How To Take a NON Perfect Family Photo

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How to take a NON perfect family photo in just three easy steps. These pictures are the only family pictures that we have from our trip to Tennessee. Fantastic.

Step 1) Ask a stranger who obviously has no clue how to operate a camera to take your picture. Disregard the fact that I had to explain he had to look into the little hole to take the picture. No biggie right?

Step 2) Make sure you have a "No review policy." I usually have to review each photo and we end up taking it a million times until I decide I like it. Ian asked if during our trip I did not review any photos until we got home. I agreed.

Step 3) Don't worry if you notice the picture taker is aiming kind of low...and when he says, "PERFECT" trust him...

Our picture taker said, "Your husband is tall. Let me take one more...just in case." This is attempt #2...perfect haha!

I think Ian has a great lower face.

This one will have to do! At least you can see all of our heads in this one. I am sticking with my reviewing each picture rule from now on :)




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60 comments:

colleen said...

hah - that first photo is hilarious!

misc.alaina said...

Sorry you didn't get the shot you wanted! I can comisserate. Made for a funny post though!!

heartland farmhouse said...

Great way of looking at it!!! ;)

Mindy said...

Hilarious.
Our couple and family pics NEVER turn out, but it's almost ALWAYS my fault. I have the Chandler Bing curse when it comes to photo taking.
We had the waiter take our pic last night at dinner and I'm afraid to look at it. I'm crossing my fingers I don't have six chins, my eyes closed, or some other horrid expression on my face.

Ali said...

I think the picture taker may have been focusing on something in particular in picture #1....hehehe :) Hilarious, I'm glad the last one was useable.

Kyla said...

Haha, these photos are too cute!! At least they have a fun story attached to them :)

Jo said...

hahaha! on one of our trips, we went to cape hatteras and wanted a picture of our fam with the lighthouse in the back---- so we found a woman who looked compatent enough. there was a tiny bit of lighthouse stripe in one corner and us in the other very small. we laughed so hard! the self-timer is now our best friend

il ├ętait une fois... said...

bahahahah too effing funny!! at least you are all smiles in each mama hehe! love it! xx

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Gentri said...

hahahaha! oh my goodness! That's so sad! haha! Definitely stick with your rule!

Stephanie said...

This is awesome. This happens to us every time we try to take a family picture. I think we've had maybe 4 photos turn out in 3 years. Oh well. : )

Kathryn said...

It's kind of neat, though. You can frame those, hang them on the wall, and laugh your butt off at them whenever you see them. I like to embrace stuff like that because the laughs are so worth it.

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Terry said...

Oh that is too funny. I guess some people just aren't photographers!

Terry said...

Ironically, I just came across this post that might help you out, lol. http://viv-spot.blogspot.com/2011/08/make-your-bad-photos-work-to-your.html

Sarah said...

hahahaha its all about the "review insurance policy". That's pretty funny.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

Karen said...

Those are hilarious!! Definitely Christmas card quality!!

Meg {henninglove} said...

hey try try try again right? well at least you have that last photo and regardless it is still cute. good thing we have digital cameras now and don't have to waste film :-)

LaynahRose said...

lol he does have a good looking lower face! This is awesome hahaha I hate asking strangers to take my pictures.

Tabitha Lynn said...

Haha awesome. I usually cut someones head off when I try to take couple pics of myself and M. Review policy is def a must!

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness that's awesome!! You look great in all of the pictures though, so way to go you!

Tairalyn said...

I love this. Makes me giggle looks like the photo's I take when I try to take a family shot. You however have got it down to a science and even a step by step guide. YOUR ARE MY HERO!

XO
Tairalyn

Rachael said...

AHAHAH! I'm sorry for your lack of family photos from this trip but that's a hilarious story and a situation I find myself in FAR too often. I even get a bit annoyed when photos aren't the proper brightness or the subject is smack dab in the middle. Of course, those times when I say, 'relax, just cuz it's not stellar doesn't mean it wont be good', the stand-in photographer does a doozy like the one above. You could paste all three together and make a franken-photo!

Alycia said...

LMAO! that his hilarious! was that person blind? haha :)

ECoop said...

Love your blog, so glad you stopped by PortofThoughts!
These pictures are hilarious! I think all husbands are completely annoyed with wives obsessions with picture taking. Here's to reviewing all pics!!! Cheers!

Juggling in Heels said...

This is amazing. LOL. At least you are in the picture. I usually end up taking all the shots and have fantastic photos of the kids and hubby but none to show that I was actually there!

