions, too. HA!

    You got SUCH a good one with the keeper. So, so cute.

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  15. So cute! I'm currently listening to Christina Aguilera singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and so the OMG WAY TOO HAPPY photo looked to me like Eisley was belting out a song. ; )

    Have a fun first Christmas with the little one!

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  16. Awww...the "too sad" photo is just adorable! This whole thing made me laugh though.

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  17. Super cute, Kerri! Eisley is precious, and I love Jay's reaction. :)

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  18. Your captions just made my day. Amen. :)

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  19. She has such personality! Love all of them and your colorful commentary. :)

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  20. Awww, I love. And your captions are hilarious. :-)

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  21. oh goodness. so much cute. i can barely handle it.

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  22. I LOLed ridiculously at this. You totally should have used the OMG WAY TOO HAPPY one. :)

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  23. This post had me literally laughing out loud! Thank you for sharing the photos and experience!

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  24. I love the outtakes, hilarious!! And what a sweet baby :)

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  25. AHHHH! i am SO in love with your child. like, i want to nom her little face right off. [don't tell her. she might cry.]

    merry christmas, sweet friend! XO

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  26. OMG. This is the first time I've read this post. I cannot stop laughing. jay-zis, this is comical.

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