I often get the notion when we’re traveling that I can get the perfect holiday card picture exactly when and where I want it. This may be the ultimate example of the phrase “hope springs eternal” and yet I can’t seem to stop myself. This summer when we were in London, I was certain that a picture of the boys with the lions in Trafalgar Square would be ideal. I love Trafalgar Square, which is kind of like a big living room in the middle of Central London. I love Nelson’s column, so impossibly high. I love Saint Martin in the Fields with its bells and poetic name. And I love those big lions.
Of course, the day we were in Trafalgar Square the boys were goofy and tired. It had rained and an errant drop got on the lens, showing up in a number of the pictures before I realized it was there and wiped it away. The photo above is the best picture I got and I’m sorry to say that it just didn’t make the holiday card cut. Too posed; too awkward; no sense of space or perspective. It’s just off. Of course it is better than this one (note Matt’s arm floating off to the right):
Or this one (although I’m guessing the boys might dispute my artistic judgment here):
Someday maybe I’ll realize that trying to choose the “perfect” holiday card photo before I’ve actually taken it is never going to work!