Gwen's feet are growing so fast that I often wonder if it might actually be painful. A few weeks ago, she was a size 9 and Maddy was a size 8.5. Now she's, at least, a size 10 and Maddy is still a size 8.5. She has only one pair of shoes that fit and the other 80 pairs of shoes are exclusively for Maddy (something Maddy is quite happy about).
We set out this morning in search of (cheap) new shoes and hoped to find a nice comfy pair of boots to last through the winter. As mid-afternoon quickly approached, we planned to finish our shopping at the local mall with one quick sweep of Target but before we made it through the red doors, we were approached by an agent of a popular mall photo studio who promised a free photo in exchange for letting one of their new photographers practice on the girls.
Since this morning's shopping experience wasn't too bad and I still had a smidge of a some sense of humor left intact (and some time to kill before nap time), I accepted her offer. But I warned her that my kids don't score high marks for cooperating during photo shoots. I added that they're almost certain not to make eye contact with the lens of any camera and certainly not a camera manned by a total stranger. In other words, her new employee/photographer would WORK hard for the free 10 by 13 portrait they promised me. My little darlings threw her a perfect smirk at that very moment just to drive home my point.
So we entered the studio and, to my utter shock and amazement, they worked some kind of magic. They played stupid peekaboo games with my daughters (that never work when I do it) and offered up their best photo props. In the end, Maddy was "bought" for a red scooter and Gwen sold her soul for a really lame fabric "drum" that didn't even function as a drum!
They took 11 photos and almost all of them turned out fabulous. Compare this to the hundreds of photos we might take in a single session (that results in, maybe, 2 or 3 good shots) and you can see why I'm feeling pretty inadequate right now.
They weren't dressed up. Their hair wasn't fancy (or even brushed!) and the props were really pathetic. But they're soooo adorable! Here at some of the photos we didn't buy but might because, really, how is a parent supposed to resist?