Sometimes I Outsmart Him
Before Jack was born, my husband bought me a nice DSLR camera. He bought it with the condition that I wouldn’t take Jack to have his pictures taken professionally every 2.8746 minutes. In almost three years, I’ve stuck to my word and haven’t had his picture taken professionally. And I’ll be honest, he was right, we’ve gotten far more bang for our buck with the DSLR than we would have with the professional pictures.
I would by lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve always wanted someone far more talented than me to take their pictures. The only problem was there was that pesky understanding. It took me three years to get around it but I did it. I finally outsmarted him. On Saturday, this happened.
You probably can’t tell, but that’s my friend Michelle. She takes awesome, breath taking pictures of my boys. One week at softball, she grabbed Xander and started snapping away. The result was so good that I had one of the pictures printed to canvas. It’s that incredible. Her work is amazing. I mean it. In that picture of Jack, you can’t even tell I’m approximately 835 months pregnant (I know it’s a head shot, just humor me). So one day Michelle and I were talking and we decided how totally awesome it would be if she took pictures of the boys for their upcoming birthdays.
On Saturday afternoon, I packed up the boys and drove to Frick Park. We met Michelle and Alexis and spent almost two hours at the park. Michelle took pictures and the kids (well Jack and Alexis) played at the playground. You guys, I haven’t seen all the pictures yet, but the ones that I have seen are incredible. Michelle claims that she is getting the white balance correct (you know with my incredibly pale kids) but I think she’s getting a little bit of pleasure out of torturing me.
This was so much better than taking the boys to a studio. There’s nothing wrong with a posed studio picture, but that’s just not my boys. Michelle did some posed pictures, but they are all outside and look so natural. And the best part is Michelle knows my boys. There was no dealing with a strange person behind the camera. It was just a person they know doing what mommy does, taking their picture. I honestly couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Oh, and to make it even better, I was reading the latest post over at Yankee Drawl this morning. Seems like I may not be the only one who thinks Michelle should start her own photography business. Seriously, go check out her flickr stream (she has a link in her sidebar). You will find some amazing stuff in there.
Thanks Michelle for the great pictures of my boys. And for helping me finally outsmart my husband!
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