How many adults does it take to pose two children and two dogs for a single photo? The answer? I have no idea.
I decided, in my infinite wisdom, that I wanted to take a stylish photo of my boys for the cover of my new blog. It was a simple idea: just the two boys and the two dogs sat in a row facing away from camera. It should have been simple enough…
The three year old didn’t want to sit still, so we put a Thomas the Train cartoon on the tv and sat him in front of it. He wasn’t going anywhere for a while. Next we sat the baby next to his brother. He also wasn’t going anywhere for a while because he can’t crawl yet. Sucker! The dogs, on the other hand were not going to be so easily convinced.
We tried telling them to sit and stay. Yeah, they thought that was pretty funny too. Wicket just walked away and Ziggy started licking the baby’s feet which prompted the three year old to laugh like a hyena. Not a good picture.
We tried tempting the dogs with treats just out of their reach to keep their interest, but we ended up with arms and various other body parts stowing away in the picture. Not good.
Then when we weren’t looking Wicket stole the treats and ran off into the other room. Ziggy continued licking feet, oblivious to the looting. The baby fell over. Not a good photo.
More treats were offered, this time we tried holding the treats on the floor in front of the dogs while they chewed on them. One, two, three, LET GO! Nope. Ziggy somehow managed to hit the three year old in the face with his treat. Cue ten minutes of over dramatic wailing. Not a good photo.
The baby spit up on the carpet. The dogs ate it. Definitely not a good photo.
Finally, after about 45 minutes of fighting we got our half-second long window of opportunity. Both boys and both dogs were sitting in a line, looking forward away from the camera. It was perfect. It was exactly what I’d been waiting for. The camera flashed, the dogs barked and ran away, the baby fell over again, and the three year old started licking the tv screen.
Was that the one? The dream photo I’d been trying so hard to take? Well, maybe. But we’ll never know because the lens cap was on.