Matt and I have been really looking at our finances recently, and are cutting back on a lot of things. One result of this was that we have decided not to get a professional family photo done. Every year, my family had one done and I love that we have one for each year. Instead, I'm going to see if a friend will take some of us. My family sends out the family picture as a Christmas card. Matt and I had already decided we wanted to send out ones just featuring our little man. Since we won't be going the pro route, however, I thought I'd give it a whirl. I am not the best photographer, but I figured it would be fun to try.
After a few minutes, it felt like it was going terribly. Then, when I was looking at the photos on the computer, I realized that - although no single shot was all that perfect - taken together, I loved how Benjamin's little personality came across. I thus plan to dress Ben up in something cute sometime soon and take lots of photos of him without making efforts to get that perfect smiling shot but instead to capture lots of his expressions and the funny little things he does. I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm also researching all the printing options and will fill you in on what I choose to go with and why, in case you're considering doing something similar.
For now, here's the shots that brought me to this little Christmas card idea. Enjoy!