I am “that guy” that is always looking to make the perfect whatever– the perfect engagement announcement, pregnancy announcement, Christmas card, birth announcement, whatever. No matter the occasion, it always begins with capturing the perfect picture which can make or break the perfect whatever.
Kepley and I have been trying to make each other laugh for 15 years. Kepley had both of his children before I had my first and every step along the way, when I’m struggling with a new phase, his first reaction is typically to chuckle and then help me through the phase using what we know best— humor.
As The Wife and I have added kids into our perfect picture announcements, I have had to accept that I win some and I lose some. The biggest obstacle is typically the kids as they simply can’t understand my vision for the photo shoot. Everyone’s lives would be so much better if they could, but this is where we are.
Then, there’s Kepley. One year he sent out a Christmas card of his two boys and I was excited to see their adorable smiling faces. Only there were no smiling faces, only a series of photos where neither of the kids are in complete focus, his wife’s arms are in most of the shots trying desperately to wrangle the kids and the culminating shot is of an infant’s foot knocking over a lamp. The caption read, “All we want for Christmas are kids who cooperate.” It was the most perfect Christmas card I had ever seen.
If we look too hard for the perfect shot, we could miss the brilliance and essence of the children in the process. Perfect is in the eyes of the beholder, and what could be more perfect than seeing perfection through the beautiful eyes of our children? They’re not actors or models, they’re movers and shakers, so let them move and shake.
Now that The Wife and I have added a second child to our photo shoots, this is advice that I really need to pay attention to. If one of them wants to put the Christmas lights in their mouth, just take the picture. Because, honestly, that sounds like a perfect picture to me.