Monday, May 28, 2012

A Family Portrait: A Metaphor

The one thing I wanted to accomplish most on Mother's Day was a family picture. After a delicious picnic, Eme played her heart out on the playground while Sylvie slept. When the wee one woke, it was our window of opportunity. While Grandma worked out the camera settings, we worked out the seating arrangement. 

 

I thought I'd hold Sylvie, but Emeline had other plans. Shawn caught a potential crushing at the last second...
(can you see it?)


and so of course, there were tears. I'm thinking, This is so classic...


And I LOVE Shawn's expression here!! Sylvie's is pretty great too--looking a little mischievous.

 
Oh that lip..

 

Two and a half smiles...

 

Almost there...

 

Breaking down...


Grandpa decides to help by being silly...

 

It worked! But I forgot the #1 rule of family pictures: Adults should always, always smile at the camera. No matter what is going on around you.

 

It was time to call it a day.



We weren't able to capture that one great picture, but I think I love these outtakes more. Remembering all that was going on between these pictures cracks me up every time. I think I'll treasure that more than one good shot.

I think that's a great metaphor for motherhood as well: treasure the journey, not perfection.

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