Sunday, April 27, 2008
Photo Studio Hell
Well, we did it! On Friday we finally ventured out to the local Kiddie Kandids to get our precious children photographed together. I have been waiting 6 long weeks to do this and couldn't wait to have their unconditional love for each other captured on camera. Riiiiiiiight!! It was pretty much a disaster from the second we woke that morning! My goal was to be at the studio at 10. We made it by 10:30 which I was pretty proud of myself considering Miss Leila likes to eat at the most random times!
So we get there and immediately Josh spots who we will call "Mrs. X." He says, "We want her! She is the one who did Kai and Kiera when I was with Lisa." I instantly think to myself that if this lady can handle Lisa...she must be amazing :) Not sure why, but we were unable to have Mrs. X and wound up with Mrs. F (F because she FAILED).
I have had MUCH experience with Malakai in a photo studio and if there is one thing I have learned it is that he has an attention span of about 15 minutes then he is done! You can get some amazing pics in those 15 minutes, however, once time is up...FORGET IT! So, I have Leila who is getting her individual pics done while Josh is off looking at toys with Kai. I told Mrs. F that I am not picky about having the "perfect" pose. Just take their picture when they are looking at the camera. I don't care if the bottom of their shoes are showing or if they don't have their hand in the right place. She must not have heard me though because she spent 45 minutes trying to get Leila to lay just right. She kept saying "at 3 months she should be able to hold her head better than this." Finally I said, SHE ISN"T 3 MONTHS! SHE'S 6 WEEKS! I can't help it that I have freakishly large children and people always think they are older than what they are. Anyway, as Mrs. X was watching she could see the level of frustration in my eyes and came over to help. She jumped in and snapped two amazing photos and it was time to bring in Kai. Well, I guess I thought that his 15 minutes started when he got in front of the camera, apparently not. It started as soon as we got to the studio because he wanted nothing to do with it. Especially after Mrs. F screams "Work with me here!" at him. By this time Leila is screaming, Kai is telling Mrs. F "NO!" and I am wishing I had taken about 12 Xanax!
We decide to wrap it up and say goodbye. Of course not without letting Kai pick out the toy we promised him if he was a good boy. Neither Josh nor I thought he really deserved a toy, but that's a battle we weren't fighting. Parents of the year right?! I can hear you all right now mumbling, "They shouldn't have gotten him that toy." LOL! I pick and choose my battles :)
There were a couple positives that came out of this experience. One, we got a couple cute pics of Leila and two, there was a lesson learned. I need to speak up! I should have insisted that Mrs. X do our pictures from the beginning. All I had to say was she did them in the past and we were very happy with her work. UGGGH! I could kick myself for not doing that. Oh well, Lesson learned. We shall move on!