The Perfect Picture


{Alternative title: I took 1,973 pictures of my kids & all I got was this lousy blog post}

From the moment we stepped foot in the car for the 8 hour drive north, I commenced my mission: To take the perfect picture of all three of my children, in one frame. Looking at the camera. Not a cheesy posed shot, but a natural photograph capturing their true personalities. Admittedly, I was a tad obnoxious in my efforts, but what better place to capture this moment in time than the beach? Beautiful backdrops, sun-kissed children, sunsets galore… I was going to get it, and it was going to be perfect.

For two weeks I gave it my all. I bribed them, only to have my props eaten mid-shot.


I pleaded with them to look at me, only to be blatantly ignored.


And even worse, I had them simply turn their backs on me and walk away.


They gave me smiles so fake I had to cringe,


and crawled out of the holes I set them in.


I joined in to tickle them into smiles,


But still, had nothing.

Then came the last night of our trip. The night that Evan pulled off his diaper and proceeded to run around the yard wearing only a shirt. Too lazy to get a new one, I momentarily forgot about my mission. I half hazardly captured a few shots, not paying attention to his lack of bottoms.

Later that night, when I reviewed my pictures, I discovered something horrible. Something unthinkable: I had captured the impossible– the perfect photo, featuring Ben, Lily, Evan. All looking at the camera, acting like serene versions of themselves, surrounded by glowing light.


Except for one tiny little thing…

perfect picture

It totally serves me right.


  1. 1

    Sarah @Small Slice says

    This is so funny! I’m sure you can photoshop some pants on him!
    .-= Sarah @Small Slice´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

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      Patti says

      LOL all I can do is………..Know exactly what you are saying except I only have one little boy and sometimes the best pictures are the ones that you dont really mean to capture! I just photoshop in a zipper, but love the smiley face! Good job Mom!

  2. 3

    Givinya de Elba says

    You took 1,973 and ended up with this blog post? That was time and memory card well spent! If you’d come up with some perfect posed shots, we’d all smile and click somewhere else. But this – it was great!
    .-= Givinya de Elba´s last blog ..Perfect Little Family =-.

  3. 5


    your children are so beautiful it is like I’m looking at like catalog models.
    .-= jodifur´s last blog ..I Totally Cried At "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" And You Will Not Judge Me =-.

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    Ryan Ashley Scott says

    It totally serves you right, thinking you could get a great shot – he sure gave you one!
    .-= Ryan Ashley Scott´s last blog ..Not Me! Not my husband =-.

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    Amber says

    I am laughing out loud right now! So funny! I’m sorry you didn’t get that perfect Christmas Card shot, but that picture sure is cute!

  6. 8

    christy says

    Oh my god that is too funny – but really Jill, all of those photos above are just gorgeous and totally frame-worthy!
    .-= christy´s last blog ..Another interruption =-.

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    Lolli says

    I laughed out loud at that last picture. It is SO perfect (except for that one tiny thing, as you said.) Oh my goodness–that is the story of my life!!
    .-= Lolli´s last blog ..Give Me Your Best Shot, America =-.

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    Lolli says

    PS–I told my kids the whole story (they’r ein the room with me) and they all had a good old laugh.
    .-= Lolli´s last blog ..Give Me Your Best Shot, America =-.

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    Jennifer says

    I love candid shots and I think all of these are adorable! Looks like ya’ll had a great time on vacation :) Just wait until Evan gets to be a teenager – this will be the perfect blackmail photo!!!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Way to go Chick-Fil-A!!! =-.

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    PattiH says

    Good thing I swallowed my coffee before I came to that last oh-so-perfect shot!
    .-= PattiH´s last blog ..Gettin Better All The Time =-.

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    Michaela says

    That was great! I had to show the post to my husband… who looked at the last picture and said “that’s a really good shot”… before seeing the makeshift “diaper”.
    .-= Michaela´s last blog ..Foto Friday =-.

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    Danielle says

    I just had the shittiest day ever, and this totally made up for it. Thank you!
    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..Happy birthday to me! =-.

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    Starnes Fam says

    This might be your funniest post yet. All so true and you captured the chaos, the fun, the joy… each of these…..and especially the last.

    Carry on, sister! If you ever get the perfect kid shot, come take one of mine. So far, I’m unsuccessful.
    .-= Starnes Fam´s last blog ..Deanna Rose Farmstead =-.

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    McMommy says

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! That was hysterical!!! Can you draw some pants on him with a black sharpie?? :)

    p.s. If not, the lollipop one was FABU! Truly!!!
    .-= McMommy´s last blog ..How to be a Professional and Famous Blogger. =-.

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    Wendy says

    I needed that laugh! That is really funny and such a true depiction of real life. Wonder if that would win a Kodak award???
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Busy month =-.

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    Dani says

    LMAO! That photo is precious – total bribery material for the teen years! Thanks for the smile!!
    .-= Dani´s last blog ..Run-Walk-Run, Six-Year Old Style =-.

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