One nice thing about a blog is that I get to control the content. And in particular, the nice thing about a blog is that I get to control what pictures of myself are released into the wild of the World Wide Web for all the universe to see.
It’s not like a driver’s license shot, where there are no do-overs or Photoshop edits—on my blog, I get the pure pleasure of being in control, all the time.
I always suspected I was kind of a control freak.
But, just in case you get the wrong idea and start thinking I’m just particularly photogenic (since I usually only post semi-decent pictures of myself on here), I thought I’d get a bit real today and show you some of the shots that DIDN’T make the holiday card this year—the shots that I usually would just delete (except for the fact that my husband freaks out whenever I start hovering the mouse over the “remove” button).
So here you go, folks: my list of things that make a picture NOT worthy to be sent out on the holiday card:
1. Creative Ideas Gone Wrong
To break out of the funk of the typical “stand and smile” shot, Matt and I usually attempt a few shots that are a little more, um, creative. Take the picture at the top of this post for example—we’d planned to use the sign and just edit out the “wreath” at the bottom, but the word “Christmas” by itself didn’t exactly send out the message we were going for either. Of course, it didn’t help that (as a joke) Matt lay down in front in his “model” pose, which made it so that neither of us could keep a straight face.
2. Spontaneity at its Most Awkward
I’m married to a pretty fun-loving, spontaneous guy; I will often find myself being pulled along as Matt starts to skip, or laughing as he starts singing loudly in public. In one of his “freer” moments on this particular shoot (Matt’s mom was our photographer, btw), Matt decided to show our joy and love for Christmas by instructing us both to spread our arms wide in welcome of the season. Or something like that.
5. Shots That Show Ourselves Just a Little TOO Honestly
Although I’m trying to look cutesy in the picture below, Matt is letting his true colors fly. I’ll have you all know that he makes that face about 15 times a day.
6. Primping and/or Talking
In many of the shots that didn’t make the cut, I seem to be fixing either my hair or clothing, while Matt appears to be directing his mom or cracking a joke. And therein lies our essences: Me = Vain, Matt = Wise Guy.
Did you take pictures for a holiday card this year? Which ones didn’t make the cut for you?