We tried to take a great Christmas picture this year. It just didn’t work out how I’d hoped, but I’m going to share the shots anyway because they’re festive. I had this vision of a gorgeous image in front of the bougainvillea with poinsettias adorning Knight’s bridle. Not so.
Photo Fail #1: The Photo-bomber
I was bummed about the dumb chain link fence showing up in the background along with this random guy! And holding those flowers like that made me feel like a slacker bridesmaid. Knight looks rather perky and cute, however.
Photo Fail #2: Knight, the Quarter Horse
Don’t get me wrong, I love Quarter Horses, but this shot made me think I was in a showmanship class and doing it all wrong. Actually, this picture is growing on me because a couple of weeks ago I felt like Knight was too skinny and ribby and looking really angular all over. This photo is the truth. I embrace Knight’s Thoroughbredness and feel like the angle of this shot overemphasizes his booty. (I also didn’t brush him other than his face because I thought we were just doing face shots). But that tail!
Photo Fail #3: My Little Depressed Pony
I didn’t have any greens other than the garland I bought from Trader Joe’s from a couple of weeks ago that is providing dramatic effect for my nativity scene. I almost stole it from Mary, Joseph and Jesus to wrap around Knight’s neck like all the cool kids are doing on Instagram, but when I lifted the garland up, I realized it had dried out and the needles were going to shed all around my house. So in a quick stroke of genius I plucked out poinsettias from my two plants in the kitchen. Well, I thought Knight was going to look cute, but I realized he was “into” wearing flora on his face.
Photo Fail #4: You WILL Love Me, Horse!
Knight doesn’t usually have a very high head carriage and so I was trying to do a cute shot with my hand on his face. As he took the picture, Mark said, “You know it looks like you’re squatting.” I figured if it was cropped properly, even though I was squatting it would look fine. But instead it looks like I’m a crazed person who loves her horse way more than the horse loves her. Which is actually the case.
Intermission: Now I’m at the point where I’m thinking, “Where’s the green or red sweater?” A yellow striped sweater just doesn’t say “Christmas.” I don’t even think Mark likes the sweater because when I put it on, he said, “That’s really 70s.” I don’t have a red sweater–I was going to wear a red dress, but it was in the dirty laundry (of course). I just bought a green sweater this week but it’s a darker, non-Christmas green. I thought it might be too subdued for the picture.
Note to self: Put “procure red and or Christmas green sweater for Christmas photo” in Google Calendar for December 1, 2018.
Photo Fail #5: What is With the Crazy Eyebrows, Hubby?
Last I remember, I did not marry The Joker. I understand trying to open your eyes wide to not look tired, but I think Mark overdid it. Just a little.
Finally, A Suitable Photo
And now for a picture that actually turned out okay. I have so much respect for photographers because it sure is hard work. Props to my gals Vanessa, Carolyn, and Kerri who make it look easy. And now that I think about this some more, next year I need to outsource our Christmas photography. (Note to Self #2: Add to Google Calendar “Schedule photographer.”)
Merry Christmas from Susan, Mark, and Tiz A Knight! Thanks for reading!
I’d love to read your comment: Did you have a good Christmas? And did you get any sensational photos?
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