I really dread taking my kids to get professional pictures taken. I’ve got a whole list of reasons why….
- often there is no money set aside to pay for the pictures
- rarely is there any money set aside to get outfits that COORDINATE for the pictures
- I’ve yet to find that time of day when all my children are forecasted to be HAPPY
- it seems like someone always has some facial injury/bruise/scab/rash that I don’t want in the pictures
- IT WEARS ME OUT!! Getting my kids clean, dressed, to the place (while staying clean AND dressed), figuring out what the right bribe is (yes, I said it BRIBE) for each child to ensure that they sit when asked and SMILE when asked (over and over and over and over…)- is a LOT of work and it simply wears me out!
I want pictures taken each year and I don’t want it to be an experience my kids and I dread. SO, what do I do? I don’t have any photographer friends living nearby right now, so that option is out. Instead, I am going to set aside $10-$15 a month designated for pictures. At the end of a year this gives me about $150 to spend on outfits for the kids, the pictures themselves, and any new frames I might want to put them in. I know that I am most likely to get my kids pictures taken in the Spring, so by shopping end of the season spring sales, I can grab a great outfit for my daughter much cheaper than buying it two days before I end up getting the pictures taken. Finding shirts/shorts for the boys is somewhat easier- but a great sale on a polo or plaid is always a great find at the end of the season.
I have also discovered that by prepping my kids as to the events of the picture-taking morning, I can raise my expectations of them at the picture place. I allow each of them to bring one toy and I pack one special snack (something we usually don’t have at home). These items don’t get busted out until after the flashes are done and Mommy is in the deciding-which-pictures-to-buy phase of the outing.
Just for fun, here is one of the pictures we had taken last week:
The bribe you ask? It was $.99 frozen yogurt. :-)