Vent: Your child cannot keep their eyes open!

Well we all know I'm an aspiring photographer.  I'm also a mommy, the Team Mom for all of Kylie's sports teams.  So every season I offer 3 options for Team Pictures-1) we hire the "sports photographer", 2) we set a day and time and parents bring their own cameras, or 3) I will take them with my camera.  Option 3 always wins, and I don't charge a dime... I do it for the team because it's a nice thing to do.  Well this summer I took our team softball photos, and the individuals came out awesome!!  I also took a million group shots to make sure we got a good one... well there is one child who closed her eyes in EVERY SINGLE ONE.  I counted, we said cheese, we did the "one, two, three, open your eyes" in case it was a bright sun issue (it wasn't) and this child closed her eyes every time.  Finally I realized I was not going to get a shot with her actually looking at my camera, so I called it a night.  The rest of the kids who were able to smile and look at my cam normally (see every other child) were getting antsy and wanted to run around and play sports, not stand in one spot and smile.  I sent a link with all of the best shots of the day so parents could decide which team photo they liked best and download that one to print or do whatever with.  Well, the mom of the child that cannot keep her eyes open is upset about it.  And I'm annoyed.  EVERY OTHER CHILD (15 total) has a million other awesome group shots, alert, looking at the cam, smiling, eyes open... the problem was not me, it was her child!! LOL- I just wanted to vent my frustration.

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 3:50 am
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as4968
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This is why I HATE/LOATHE/CANNOT STAND photographing kids! I'm sure it comes with experience, practice, etc, but I feel your pain lol

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 7:34 am
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I'm a mommy, so I'm comfortable around kids... but I agree it's challenging for sure!! LOL

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 8:27 am
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The mom made some snide comment about "maybe we'll laugh about it someday..." UGH.  She would have been even more pissed if this were the actual "sports photographer" and she were paying them $50-100 for pictures!!  I'm telling you, this child was impossible!!  Every other kid looks awesome!! LOL

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 8:36 am
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So funny you posted about this. Over the weekend we were at my husband's relative's for a wedding, and we looked at my FIL's pics from childhood to adulthood.  One thing I noticed is his eyes were closed in a lot of them.  The really funny thing is he still continues to do so.  It's not ridiculous like 50% of the pictures, but it's more like 10%, but still a LOT as an adult.


I was joking with DH how come after 60 years he still doesn't learn to keep his eyes open when the shutter is pressed.


Maybe he was like that kid when he was little. lol!

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 9:23 am
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I never count to three for children - it makes them anticipate the shot. I count to 4 or 5 and then shoot before. ;o)  If you ask them to count with you, they smile when they say, "THREE!" and then I snap. Try it.

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm
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I've done 2 soccer seasons and this softballl one and this is the only child I've had this issue with... which is why I think it's her, not me!! LOL  I will give that thing a try when I take our soccer pics in a few weeks, though!! :)

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 4:15 am

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