Breathtaking "Mom Moments"

For the past two nights, I have attempted to photograph all four of the kiddos for our Christmas card.

{Please excuse me for a moment while I scream out a quick Urrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhh!!}

On the second night, I finally resorted to a timeless mom trick to try to get a good photo…I bribed them.

Yes, I did. I’m not exactly proud of that, but I did it and it worked and I think that I might actually have some good proofs to work with now.

What was the bribe? The kids knew that if they cooperated for the photo session, they would get to stay up until 9:00 p.m., play Wii for the rest of the evening and eat popcorn in the living room. My kids are so easy! (hee-hee)

After they were finally in bed last night, I sat down to work on editing the photos and finished a grand total of ONE photo…

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Before I got distracted by this sight…
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You know those moments you have as a parent…when your breath is literally taken away by the sight of one of your children? That photo was one of those moments for me.

So, here I am focusing on my daughter once again on my blog…because she actually loves to be photographed now! (Unlike my boys who will do anything they can to avoid my camera.) Once I saw that dancing photo, I never went back to the group photos of the kids. Instead I just saw shot after shot of Weslea’s that continued to take my breath away and I couldn’t stop!

In addition to feeling like I finally took some really great photos of the kids…it was a great evening for me because Pioneer Woman finally released her new free actions for Photoshop. Her first free set of actions are the ones that I use for editing my photos more than anything else. I think her second free set is going to contain all my new favorites! It was so much fun to play around with her new actions last night while I was editing Weslea’s photos.

I hope you’ll bear with me as I showcase my beautiful daughter today…

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I was borrowing my sister’s 50mm 1.4 lens to take these photos…so I know the focus in the eyes is off on a couple of them. I didn’t care though because I was so enamored by Weslea’s expression on her face in each of them.

I guess this just means that I’ll have to keep Andrea’s lens for at least another week so I can practice, practice, practice with it. (I’m not sure if she’d be all that thrilled about that idea though.)

But how could she even possibly resist these eyes?

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Be still my beating heart! {sigh}
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