My Little Dear!) and she was distracted enough while standing up on the dining room chairs to not take it off right away. Victory is mine! Well, mostly. I have some fake berries in a few lotus bowls on the table and she is legitimately obsessed with those things. When all else fails throughout the day, I'll just let her stand there and scatter them throughout the general area. Clearly, I have learned to pick my battles.
I ended up getting a handful of fantastic photos, which wasn't too shabby for a spur of the moment afternoon photo shoot. I'm not posting the best ones (the ones in which she is actually smiling and making eye contact—I swear, they exist!), but I thought I'd show a couple of my favorite serious-toddler shots.
Can I just mention how much I adore her profile? And those tiny ringlets behind her ears? I die.
I was secretly hoping to have a nice handful of out-takes (like last year's shenanigans) but this year I didn't get any truly ridiculous expressions from her. The only thing I must admit is that in order to get her to bust out a genuine grin for the camera is to say "Jesus" very loudly and very awkwardly. It's borderline sacrilege, but desperate times (getting a good photo for Christmas cards) call for desperate measures (making my neighbors think I am clinically insane). I'm not sure why she finds it entertaining, but it's my no-fail technique.
"JAY-ZIS!" = Pure, unadulterated glee from my child. Duly noted. Except this may not be something I should try in church...