I’ve really needed updated photos of my kids for my mantle since, well, I think the last time I had pictures taken was 2 years ago. I’ve got lots of snapshots of course, but I needed portraits. The thought of making an appointment, getting everyone clean and dressed and somewhere on time has been giving me hives.
I have big windows and lots of natural light in our family room, so yesterday I hung a big brown sheet at one end of the room and snapped away. Most of the pictures I took turned out like this:
Out of focus, fake smiles, silly faces, or Ian in the Buzz Lightyear costume he found in the dress-up bin about a month ago and hasn’t taken off since (I had to bribe him with chocolate chips). Click here to see the out takes bigger, if you’d really like.
But the beauty of digital photography is that I could take LOTS of pictures. I decided to go with black and white pictures so it didn’t matter what color the background or clothes were. A few clicks in iPhoto, the Costco photo printing center, and $8 later, I’ve got these lined up on my mantle:
Not bad for a day’s work.