I grew up in a picture taking family. Everything warranted pictures and I love having so many to look at it! It's fun to be able to look back and see how my family and I grew up and all the fun things we did. Which is what pictures are for right? The memories?
Pictures have changed. Like everything else and I feel like they have gotten much more complicated than they need to be.
There are hundreds of posts about how to dress for your family pictures. I'm totally guilty and have pinned oodles of them. The talk about how you need accessories, hats, scarves, boots, cardigan for the husband, patterns that match just enough so they aren't matchy, but they look good together, colors that are friends but not FRIENDS. I can't even explain it, that's how good I understand it. But they all look SO good. And you think "yeah. I can do that. No problem." Wrong. It's a problem.
My mother in law bought me a 20x24 canvas so I really wanted to have some good looking family photos.
So I started the hunt. I went through about a million combinations. Added a cardigan for me, tried to fit in a pattern. I had the pattern, no j has the pattern, nope a different pattern, maybe I should have the pattern and the cardigan. Shoot what's woody going to wear? Should he have a pattern? No he wore his good pattern shirt last time. Crap. Woody wants to wear shorts. Should I wear shorts? Shorts don't look good. What about capris? Do I have a necklace for this shirt? Should j wear shorts?
2 whole days worth.
And finally j ended up with the pattern, woody got the shorts he wanted and I wore jeans to make my legs look good. ;)
J's shirt was too close of a match to my shirt and his pants blended into woodys shirt. And we didn't have any accessories.
But as I look at the few pics I have so far this doesn't bug me like I thought it would. Because in the end it's the people, the smiles and the stage my family is in that matters the most.
Would I have been forever bugged if I had had a bad hair day? Definitely. Would I be mortified if I had picked pants that made my butt look big? Absolutely!! Will I be sucked into trying to have to the perfect picture outfit? Most likely.
But this time around. We did not end up looking like the joneses. But were still pretty cute ;)