Friday, August 6, 2010

Camera Shy

It is next to impossible to get a good picture of Audrey.  First of all, she hates the flash, so most indoor photos look something like this:

"Nooooooooooooo pictuuuuuuuuuuuuure!"

The more pressure on the situation to get a good shot, the worse it is.  Don't get me started about the Christmas card "money shot".  I don't even have multiple kids and pets to organize, and I still can't get one card-worthy shot.


Forget about the cute dress-up situations that I'm already scrapbooking in my head:

C'mon, work with me here. Momma's got the perfect
Minnie Mouse embellishments for this layout.

I thought perhaps that I had the problem licked when I got my iPhone...no flash!  Sure, the indoor pictures aren't that great of quality but at least I can see the (kinda grainy) whites of her eyes.  So now she has developed a new habit of grabbing her naughty bits, including her butt, crotch, and bee-bo's.  Which are, you know...chee-chee's.  Or whatever you call this area on a child...

I pledge allegiance to my tee-ta's

Look at how this perfectly gorgeous shot is ruined by the crotch grab:
Yeah, I got ballerina scrapbook paper too.
Stop ruining my life!

By the time I manage to swat her hand away, the moment is past and either the smile is gone or she is off and running.  Lately, she's even been attempting the advanced double-hander move:  one hand on the butt and the other on the crotch.  Like the elusive Yeti, I have not yet captured this one on film.

24 comments:

  1. Oh geez.... I laughed so hard, I think I did a boo-boo.

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  2. Somewhat similar to scuba diving and trying to take pictures of fish. All you get is fish butt - my neighbor was going to do a fish butt calendar cause that's all you get. This also made me realize that 90% of the pictures of my dogs are of them sleeping...keep trying, it is worth whatever results/laughs you can share!

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  3. Even if the pictures aren't, well, picture-perfect, Audrey is sure adorable! I love the picture of the two of you on your blog! She certainly took a great picture there!

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  4. She is just ADORABLE! Love your comment about grabbing her "naughty bits"...SO funny! These may not be picture perfect, but they sure do capture the moment and your daughter in all her fabulous glory!

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  5. That Minnie Mouse outfit is adorable!!

    There are very few pictures of my brother where he is not sticking his tongue out. Literally hundreds of great pictures were ruined by him sticking out his tongue at the last minute. He's not special needs either. He's just an idiot.

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  6. now this is the type of post that she'll be pissed about later on in life (referring to your "anonymous" blog) :)

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  7. Covering the privates? Oh modesty is very important to her then. Do you have any Amish-themed scrapbook paper? Maybe some horse & buggy or bonnet embellishments?

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  8. Even if your pictures aren't perfect, they are definitely worth a thousand words! As for finding a way to fix the photos, most cameras have a no-flash setting that you can take photos on. I actually prefer not to use flash in most of my pictures, so I just open a window to let more light in. The only thing to watch for then is that she actually has to stay in that pose, or it comes out blurry. But the ballerina shot is really cute, even if she's grabbing her crotch!

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  9. hmmm... and usually my bird is covering her butt because I'm often coming at her with an enema!

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  10. My brother was like this when we were kids... lots of photos of my sister and I smiling sweetly, and of him, all but growling into the camera. For him it was because he had hit his tooth as a toddler and it turned gray and later had to be extracted!

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  11. I can relate. David is pretty photogenic, but has recently decided to have at least one finger shoved up his nose up to the second knuckle. It doesn't make for a very great picture.

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  12. It is sooo hard to get a good picture of my boys. Any pics I post are typically after a gazillion tries. Either way, Audrey is very cute...love the Minnie Mouse costume!

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  13. This girl is beyond sugar sweet!
    Yikes. Minnie Mouse. I didn't think anyone remembered MM (Minnie, not Marilyn). How did you find Minnie's exact shoes? I must say I wouldn't be too happy about the santa hat either.

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  14. hahaha... that move would put Michael Jackson to shame if she masters it! Lovely pics! xx Jazzy

    PS...haven't forgotten the awards post...have 2 more posts to do first.

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  15. Crotch grab or not, what a beautiful smile!

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  16. Prince, sorry, the artist formerly known as Prince, has a great dance maneuver in the movie Purple Rain where he also simultaneously grabs and rubs both front and back.

    Have you been letting her watch Purple Rain again Lynn???

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  17. Stopping by from the Momloop. Your daughter is beautiful and your stories are interesting. Great site. CleverlyChanging.com

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  18. I *so* feel your pain, my sister. In our Easter shot this year, it looks like Billy's trying to bite me ... and he was. And that was the best shot of the bunch.

    I wrote about this same subject. Check out the extended family photo (we spent an HOUR trying to get Billy to look at the camera) and eventually, this was the shot we were stuck with for our holiday picture:

    http://www.amandabroadfoot.com/Photographing-an-Autistic-Child?article_id=328-1280707009

    But, as I know you know, Audrey is beautiful in EVERY shot!

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  19. cute...my kids mess up the camera shots too

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  20. Try getting four of them together for a money shot. Even more rare than the Yeti!

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