Why is it so hard to get a Christmas picture? Maybe I should say – why is it so hard for ME to get a Christmas picture?
Every year we get cards from other grandparents with all of their precious grandchildren lined up, all smiling, either dressed in lovely soft colors on a beach, or in colorful ski outfits on a slope or just relaxing surrounded by cute pets; clean, hair brushed and shining, cheerful, happy; ALL SMILING and LOOKING at the camera!
We had what we thought was a wonderful opportunity this past weekend when all five came to spend the night with us. The sun was shining brightly through newly washed windows, they all had on pajamas, were stuffed with pancakes and no one was fussing or crying. We’d decorated cookies, colored, read books and watched movies. A very special time!
We lined them up on the old settle and proceeded to take a ton of pictures. I followed my own advice – first do silly faces, then do sad faces, and then do sweet faces. Oh right! Even tried doing silly faces myself at them – that didn’t work either. Got the bright idea to ask them funny questions – which got all five hysterically jumping all around and raising their hands. We were desperate enough to try or promise ANYTHING to get them all to focus on giving us a photo for our Christmas card. For heaven’s sake, I followed the steps for “getting the Christmas picture” that I wrote in our e-zine Pages. Why weren’t those suggestions working??? I sure am hoping that at least one of those 26 tips worked for you!!
It didn’t help that my little Olympus was back at the fix-it place for the 3rd time. Not sure what they didn’t understand about “the off-on button doesn’t work” but hoping that the 3rd time will be the charm for getting it fixed. At any rate, I was using our son’s really nice Nikon.
It should have been a snap. We couldn’t wait to check them out in Historian. Well, out of all those photos all but three were out of focus. (Not Historian’s fault – I had the Nikon set incorrectly!) (Tip for next year – use a camera that you are used to using!!) Our 8 year old thought it was funny to keep crossing his eyes – a little hard to fix but Historian let me do it fairly quickly using the Clone Tool. The glare on the glasses of our oldest granddaughter was a little harder to manage but using Artisan made it fun and easy. I just cut out an oval of her head and slapped it on over the one with the glare. I used the “Lighten” tool on her shirt and it was done.
No, they aren’t all smiling or even looking at the camera – but it’ll do just fine for this year.
Here’s wishing that every one of you gets a perfect Christmas photo and your children and/or grandchildren pose perfectly!
Happy memory making,
P.S. And please let me know how you did it!
Content used: Jen Martakis Retro Christmas
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