21 December 2008

Adventures In Picture Taking

Below you will find what is likely the most ridiculous picture of us you will ever see. It's from our Christmas card photo shoot Wednesday afternoon. We were at Twin Peaks, where we were running out of daylight. The picture taking had to wait until after Jesse got out of work at 4. He then had to wait for me (because I just had to go to the gym first) and then we had to get the car and find our way. I never doubted we'd find a picture-taker among the tourists, and I was right. However, the woman who volunteered was so fast in doing so, neither of us were ready. I took time to zip my jacket, but not to fix my hat. She took one lovely picture, then asked us to turn and look at each other.

This is not something we have ever done and I do not see us ever doing it again. I turned right away but Jesse hesitated. I knew he was thinking it was ridiculous and he was right. Still, she was doing us a favor and making a genuine effort to leave us with nice options. So I turned and stared at Jesse's profile until he turned as well. Notice my eyes are warning him to keep smiling and to be appreciative. Not him leaning back, as if to say "I know. But I really do not like this." Notice my smile, which is really a laugh at what we were doing. Notice him laughing back.

Again, this is not the picture we chose. It's just not us. But it's there. And I appreciate the woman who took it. And nothing against couples who stage pictures showing them staring into each others' eyes. In fact, more power too them. We'll stay out of your way.