Tuesday, December 1, 2009

can't decide....

My sister snapped some pictures of us at Bear Lake last summer and we can't decide which one to use for our Christmas picture. My kids vote for the standing one, but I like how happy we are in the sitting one, and Dave doesn't care. He and Max are just pleased as punch that we have a picture, and that they won't have to suffer through taking another one.

I'm curious as to what people outside of our family think, because seriously, I'm the worst person at making decisions on the face of the planet, even for dumb little things like this. If anyone has any votes to throw our way, please speak up!Lucy's not looking in this one, but seriously, I'm in love with how she's looking at Claire.

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  2. Beautiful family you have Shawni, love both pics! I'd go with the sitting one just because it's a close up and everyone is so bubbly!

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  3. I vote for the sitting one too because you all look so close, comfy and happy...Darling family and I love your blog! Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  4. Hi! I have been following your blog for a little while now via your new sister in-law Anita. Yesterday, I tried to follow the link in regards to your book and link, so that I could post it on my blog, but it didn't work. Also, not that my opinion matters, but I really like the sitting photos better. While both are nice the sitting one everyone looks so happy.

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  5. I vote for the sitting one too, I like seeing smiles!

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  6. Merry Christmas Shawni! I LOVE the "sitting" picture!

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  7. You asked...so I say go with the sitting one for Christmas pic: you look close and happy - like your family is! The standing up one is gorgeous... but I would frame that one for the home not for cards. Good luck!!!

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  8. my 2 cents:

    The standing one is beautiful and kind of art-sy, like a great PR photo for a magazine. Truly, the setting, exposure, everything is gorgeous.
    But, when I get Christmas cards from friends and family, I want to see their faces. Up close. I want to soak-in their smiles and expressions because {generally} they are far away from me and I miss them. So I vote sitting.

    {PS- I love the way Lucy's looking at Claire, too. That's a heart-melter. Good luck, I'm terrible at deciding between "great" and "great" too.}

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  9. I vote for the sitting one too. I think the expressions are perfect, especially on sweet little Lucy. Love it!!

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  10. I like both but I like the standing one better.

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  11. can't go wrong, both are absolutely beautiful pictures of a wonderful family.

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  12. i like sitting one!!

    i miss you guys! i'll send you photos of when i was there.

    love you!

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  13. Sitting...love all the expressions and being able to see all of your faces. Those pictures are fabulous! Have a great week with your parents!

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  14. I like the sitting one.

    Then maybe you could print out the standing one on sticker paper, and stick it to the back of the envelope to seal it?

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  15. I would go with the sitting one....

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  16. so, most people are saying they love the sitting one. i do too, but i think you should use the standing one because you can tell that you're at and literally standing in bear lake, which is a place that means so much to your family. i too love that lucy is looking up at claire. i'm just a sucker for pictures that tell more of a story.

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  17. I ouldn't choose if I had to...both are adorable!

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  19. I love the standing one with everyone in the water at your beloved Bear Lake. But you can't go wrong. Good luck!

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  20. I vote sitting because the water cutting off your feet looks a little odd to me in the other. They are both beautiful though.

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  21. I read your blog as a friend of a sister of a friend of yours, and I love it. The sitting one definitely gives me more a feeling of what your family is all about from what I've read. You can feel the love and closeness and happiness more.

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  22. Have to go with the majority and say I love the first one--so cute of all of you!

    And I am right there with you in the lack of decision making skills...

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  23. Love the sitting one- on a card, you'll be so SMALL, I like how your faces are clearer to see in the sitting pose.

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  24. Sitting one for Christmas cards.

    Standing one for a big framed picture for the home!

    You can't go wrong with either picture.

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  25. I am a friend of a friend of yours. I love peeking at your blog every once in awhile. I'm inspired by your devotion to your family. You seem to be very involved in doing good. I like that. Great Family pictures I also like the sitting one.

    I love the lucy blocks that you made. Was that hard?? If you arn't to busy would you mind telling me how you made them.

    Again.... Excuse me for commenting on your blog. But I love seeing all of the good that you are doing.

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  26. Sitting - how perfect is that picture - everyone looks so happy! Love your blog!

