Outtake #223 ~ Best Shot Monday

I have a secret. As much as I protest, (and do not fear, you will hear much protesting and complaining in the next few weeks!) I really love to create the yearly Christmas cards and calendars. It makes me stop, spend a few moments, and peruse the photos from the past twelve months.

I am constantly amazed at how much stuff we managed to squeeze into the year. I marvel at how much the girls have changed, really how much our entire life has changed in just one short year. And I gain a little bit of closure on the old year and can prepare for a new one.

It allows me to be a little bit creative as well. I don’t always get to be the “fun” creative in my real job, so it is nice to have a little creative break. I have had an idea for this year’s Christmas cards for awhile now. I suspect that J. thought it was completely crazy when I first told him of my idea. But, like a good husband, he willingly tried to corral the monkeys and help me get the shots I’ve been dreaming of.

I’m working on making at least a few of the photos work, but I think the outtakes – the ones we shot after we were “done” –  might be even more fun.

Here is one of my favorites from the day.

Outtake #223

I just know next year when I’m working on the calendar I’m going to look at this shot and not believe how much they have both grown and changed. One thing that I hope doesn’t change – that they will remain cooperative in my crazy schemes and willing subjects for the Christmas photos!

For more changing shots, pop over to Tracey’s.

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15 Responses to “Outtake #223 ~ Best Shot Monday”


  1. 1 ksmcnulty December 1, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Oh, if this is any indication I can’t wait for MY Christmas card. Such cute subjects and you know how much I love red. Cute, cute, cute!

  2. 2 MelodyA. December 1, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Oh yea, can’t wait to see it!!

  3. 3 carey December 1, 2008 at 4:31 am

    oh that is just wonderful! i LOVE it!!

  4. 4 susiej December 1, 2008 at 5:09 am

    That’s an outtake!! It looks awesome!

  5. 5 megan December 1, 2008 at 6:35 am

    they look like they were having fun, which is something to be said for a xmas card shoot :)!

  6. 6 Christina December 1, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Ooooh, I can’t wait to see the final result! You’ve got me curious. Sure looks like fun! And outtake #223 – I bet you really did take that many, didn’t you? hehehe!

  7. 7 Jen December 1, 2008 at 8:09 am

    They do look like they are having fun. I can’t wait to see the final product. I know it will be spectacular.

  8. 8 Joanna December 1, 2008 at 10:42 am

    This is such a sweet and candid photo. Thier smiles say it all. Looks like they were having fun!

  9. 9 Cara December 1, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I love how Addie has that mischievous grin with the little tongue, Em looks down right giddy! I can’t wait to see your card. I have an idea for my card this year but pulling it off with a 2 1/2 year old makes me wonder. We shall see.

  10. 10 Maya December 1, 2008 at 11:54 am

    That is such a great photo of the two of them!!! I love how natural they look!

  11. 11 Kim December 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Calendars? What calendars? Crap, is it Dec already??? Suppose I better get my butt in gear. I can’t wait to see how your photo shoot went. This shot is so Emma and Addie. 🙂

  12. 12 MommyBrain December 1, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I can’t believe you consider that an “outake.” If only my actual photos looked as good as your outakes…

  13. 13 carrievoris December 1, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    MommyBrain –
    It is only an “outtake” because it wasn’t the photo(s) I had in mind…I actually wouldn’t mind using that one for a Christmas card either…that shot is truly Emma and Addie all the way.

    Kim – Get your booty movin’ – it IS DECEMBER! Yikes.

    and Cara – that grin and tongue on Addie does me in every time I look at her, too!

  14. 14 Maggie December 2, 2008 at 5:32 am

    If this is the outtake, then I can’t WAIT to see what the one you used for the card looks like! They are looking so grown up…and Addie is looking more like you all the time!

  15. 15 Jaimee December 2, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Awww…I love their little outfits and those faces are precious!!!


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