The Out-takes

You know the drill, the kids have got their new Christmas party clothes on and you really want a photo of them looking gorgeous, and clean, before they are covered in sweat, snot and chocolate and looking as though they’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards.

And yet even with a little help from your sister, it’s still just so hard to summon a smile.


A variety of pleading and bribery still fails to raise a smile….

“Try and look as though you like eachother!”, I say.

“A little less headlock?”….


“How about let’s see who can say cheese the loudest?”…..


“Slightly less cheese??”


“Try to think of something funny!” I told them, clutching at straws now.

“Megan poo poo pants!!” Eva blurted out, much to their amusement, and to mine as I finally got the perfect shot of my beautiful girls.



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  1. Suzanne Relznik
    December 16, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Fabulous!!! And really made me laugh as one of my favourite, favourite photos of my two boys was taken after I shouted the word “willies” to get them to smile!!! πŸ˜‰ I’m such class!

    • December 16, 2015 / 7:48 pm

      HAHA! Next time I’m skipping step 1 – 100 and going straight for poo poo pants!!!! xx

  2. December 17, 2015 / 10:00 am

    Very cute. I just got back from a walk and I walked past a kindergarten where they were celebrating a Christmas party and all the little kids were in their ‘party’ frocks.

    • December 17, 2015 / 11:13 am

      Aww I love seeing them all in the Christmas party clothes! It’s Christmas jumper day tomorrow too so we shall all be rocking our finest knitwear! Hopefully get a nice photo of that! πŸ˜‚

  3. mackenzieglanville
    December 18, 2015 / 8:09 am

    oh they are all the ‘perfect’ shot aren’t they, I love the ‘say cheese’ one so funny, they are adorable! I remember one year when April was only 8 months and Aspen was 3, I tried so hard to get the ‘perfect’ pic and it wasn’t working, we gave up and went back inside, it was just a hot, uncomfortable day (as we are in Australia). I went through the pics later and found a sweet one, even though they weren’t looking at the camera and smiling widely, they were looking lovingly at each other and I realised I had captured a ‘real’ moment and that was great. Have a great Christmas xx

    • December 19, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Aww I love those photos. Many of my favourite photos are the ones where I have captured a real moment or the essence of their personality – be that sticking their tongue out or frowning at the camera! It’s very hard with the four of them to ever get a photo where everyone is smiling, I’ve just about given up!! Xxx

  4. December 19, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Wish I known about that! Its so difficult getting the perfect shot, or a picture at all!

    • December 19, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Haha isn’t it!! Who knew that poo poo head could produce such beautiful angelic faces!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  5. The Anxious Dragon
    December 26, 2015 / 10:24 am

    Your girls are simply gorgeous. I love all the pictures here, the out take ones are fabulous, especially the first one. I love that it takes an insult of poo poo head to make both of them smile.
    Thanks for sharing, I hope you have all had a fabulous christmas, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

    • December 29, 2015 / 11:39 pm

      Thank you so much! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Xxx

  6. January 21, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, they are adorable! All the natural pictures are the best anyways, the nice smiling ones are just good for frames πŸ™‚ #HappyDiaries

    • January 21, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you!! And you’re right, the natural ones are most definitely my favourite. Thanks for stopping by! 😘

  7. The Anxious Dragon
    January 27, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Coming back from #happydiaries. I still love these pics, thanks for linkingxx

  8. March 4, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I love these! I think the outtake pictures are the best as they show them in true cheeky form! #fridayfrolics

    • March 4, 2016 / 1:22 pm

      Me too! The out-takes most definitely show my girls personalities way more than the sweet smiling ones!! Thanks for reading. Xx

  9. March 4, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    Brilliant. It’s hard enough getting a nice picture of them individually, let alone together! Shows real life though. I love the first one. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    • March 4, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Hehe yes me too! They are such characters and I think it really shows! Thanks for hosting! Xx

  10. March 6, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Haha – I have so many of these shots. Also one staying still & a blur running through! I love these though – so funny, and the end one is lovely! #fridayfrolics

    • March 7, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      Yep a while camera roll of them and just a handful of smiley ones!! That’s kids for you!! xx

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