Val said...

I can take a pretty good photo of anything but my family....somehow it never works out the way I intended it to. Sigh

angie on maui said...

Oh my gosh I couldn't stop laughing when I read this post - that first photo is hysterical! Even thought you didn't end up with the most ideal family photo, at least you have three photos with a great story behind each! :)

xo

Mallory said...

Oh geez- these are absolutely hysterical.

Kirsten said...

Oh my word! How hilarious! Great tutorial :)

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Sheri said...

That just CRACKED ME UP! What a funny post, thanks for making my day.
And I feel your pain, hahah...3 kids and it's hard to get a good pic of all of us!

xo

Bonnie said...

Bahahahahahaaha.
I'm pretty sure that all of us have been there at one time or another. I hate it when strangers take my picture because they never get it right.

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Stephanie @ henry happened said...

OMG, that is hilarious. Hey, you look great in all of them!! :)

What Sadie Did said...

Hahaha, shame on that guy for taking such terrible shots!! That's quite an accomplishment to get then THAT wrong! At least you got your little one in all three ;)

Sadie x
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Lindsay said...

This is the best! Even if your heads are chopped off, you still have an adorable family!

Lindsay said...

Thanks for the laugH! :) Hope you had a great weekend!

Anna said...

Ahhh Lindsay this made me laugh!!! :) Our family had the no review rule when we went to Thailand for my brothers 30th and we had SOOOOO many laughs when we got home and sat down to finally review them all. Between the head cut offs and the odd faces, we agreed to review them next time. If it makes you feel any better you are looking simply gorgeous in the photos where you can see your face (& yes your husband certainly has a nice lower face! haha) xo

Anna xo

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Hollie Ann said...

Well atleast you can review pictures now ;)

Frk. Smed said...

Hi Lindsay
I think these kind of pictures are the best, even though they are not perfect. But you'll always have a great and funny story to tell when you look at these pictures.

ps. I have posted the tutorial on the braided bracelet (with a little help from Youtube) on my blog. Hope you like it.

www.FrkSmed.blogspot.com

KizzyDoll said...

Ahhh..bless! These are great and I love the memory the not so perfect ones will bring really than if they were perfect!! xx

sherri lynn said...

haha how sad! Who, in the 21st century, doesn't know how to take a decent picture?! I always review :)

The Random Years said...

hahha, awww. The third one came out good, we can see your faces! =]

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

This is hilarious...thanks for the good laugh!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Hehehe, I love it!

katie [the bright life] said...

Haha, this is awesome! Third time's a charm...kind of? :) Xo, Katie

Lisa said...

This is all so funny! Loved reading this post!~ Maybe you could photoshop two of the photos together to get all your heads in view..lol~
~Lisa @ Organized Chaos

Lauren said...

hahaha! too funny! I think these are definitely Christmas card worthy...or not!

Kitty M said...

Ahh hahah - the last photos is lovely though!

Mongs said...

this is so hilarious. These are the kind of photos that my husband takes for me. Yes, that's why I rather trust my tripod.

love,mongs
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Amylou said...

Oh man! This kept me giggling. I will keep all of these in mind. ;)

Kate said...

wow you guys are annoyingly good looking.

rebecca said...

Haha. This is hilarious!

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Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh Goodness makes you just want to slap them upside the head!!!

I say you must review my dear!!

Marcela said...

The trick is to pick the stranger who is carrying a better camera than you (tip from my photography professor and it always helps!)

amber said...

hahaha this is so funny! and so true!

simplyvonne said...

hhaha that's so hilarious!! i hate asking ppl to take pix for us since I know for a fact that they are going to have trouble with the camera. I feel bad when I look at it and ask them to do it over LOL

your doing 5k? awesome! we all have to start somewhere! I did the 8k back in June and it was so much fun! Good luck!!

www.StarHughes.com said...

Aw you guys still look so cute even in all these crazy chopped off pictures!!! I love your family!!! But definitely stick with the reviewing pictures rule - I live by it! :)

The Coolidges said...

Too funny! I am the same way, always have to retake the picture until it is 'approved'. Your little family is way too cute!

Vivian, but you can call me Viv. said...

way too funny. my hubby and daughter are ALWAYS complaining about having to re-create moments for a better picture!

celebrity rhinoplasty said...

Very funny specially the first picture. It is very nice to take pictures when you are on a trip but for non perfect pictures, you can always do something about them, like this post.

Mary Lane said...

Too funny! At least the parts of you we can see are cute!

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Libby said...

hahaha

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