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  27. The standing one is great, but seriously, just one look at Lucy in the sitting one made up my mind! Either way, though, you really can't go wrong!

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  28. You can't go wrong with either one love them both!!!

    Love,

    Lauren

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  29. they're both just beautiful but for your Christmas card, I like the closer one better. I think the standing pic would be fabulous blown up and framed on your wall.

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  30. They both look great but I LOVE number ONE the best.

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  31. Hi. I love reading your blog. I love the sitting picture because everyone is smiling and close up!

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  32. I love the sitting one, it just contains so much joy. The standing one is beautiful too, but I like the intimacy of the sitting one more for Christmas cards.

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  33. I just love your blog! I've never commented but well now I am... I love both the pics but especially the top one! You have a stunningly beautiful family! Merry Christmas!

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  34. They are both fabulous..however I am going with the standing. You can see where everyone fits in the familly and I love little Lucy w/sis.

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  35. I like the close up one and would love to look at that on my fridge year round...

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  36. Love both, but the sitting one shows off everyone's beautiful face, especially Lucy's who's head is turned in the standing one.

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  37. You have a beautiful family. My favorite that draws me closer and to see the love for the family is the one where you are all sitting down. The smiles capture everything.
    Heather Wilson
    Terri Maxwell's sister)waraffst

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  38. love them both but the sitting one is my favourite

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  39. Ooh, is this going to really help you make up your mind? ;) Divergent opinions! They are both so beautiful, my word. I'd vote the sitting one because you're hugging and close, but do something amazing with that standing one. It's dreamy.

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  40. Wow...you are so pretty...its no wonder your children are all so beautiful. They are both amazing photos. I think the sitting one belongs on the card. Lucy's smile is priceless and you can see your faces so well, but please put the standing one on canvas and hang it over your fireplace (if they have those in AZ?) cause it captures the "essence" of your amazing family. Good luck!

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  41. oh man, they're both just so cute. I guess I'm with you and would go with the one that shows more personality. I do love the way Lucy is looking up at Claire though.

    Good luck!

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  42. definitely sitting!
    you're all so bubbly/happy and bunched up keeping all the love tight!

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  43. sitting for the Christmas card, standing one to frame in your home!They are both gorgeous!

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  44. Both beautiful, but I go for sitting...I love how close up everyone is, and how happy can one large family be? :)

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  45. The sitting one, te rog! I love it :)

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  46. Love both, but the sitting one looks more relaxed.

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  47. I'm a friend of Saren's and love to read your blog. Your devotion as a mother and your passion for Lucy's cuase is wonderful.

    Both are beautiful shots, but I adore the one sitting down.

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  48. I like the standing one actually! I just LOVE the water in pictures though and I do like how Lucy is looking at her sister like she adores her so. Can't go wrong with either!

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  49. I love them both, but I would have to vote for the sitting one -- you just can't beat the look on Lucy's face!! Everybody who looks at that one will walk away smiling -- its a very contagious photo.

    Love it. Love you!!!

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  50. The fact that you have two pictures and can't decide makes me jealous. We can never even get one. I'm gonna have to go against the popular vote and say the standing one simply because of the way Lucy is looking at her older sister. If Lucy were facing the camera and smiling, I'd probably say the sitting one too, but that little look of admiration makes that standing picture special and sweet, and I'm a sucker for capturing siblings love for one another.

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  51. Both are soooo great. From a photographer's standpoint I like the standing on the best. The way you guys are positioned and the lighting are so awesome. Your outfits are perfect. What a gorgeous family.

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  52. the second one hands down! the lighting is AMAZING!

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  53. now that i read everyones comments and everyone seems to love the sitting one I will again vote for the standing one same reason... AMAZING lighting :)

    that counts for 2 right?

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  54. the first one is so full of joy. i vote that one. the standing one is more artistic not as joyful. for christmas...joy.

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  55. I vote for the 1st one even though you aren't looking for family suggestions:)

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  56. First one. I like to really be able to see the family well when I receive Christmas pictures.

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  57. Shawni, They are both gorgeous, of course, but my favorite is the standing one!
    Angela

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