She'll do one of two moves:
- Evade the camera with all her might
- Give the goofiest face she can think of
Philip called today to check in over lunch. I gave him the usual report on what was going on around the home front, how preschool went for Jane, what I had been up to with the boys, etc. I mentioned I had been trying to "practice" Jane's picture day smile with her.
"What do you mean?" Philip asked.
"Well, I'll say, 'OK, Jane. Pretend I'm the photographer. When I say 'Cheese!' what are you going to do?' Then I ask her to smile."
"Oh," Philip said.
"I'm afraid it's making the problem worse. Now she thinks it's funnier than ever to be silly for the camera."
After recovering from laughing, Philip said, "Well, maybe you could make it look like a real photo shoot with a backdrop on the wall, ask her to stand in front of it, and take real pictures."
So, guess what we did this afternoon after lunch. Bingo! Preschool picture day practice photo shoot!
Wanna see how it went?
|After I put up a few pieces of cardstock, my ready and willing subject, Walt, entered the scene. It looks like he's saying, "Who? Little old me?"|
|Moving subject with camera phone = blurry|
|Way to go, buddy! Show Janie how it's done! I love your use of pretend ice cream cone.|
|This way, buddy|
|I'll take it|
|I think he's about over it|
|Yup. He's had enough.|
Enter my next subject...
|This is what I got when I said, "Smile!"|
|Cheesy smile with a little lower lip biting action. OK, this could be a good start!|
|Well, this is sure going downhill|
|After a little break, Walt's back for more|
|The trouble is, the girl who doesn't want her picture taken won't leave the scene|
|I'm back, Mom! Keep taking my pic!|
|"ME HOLD IT!"|
|Jane used her time away from the camera to think up this pose|
|And this one|
|And yet another variation on that one|
|Alright, folks! I think we might be coming back to cute|
|Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, there you have it! Cousin It!|
|How much do these preschool pictures cost anyway?|
|At least we're stationary and making eye contact|
|Getting too distracted...the lazy eye is making an appearance|
|The grand finale! Is it naptime?|
So, there you have it. I think we're ready for preschool picture day. Practice makes perfect!