Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Is there anything more fun than having your picture taken?

Oh you guys.....Remember the olden days when your mom would pack up the whole family and head down to K-mart where a “professional” would sit you and your brothers on a wobbly folding table covered in a blanket made out of carpet and take your pictures in front of one of 5 realistic looking pull-down backgrounds featuring things like autumn foliage and rustic wagon wheels?

Those were good times.

We had family pictures taken a couple of weeks ago.

Having family pictures taken is pretty much guaranteed to bring out a few of my lunatic tendencies (my kids will happily tell you there is a long list of things that bring out my lunatic tendencies, considering their limited life experience I don’t really feel that they’re in any position to throw those kinds of stones but they do it anyway). The fact that the pictures turned out well is a testament to the talent and patience of our fabulous photographer. It was sort of like going to the zoo and telling the monkeys and the hissing cockroaches that they’re related and will need to stand next to each other for the next hour without picking bugs off each other and without hissing. EASY!!

There was a lot of this~

In the week leading up to our sitting I spent way too much time and energy trying to decide what I was going to wear.  The most common thought running through my head was-“What will my mother-in-law think if I wear this?”

Clearly I have not gained as much emotional independence as I thought. What kind of sad grown up am I pretending to be?

At the last minute, I decided to break from my boring everyday hair and go with curly. A decision that will probably haunt me the same way that blue eye shadow I wore in 1983 does-- it's still making appearances in the spare bedroom at my granny’s house if you don't believe me and want to see it. (By the way, anyone feel like making a trillion dollar bet that the first thing Granny says when she sees our pictures is, “Mmm, Sue’s put on a little weight hasn’t she?” This will be followed by, “Why on earth are they standing in an alley? People are just too casual these days. Hmpf.” And finally, “Where are all of Sullivan’s other wives?”)

I know a lot of people are fond of matching outfits and formal poses, but I told our kids they could wear whatever they wanted, within reason, if they would just show up and cooperate. I called it a compromise and less embarrassing than me getting drunk before being photographed. (I’ve been making a lot of “I oughta get drunk” jokes lately, anyone care to analyze?)

Much like childbirth, when it's all over it seems like it wasn't that bad and you'd probably be willing to do it again........in a couple of years.


Karen said...

I like your fancy hair ... you look hot! A lot of hot people in Hollywood tend to get drunk ... consider yourself analyzed.

lori.huffaker said...

I agree with Karen, you are lovely, and I make those comments all the time without the actual real life knowledge on how much better that moment would feel if I was. I love these non formal pictures, but they probably would have been better with Sullivans other wives.

tarable said...

I love the shots - casual is best these days. And as far as I can tell from the small glimpse of you in the background - you look great!

Post another closer up so we can all analyze your hair more accurately.