Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Card Photo quest.....and It's ALL Good.

In late November, I started my annual quest to capture the ultimate Christmas Card photo....or photos.  It seems that I often take too many photos, and make too many different proto types, then end up struggling to choose.  When will I ever learn?

Just like every other year, I had previously finished a special outfit for the photo as well.  I think I say this every year, but oh man do I love the outfit I made.  I had a vision, and it turned out pretty much as I imagined.  I especially love the ribbon straps.  Just looking at her in this outfit makes me feel like it is snowing candycanes and mistletoe. 

Not only would I like to share my photo of choice in this post, I'd like to show you the variety of shots I got that day.  Despite popular belief, Sugar Bear isn't a flawless subject.  In this particular photo session, I took about 55 photos.  

For every few of THESE....
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Before you get one of THESE....

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You have to get plenty of THESE....

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We can go from THIS......

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To THIS in a split second, so I better be ready.

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For every THIS....

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I get some of THESE....

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But in all honesty....it's the unintended shots that usually say the most about my child. The shots that show her emotions...personality....and stage of development. It is those shots that will spark the flood of memories I hope to experience when I am 70 years old, and glancing through my photo albums striving to remember yesteryear.

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In the end, I designed THIS...


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But....I wasn't satisfied. I had a few more ideas up my sleeve to try another day. Yes....I do think it might be an illness. I just can't leave well enough alone.  I'll be sharing some of those soon.

15 Live It or Love It:

SECRET AGENT MAMA said...

Totally Love It!

alissasanderson said...

These are fantastic! She's such an expressive little girl!

Marcelle said...

Your end result is FANTASTIC...just love your outfit...u so creative!! I cant sew on a button...

Love all the different moods, put a smile on my face as I know them so well trying to photography little kids.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ahhh the last one is perfect, btyou're right. They all tell something of her. Maybe you could do a series of them on one card. They're so lovely though Corey. Have you seen Holl's as well? They're very cute. :D

Aspiemom said...

What a cute and expressive little girl! Love the pictures, especially that one of her on the bench.

The end card you decided on turned out fantastic.

Nap Warden said...

I LOVE it...and I get what you are saying...I am exactly the same way:)

Autumn said...

Hey.. that's not what I got in the mail! I need all of them next year.. ok? LOL I had four different finalist for my cards and still didn't get exactly what I wanted... sigh. I finally gave in and just sent out what I had.

LceeL said...

I love your photographs. I came here from Mishsi's because I saw your comment about how you get so few comments. Well, here's an extra one I had layin' around. Sorry. Feeble attempt at humor.

I will say that you are an excellent photographer - and that your subject is an adorable little girl. You're very lucky. So, I think, is she.

holly said...

i LOVE the shots, but once again, sugarbear and i are lucky we are not walking together. i was wearing the SAME DANG OUTFIT to work today. oh everyone loved it. apart from one person who also reads your blog, and said i copied. so i had to smack them.

Golightly said...

Oh I love it! And that outfit!... Totally awesome!

I'm putting my cards together right now. (well not including this short break)

ispeakbeanish said...

What a cutie!

Your photo sessions are like mine!

I agree that often the outtakes are some of the best ones.

mamatutwo said...

These are precious! And the subject is pretty cute, too!

Merry Christmas!

Tabitha Blue said...

Oh, Corey... I'm the same way... it just may be an illness. But, I will say, that your card and those photos turned out to be precious!!!!!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

Christina said...

Even your examples of Christmas-photos-gone-wrong are adoarble and full of personality! She is totally darling, and that outfit it precious! Love the final product, even if you weren't satisfied!

Childlife said...

Holy cow, Corey! Could she possibly be any more adorable?? That little girl just lights up the world with that smile of hers! ;) I love the shots you got and her overalls are all kinds of adorable too :D

~Michelle

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