I was just looking back at my post last year, “Photos that Didn’t Make the Christmas Card.” I was surprised to realize that I’ve already done all the things that I mocked other people for doing. Now that Justin and I are starting a family, I was immediately ready to send out a Christmas card photo (and I wanted to send one with a sonogram photo on it–but sadly, my doctor hasn’t ordered a sonogram for me yet). I also wrote in that post that I didn’t think it was necessary to do a formal Christmas photo, like the ones done in a photo studio or something….but that’s exactly what I’ve done this year. However, Justin did insist that we take at least one silly Christmas photo this year, and though it didn’t make the Christmas card, I will include it for you to see below.
I was really set on having our picture taken in front of a fireplace, so we were all set to find a random fireplace (at Cracker Barrel or something) and just set our camera on a timer to take our own photo. However, our photographer friend Jae offered to take the photo for us! She invited us out to her grandparents’ farmhouse in Kittaning (about forty minutes outside of the city of Pittsburgh) to take our Christmas picture in front of their fireplace. We’d never really been out to Kittaning, and we were surprised to see the city skyline change so quickly into suburban homes and shopping centers, and then change again into seemingly nothing–just miles of countryside as far as the eye could see, with the occasional barn or silo looming on the horizon. Jae’s grandparents’ house also had a barn and a silo, and there was a distinct smell of manure in the air when we opened our doors to get out of the car. We were really in the country.
It was so nice to see Jae again, who is one of our Florida friends and fellow Florida State alum. It was also nice to have such a talented photographer taking our picture, because she had all sorts of creative ideas about how to pose us and how to arrange the lighting. She insisted on taking not just one or two photos, but turning our time together into an all-out photo shoot, mixing Christmas shots with baby-on-the-way shots. By the time she was finished, we had so many wonderful photos I thought, “We’ll need a Christmas ALBUM for these….they won’t all fit on a Christmas card!” 🙂
But we realized that the letters on the mug were so small, it was really too difficult to read them. It looks like we’re just sipping coffee or hot chocolate–not announcing our new status as parents. So Jae had this creative idea:
Jae wanted me to do a few shots that highlighted my little baby bump. I still feel a little bit embarrassed about my baby bump because it really looks more like I ate too much Thanksgiving dinner than that I actually have a baby on the way (so far), but I complied:
Because I was so embarrassed about taking so many photos with my hand on my belly to accentuate the bump, Justin decided to make me feel better by accentuating his belly too:
These belly-to-belly photos did not make it onto the Christmas card, much to Justin’s disappointment. 😉
Another silly shot:
I kept snickering and my face kept twitching and trying to smile, and I tried to keep the corners of my mouth down…thus this strange face I’m making here. This is just one of several failed serious photos. At this point, Justin has completely abandoned trying to stay serious after hearing me snicker and feeling my convulsive belly laughter right behind him. 🙂
I only chose three pictures for our Christmas card this year, and I really agonized over it (only because Jae gave me so many great choices!). If you want to know which pictures we chose, you’ll just have to wait and check your mailbox…