Sunday, December 20, 2020

The Trials Of Getting Holiday Photos With Moody Teens


So in my head I would buy matching Elf costumes for my kids and I'd get amazing photos. I mean, two kids in Elf costumes? How cute! How precious!

However.


I was all, "Could you look happy?" and, well, my daughter Natalie was in no mood. I had pulled her away from texting her friends. 

Honestly, I had to pay her in Robux to even agree to wear the Elf costume and take photos, I'm not even going to lie. 

I wanted to get some fun jumping photos, and the kids were like, "bye."


I reminded them that I was paying for this, thanks. Robux and food for my son Tommy. If you promise him cookies or something, he's good to go. 



I wanted to try to get a better shot, one that wasn't blurry.



"Now your hair is in your face, can we try again."

"NO!" 

They were both irritated.

"At least pose together. And look HAPPY." 



"Can I just get--"

"I was in the middle of a conversation with my friends," Natalie reminded me. 

"Please. Let me guess. Talking about how great Billie Eilish is or how you're all sick of boys wearing Champion clothes," I answered. "What a stimulating conversation."



Gosh, teens are fun, aren't they?

I let her go. She wanted to go do a Tik Tok dance. 

I asked Tommy if he could take some photos for me and he was like, "Yeah."




"Tommy, it looks like you're possessed. Could you take it down a few notches? The power of Christ compels you."



"Now it looks like you're trying to dance. You look like me in a club."




"I just...I mean, better?"



"I like this one, Tommy. You don't look so crazed."

Natalie walked by then. 

"Oh sweetie, can I take a few more--"

"No."




"So, okay, Tommy, it's still just us, how about we get a few more?"



"Okay, we're back to being maniacal, fabulous."



"I'm Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?"



"I just don't see why I have to take math when I want a degree in video cinematography. It has nothing to do with my degree."(He does this rant at least once a day.)

I spotted Natalie messing with some branches. 

"Hi sweetie, do you want some more photos?"




"Never mind. Hi again, Tommy."




"I like this one, Tommy!"

And oh, I managed to get another shot of Natalie, but you can tell she was irritated. 





And I did get another great shot of Tommy:




So yes. It can take lots of patience taking photos of teens. And sometimes, payments. 

35 comments:

  1. I think the photoshoot came out very cool despite the shenanigans. Love the costumes!

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  2. Aside from having two gorgeous children, I found these photos too genuine and funny. In true Elf hihihih style

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  3. I think these photos are brilliant. So funny! And in a few years Natalie and Tommy will look at them and laugh out loud.

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  4. Fun idea! You did end up with some good ones. I would definitely have to pay my kids in robux and in food!

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  5. Such cute pics! I have 2 teens so I know what you mean, you did a good job mom!

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  6. I think you got some awesome shots! My teen refuses to get in front of the camera anymore.

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  7. I think the photos are cute even if you had to pay to get them. Your honesty cracked me up. I've had to do the same thing sometimes. lol

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  8. To be honest I am dreading the teenage years. Almost there with my eldest. Love the pictures, they're great x

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  9. Taking Christmas photos of moody teenagers can be fun! I love Tommy's last photo! :)

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  10. I think your photos turned out pretty awesome! I know the feeling of moody teens lol

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  11. They are too cute for words. You got some amazing shots and it looks like everyone had a great time.

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  12. Ha cute post! My kids are a few years older now and they don't have a ton of patience for my holiday photos either!

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  13. These outdoor photoshoots seem so fun! Nice shots with the elf costume!

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  14. But, these photos are totally COOL! Candid shots are more genuine and yup, I like their elf costume :)

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  15. I understand how hard it is. I was once te moody teenager;

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  16. I understand how hard it is. I am a photographer and it is never easy, each client is a possessed moody teenager

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  17. It's so cute! It's fun that they are still so down for these costumes.

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  18. Brilliant!! I am still trying to understand why teens are so moody when it comes to taking photos. They go through this stage when they are hiding all the time, what's that all about?

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  19. Oh my Tommy is so adorable! And they both really look good in those elf suits. Merry Christmas to your family!

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  20. Teens are so moody, it is really a challenge to get them involved in these kind of photography sessions. But you still managed to snap so many cute pics of them.

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  21. They are so cute! also I need the Elf suit

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  22. Your little photoshoot actually looked fun and cute. Natalie and Tommy both looked nice in their last photos.

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  23. Haha, this recall of the photoshoot was so funny. You did manage to get some really cute pictures at the end.

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  24. These turned out so cute! I'm about to experience what its like to do photos with a newborn lol. They are easier, right?!

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  25. Natalie sure does not like to be capture in photo hahaha. But hey It turned out great. They look cute and enjoyed the shoot.

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  26. Haha this is how I feel about trying to get my partner to take photos! Your photoshoot turned out good in the end and the elf pictures are adorable!

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  27. This brings back memories! We don’t do them anymore, we just freestyle and see what happens!

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  28. Yep, this is what its like when I try to get pictures with any of my kiddos moody or not lol! But some of the pictures turn out hilarious in the end!

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  29. Happy Holidays! Such a fun photoshoot. Who doesn't LOVE Elf! Off to watch it right now.

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  30. My teenage daughter does not let me take pics anymore. Your pics are cute.

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  31. These photos are awesome. But it totally reminds me of me and my brother's taking pics when we were younger

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  32. The faces Tommy is making do remind me of Buddy from Elf!

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  33. I love their costume outfits! They are really super grown up now and yeah, hard to convince on taking photos hahaha. Merry Christmas!

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  34. LOL. I am absolutely LOVING the way these turned out.

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  35. My teen neice is moody too, but this cute little photoshoot looks fun and these clicks are absolutely lovely...

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