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  1. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @Adira: soooo cute!!!

  2. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @Anagram: @bubblegum: Thanks! I'm happy with how they turned out. Wish I could've gotten one with them both looking, but it's good enough!

  3. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @Adira: super cute! I like that L is looking at X anyway!
    Did you just set up those lights just for the photo? I was too lazy to decorate anything- just put them in last years Christmas PJs and have them Christmas books. But still happy with how they came out.

  4. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @Foodnerd81: Yeah, I kind of like it too! And yes, I hung the lights up in front of our sliding door in our kitchen because there's already a curtain rod there, which made it easier to do, though still a pain. I'm just glad the kids were willing to sit for a picture! They aren't always so agreeable!!

  5. josina

    pomegranate / 3957 posts

    @Adira: Great pic, I can't believe how similar in age they look!

  6. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @josina: I know, right?? It's because Xander (4) is a peanut (5-10th percentile for both height and weight) whereas Logan (2) is more average sized! He's catching up quickly to his brother!!

  7. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    I got the pictures needed and just ordered my cards! 3 days of trying to get the picture right was worth it! Thanks ladies! Oh and heads up...Shutterfly is have a half off sale!! I also have an extra $20 off coupon if anyone needs it!

  8. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @bubblegum: Awesome!! Glad you got the shot!

  9. erinbaderin

    pomelo / 5547 posts

    @Adira: This made me laugh - my kids are about the same age as yours and I've been asked on multiple occasions if they're twins. They're 26 months apart but I'm putting W in clothes that B has JUST grown out of.

    I also now feel the need to buy a curtain of lights from somewhere....

  10. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @erinbaderin: Oh good, I'm not the only one!!

    As for my curtain of lights - it's actually 8 strings of 100 white lights connected together and hanging from a curtain rod above our slider in the kitchen. With clear tape at the bottom so the strings don't get tangled with each other.

  11. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @Adira: Thanks love!

  12. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    Reviving this thread, because we took some photos today for our DIY cards. These were the "worst of", and they make me LOL so much. We got a handful of good ones, but I need to make some adjustments. In the mean time, these bad ones are keeping me entertained.

  13. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @Anagram: Your youngest face in the first picture is my mood this morning! lol they are so adorable!!

  14. Mrs. D

    pear / 1852 posts

    I took several photos of my daughter two weeks ago to be our card. They are now sitting at Staples waiting for me to pick up lol.

  15. PinkElephant

    grapefruit / 4573 posts

    @Anagram: this top is a keeper - seriously they will love laughing at that when they are older. The irritation on your little one’s face coupled with the older one looking at you like “Mom. She’s doing it AGAIN I told you she’d do this!” ...:) we definitely had some of these moments during our shoot this weekend, and I’m keeping a few of the crazy but hilarious ones for Holiday Card vs Reality comparison!!

  16. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @Anagram: haha, those are awesome!

    @Mrs. D: Cute!!

  17. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    @PinkElephant: I keep thinking maybe I should edit some of the funny ones, too. And maybe put them on the back of the card?

  18. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    @bubblegum: @Adira: Here's my first edit. eta: It's crappy res because I had to resize it to post here.

  19. PinkElephant

    grapefruit / 4573 posts

    @Anagram: That is exactly what we did - great minds If nothing else, you'll want a couple of these when they're older - think graduation/wedding reception slideshow material!

    Many years we've used the back of the card to announce births, moves/new homes, etc., but this year we had nothing to announce, so we went with outtakes. DH made me say something to make it clear we knew it wasn't a "good" photo of our kids, since ours were not obviously silly, just kind of "EEEEK THREE KIDS CHAOS".

  20. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @Anagram: I love that!!! Beautiful!!!

  21. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @Anagram: Omg sooo cute!!

  22. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    Here is my final card! It's terrible quality because it's a screenshot of the card preview, but you get the idea.

  23. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @Anagram: Gorgeous!!!!

  24. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    I might be turning this into a general photography thread, but here's a little edit I did tonight. My husband took a picture of our second LO up against our car outside. It's not a perfect photo, but it was pretty clear. So I spent some time tonight editing it, and now I think I have something I want to frame.

    I'll post my end product first, followed by the "straight out of the camera".

  25. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    And here's one of just LO2 outside. Still working on an edit of LO1 solo. These were all taken together.

  26. agold

    grapefruit / 4039 posts

    @Anagram: OMG. Please come and take my kids' pictures next year.

  27. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @Anagram: your girls are beautiful and you take some good pictures!

  28. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    @agold: @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I actually didn't take them, my husband did. He takes the pics (usually, sometimes I give it a go) and I edit them. Or rather, I just started learning now to edit them. We used to just take pictures and use them as is, but lately I've gotten into watching YouTube tutorials and trying different stuff.

  29. bubblegum

    pear / 1717 posts

    @Anagram: holy beautiful!!! Absolutely amazing!

  30. starchild

    cherry / 235 posts

    I love these! Fun and helpful thread.

    @Ajsmommy: Great set up!

    @Mrs. Pen: Christmas lights for the win!

    @Mrs. Turtle: They turned out great!

    @cyndistar3: Bribes are the way to go when they're old enough to work!

    @Adira: Great pics!

    @2PeasinaPod: Can't believe these are DIY, so great!

    @Anagram: The outtakes are hilarious but the final cut turned out amazing!

    @Mrs. D: So cute!

  31. starchild

    cherry / 235 posts


  32. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    I officially have a problem. I can't stop.

  33. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @Anagram: What are you using to edit your photos? They are so gorgeous!

  34. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    The other thread today about family photography made me want to come back to this thread!! For all you DIY photographers out there--how's your work coming along?

    I did DIY photos for christmas cards again this year. I really wanted to do outside photos, but I couldn't get a good weather day on a weekend...I got like 8 really wet/cold weekends in a row, so I gave up and did an indoor "in front of the christmas tree" session again with my kiddos.

    This year I had to do a head swap! haha

  35. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    Here are ours: quality is bad because I just ripped them from Facebook and I’m posting from a phone: can you guess which pic had the head swap?

  36. periwinklebee

    grapefruit / 4462 posts

    @Anagram: These are gorgeous!!!

    My big project lately has been making a photobook for DS's first year. We used mixbook and got copies for the grandparents as well as ourselves - I am super happy with it.

    Photography has gotten more challenging lately, as DS is running around everywhere and never still for a second. I use back button focus and have pretty good continuous autofocus, but the biggest challenge has been the bounce flash, as i'm constantly needing to reevaluate what to bounce off of. I can just jack up the iso, but getting the flash right really does make a difference. I just haven't put in nearly enough practice yet to be very adept at it. I'll be really glad when it's warmer than 3 degrees F and we're back outdoors and have more daylight...

  37. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    @periwinklebee: I have the same issue with bouncing my speed light. Some of those pictures above had a bounced speed light and some were shot in reallllllllly low light conditions with a teensy bit of window light (but it was a winter day at about 5 pm, so the sun was already down).

    It's difficult to figure out setting when the light is changing and the kids aren't being still.

  38. Anagram

    eggplant / 11709 posts

    @Adira: Yess I never responded 5 million years ago--but just Photoshop. Sometimes I make small adjustments in Lightroom before I take it into photoshop (like luminence).

  39. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts

    @Anagram: haha, thanks! I only have Lightroom.

  40. periwinklebee

    grapefruit / 4462 posts

    @Anagram: I am only now appreciating how straightforward photographing immobile infants (and adults!) is compared to nutty toddlers... But it's good to have a challenge!


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