Friday, November 14, 2008

Photostory Friday and the most exhausting hour of work ever!

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

I've mentioned earlier this week that Joubert participated in his school concert last week and that I was asked to take photographs of all the children in their costumes. The teachers and I thought it best to get the photographs out of the way before the start of the concert as the children tend to disappear after they are finished with their acts. The concert started at 18h30 and the children was due to arrive at 17h30 to get dressed up and have their photos taken. I tried to warn everyone involved that this arrangement gave me very little time to photograph all 72 - yes SEVENTY-TWO- children before the actual start of the concert, but they paid me no mind. They could not be bothered with a small detail like this, as they had many other difficulties to deal with. I sighed, stressed, cursed a little and bit all my nails down to the quick. I then went for the tried and tested technique of ignoring the problem and deciding to deal with it when it came up.
Well. Suffice to say that I almost DIED. It is a miracle that I could actually revive myself to the extent of being able to watch my own child being an absolute star on stage. I won't go into too much detail, but after standing around whilst hyperventilating for 20 out of the given 60 minutes to capture 72 little darlings on my memory stick, I suddenly changed into a frenzied blur of a person, sweating profusely while giving instructions in a high manic voice, all the while flashing a crazed fake smile. I got the job done. That much is true. All the kids looked their best and will cherish these pics for years to come. That much is NOT true.

Some refused to smile (honestly, wouldn't you?)

Others expressed their disgust quite effectively.

A few decided to drive me batty by deciding not to look at the camera.

Then my lights over-heated, resulting in the ominous shade...

Certain kids seemed to have been waiting for this opportunity all year!

And others were born for the limelight.

But thankfully (hallelujah!) some little angels from heaven stood in the right place, looked into the camera and s m i l e d.

And I lived another day.
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MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh Karin. I'm sitting just giggling at the MERE THOUGHT of trying to shoot all these kids (that first shot is just so hilarious). I'd say you did AWESOME! Seriously, these were great!

You are obviously a professional. I'd have walked after that first mug! :)

Firefly said...

Very cute pics. I had a nice laugh trying to imagine you sitting there with beads of sweat on your brow stressing away. Great work. Hard on the night but rewarding when you looked at it afterwards.

Ann said...

That sounds like hell on earth, great job though, I can honestly say that would be my worst nightmare, such a short time and so many little people......eeeek!!!!

earthlingorgeous said...

Awwww I could imagine the chaos of managing to picture 72 kids! But you did great! Those pics even if some weren't looking looks good!


Anonymous said...

72?! Bless you! I cannot imagine.

Jeanette said...

Holy moly, in an hour!! well done, love all the images.

Chris said...

I cannot believe you pulled that off! I would have been reaching for the happy pills. The pictures look great.
Take the rest of the week off.

Reluctant Housewife said...

Wow. Good job managing to get a picture of each in that short amount of time! The pictures here are great - even the not smiling ones.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

awesome - love and adore the second child's face!!!!!

Cecilia said...

You did an amazing job! Great pictures!