This past weekend I made Mark help me chase the kids around Minnehaha Falls to get some last-minute great fall pictures. I think it's hopeless to expect to get a good shot by a professional, and I figure I can make them smile and look in the right direction as well as anyone else. With my dear husband's help, of course. Every honest photog knows they would be nothing without their assistants. Unless of course, their subjects are willing and cooperative.
I'd never been to Minnehaha Falls, I've only seen other people's pictures from there, and it was exactly what I'd hoped it would be -- a place where, no matter where the kids run off to or which direction they turn, the background of the picture is gorgeous. Some photographers don't like what the sun does to outdoor photos, but I don't agree. I love the way the sun shines in their hair.
All the kids were very cooperative, but I bribe Aliza to guarantee her cooperation. These pictures cost me $3. And all I could think was, I bet Kelle at Enjoying the Small Things doesn't have to pay her daughter for cute pictures. Maybe when her daughters get older she will have to, and she'll change her blog to Paying Off the Small Things (except she wouldn't, because she's not really sarcastic like that). I've been bribing Aliza since she was 2. Back then it only cost me a couple of candy corns. But it was totally worth it.
Here she gives us a little ham.
Mark got our boys to smile and smile that day.
He is an excellent performer of Wiggles toons, and he knows a wide variety of Dora the Explorer songs and Wonder Pets. He might be willing to do parties. Let us know if you're interested in an audition and a quote.
Blogger is a little freaked out by either the number or size of these pictures, so I better conclude here before it crashes my laptop. But there will be more, many many more....
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