I am ashamed to admit it, but until today, we had never had professional pictures taken of out family. The kids? Many times, but never all seven of us. For months now I have been trying to change this. I at one point even had a session scheduled with a local photographer, but she had to cancel when her babysitter cancelled. Then we had weather issues for a while. Finally, I decided to delay the outdoor portraits I had in mind and just book a session at a local portrait studio.
We had a crazy morning getting everyone fed, dressed and out the door on time, but it seemed to be working. We were on time and everyone was in a good mood and ready. We unload and go to check in at the studio. This was my first sign it was not going to go smoothly. They did not have our reservation in the books. We have used this studio several times and they have always been very kind to us and our kids. They told us that they would work us in, but that we would need to wait a while. The waiting room was crowded and crazy, so we decided to take the kids out to the van and let them watch a movie. About 30 minutes later, they came and got us.
We went in wanting a good family portrait, individuals of each of the kids and a good group shot of the five kids. We got the family portrait first and it was okay. Paige was feeling a little timid, so we kept her in my lap to help comfort her, otherwise the kids were pretty cooperative. Not for long. Things quickly went downhill. Paige would go completely limp and lie on the floor. Izzie would squirm around and roll on the floor. We gave up hope of a group shot of the kids. We tried to get individual shots of the kids. The boys and Julia were great, but we just did the best we could with Izzie and Paige.