Sunday, November 7, 2010

Image Addiction

I absolutely cannot wait until Friday, November 26, 2010. Nope, not for the Black Friday deals. This is a day my sister, sister-in-law, and I plan for starting around September 1st of every year. We fervently email back and forth, visit multiple websites to get ideas, text our final selections and then breathe a sigh of relief when it's all set. It's the annual Anderson cousins Christmas photo shoot!

It started in 2006 when the cousins consisted of my brother's twin two-year-old boys and my sister's one-year-old son. I was pregnant with my son at the time and instantly fell in love with the idea. In the first photo the boys are wearing matching reindeer sweaters and have a few cookie crumbs on thier faces. (Cookies help keep toddlers still in case you're wondering.)

By 2007 There were four cousins and two more on the way. In 2008 and 2009 we weighed in with six, including the first girl. This year, for 2010, the tally has bumped up to a lucky total of seven, at which we feel fairly certain it will stay for good. That brings the score to five boys and two girls, now ages five months to six years.

Over these five years we have developed a pretty savvy game plan. There are two main positions. We have the stagers and we have the papparazzi. The stagers position the children as best as possible. They're also on hand to catch run-aways and return them as quickly as they can. The paparazzi do exactly what you think. They shoot as many pictures as they can, as fast as they can, before someone starts crying. Because, beleive me, when it comes to taking posed pictures of small children, someone always cries. And sometimes it's not one of the kids...

So this year we've decided to take this to another level. We're hiring a professional photographer to capture this family event and we're even going on location! Depending on the weather, we'll either be descending on a local park or a fancy schmancy hotel which will be all dolled up for Christmas. I'm especially excited about our photographer, who has done shoots for numerous friends and family back home this year. Check her out here:

Now you can't wait, either, right?? I'll be sure to share!

Anderson Cousins 2009

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