I usually go to Wal-Mart for our photo needs and just bring along our own props. But I knew there was no way Wal-Mart would be okay with that kind of glitter mess in their studios. So I set to finding a photographer who would.
And find one I did. She even had her own home studio she said we could take the photos in (read: I wouldn't have to clean up the mess). Her cost was $85. Although that's a TON of money to us I figured the experience alone would be worth it for the kids and the photos would be an awesome added bonus. So I booked her.
Being a normal person this photographer did not have the pounds of glitter that would be needed to do a photo shoot like this. Remember, gentle readers, glitter weighs next to nothing- so when I say we needed a couple pounds that's a whole lot of glitter. Fortunately for me Hobby Lobby caters to people whos need for glitter exceeds that of normal people and sell the stuff in one pound tubs.
I bought two tubs.
The evening before our schedule photo shoot That Guy decided to convince me that we didn't need to spend this $85. He said that with it being so close to Christmas there were a multitude of places this money needed to go instead. I agreed but I still really (really!) wanted these photos done.
So That Guy says "Why don't we just take the photos here at home ourselves? If we cant get a decent shot we can always re-book with the photographer and the only thing lost is a couple of days." I did not want to cancel and I felt like That Guy was way over blowing my photography skills (because even though the said "Why don't WE take the photos..." I knew it would be a me project) but more than that I did not want to fight with my husband about money. Especially when I knew he was right. So I agreed.
And this, my dear and gentle readers, is why in a world of DIY there are some of us who could still use the talents and skill sets of photographers.
I just jumped right in and tried to get both the kids to play with the glitter I had dumped ALL OVER our floor. Audrey thought she would make a better photographer than I, and kept trying for the camera.
So I had to direct them to play in the glitter. I did try to explain that I wanted them to toss up the glitter then look right at me. In retrospect it may have been unfair to expect them to listen to me in a sea of glitter...
|Not the photo I had been hoping for.|
And THIS is how bad the photos can be when you have no idea what you're doing.....
At least he looks happy in this one....
Then I thought it was time to reintroduce Audrey to the glitter. But she's 2 and doesn't get the idea of not flapping ones hands during photos....
She was having fun though. And although this shot warms my heart it doesn't really give the distant relatives an idea of how much shes grown and changed over the past year.
|Laughing with glee|
Once again I thought I would push just a little further and asked her to play with the glitter.
|*sigh* I am no good at timing|
Then tragedy struck and we got glitter in the ole eyeball. Came right out but ruined the jovial moment.
|Poor little eye|
|Walter our of focus|
|Walter out of focus|
|Audrey looking like shes plotting something|
|They both appear to have forgotten where I was|
|Walter doing "weird smile" and Audrey seriously just|
wanted to get going to her friends birthday.
|If Audrey wasnt out of focus I think I would have|
just ended up using this photo...
|"Aww, you're kids are so cute!" will say no one who sees this blur.|
We tried one last time.....
And THAT is why its probably best if you use a professional photographer should you choose to try your hand at glitter photos.....