A few weeks ago the lovely people over at elephoto.ca contacted me to see if I’d be willing to work with them again. Last year, they gave me a store credit to use (I made a family calendar) and I got to give a prize code away to one of my lucky readers. I plan on making another calendar, and I love giving stuff away to you guys, so here we are.

I decided to wait until we did our annual photo for the Christmas card in order to host the giveaway and until Sunday afternoon, I thought that it wouldn’t happen for a few weeks yet. Last weekend was Thanksgiving (and the 10K) and plans to get it done during the week fell through because Matthew was felled by a stomach flu. I had made plans to take family photos for friends this Sunday afternoon, and I’m off to BlissDom Canada this coming weekend, so our own family photo seemed like it was going to have to happen later.

Sunday morning was rainy and cold, so we rescheduled my friend’s photo shoot for this week. I picked up Just Dance 4 and the kids and I spent a good chunk of time learning some new songs and dance moves. Around 3:00, the sun came out, and Matthew suggested that we go get our own family photo done. We freshened up, jumped in the truck, and drove down the road to the area where Matthew and Graham had gone hunting on Saturday morning. The leaves are all turning and he thought it would be a great backdrop for our photo. He was right.

That shot only took a few tries, and while I could try to get one without Graham smirking, it’s just what he does in photos.

(Click on any of the photos to see them in a larger screen.)

My camera remote’s batteries were dead, which meant that I had to go low-tech and use the 10-second timer on the camera for each shot. Bear this in mind as I show you the next few photos.

Matthew suggested we do a ‘fun’ shot, and we decided to jump. The key was figuring out when, exactly, was the best time to jump.

When I saw this on the viewfinder, Matthew’s arms made me start humming ‘Waves of mercy, waves of grace.’

We tried again.

Everyone got sweet air besides me, and Graham looks like he’s being taken out by Emily.

And this one? Oh, my. I burst into giggles whenever I look at it. What is HAPPENING here?

Graham looks like he’s taking a dump, Nathan is BACKWARDS, Matthew looks like he’s singing show tunes, Emily looks caught unaware, and I look like I just spotted a zombie standing behind the camera.

This one is close…

…except that Matthew looks like he’s sitting calmly while his crazy family jumps around him.

This one is closer…

Except that the kids look a little uncomfortable. If … only … we … could … get … off … the … ground.

We tried one more time.

MONEY SHOT. If you’re a FB friend, then you probably saw it when I posted it as my new cover photo.

So! Now that I’ve shared my outtakes, I have one more thing to share. $50 at elephoto.ca for one of you lucky ducks (shipping is not included), and a 15% off discount code for everyone. You get a discount code! You get a discount code! You get a discount code!

The reader discount code is dutchb15 for 15% off of your order, and can be redeemed an unlimited number of times until it expires. The trial and prize codes are valid until January 31, 2013.

To enter: Simply check out Elephoto’s site and tell me what you’d spend your $50 on. Contest open to Canadian residents only, and I’ll draw the winner on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

(Non-Canadians welcome to comment, as always.)

Disclaimer: I received a prize code as compensation for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Obviously.

***Edited to add:

Congrats, Kyla! I’ll email you the code. :)


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  1. K October 16, 2012 8:09 am edit

    I love all the outtakes!!! Thanks for the laugh this morning.
    (I’m not entering the contest as I am not in Canada).

  2. Heathercoo October 16, 2012 11:38 am edit

    Oh my gosh I was laughing so hard at those pictures and your comments for each one. Too darn funny!!

    I would totally do a photo book of pictures from my past year of treatments and hair loss and surgeries and smiles. What a great website!

    Heather xo

  3. Kristabella October 16, 2012 11:40 am edit

    OMG, these are amazing! You should so make your card the series of shots!


  4. Kami October 16, 2012 11:51 am edit

    Love the family shot and the jumping ones, so fun!

    I was not aware of this site, so using it this year for my annual calendar, thank you for the discount code!

  5. Mamamama October 16, 2012 2:25 pm edit

    I feel I must comment once again but this time, purely for my own benefit…

    This post totally cracked me up…I related very well to the multiple attempts required…and I loved the pictures!

    Thank you so much for the discount code! I have been thinking about Christmas cards already and I am totally going to try these out. I would happily spend another $50 on some calendars for the Grandmoms! :)

  6. jacqueline October 16, 2012 3:31 pm edit

    Fun photos!!
    I’d spend the money trying out making the photo books

  7. sizzle October 16, 2012 4:13 pm edit

    The Money Shot is sooo money. Love it. But I also like the one where you look like you saw a zombie. Hilarious.

  8. ioi October 16, 2012 7:23 pm edit

    Ohhh! The choices!! I’d spend the $50 on a combination of some of the following: Photo book, Poster print, Calendar. Your family pictures turned out fabulous though! I’m inspired to try to get some fall shots with my gang now. :)

  9. Ashley S October 16, 2012 7:28 pm edit

    I’d definately choose photo cards! Also, if I could just snuggle the baby that’s in the photo on their home page I’d do that too – such a cutie!

  10. Kyla Roma October 16, 2012 8:25 pm edit

    Love this! I would definitely use it for postcards, I just moved and still need to have “I live here now” cards made for my family & friends.

    Also, I love any contest that’s open to JUST Canadians!! Our day has come… ;)

  11. Hilda October 16, 2012 8:30 pm edit

    Totally photo calendars, love photo calendars. Also. Best family pics ever.

  12. Marta October 16, 2012 10:03 pm edit

    Your family photos are awesome! Love the jumping. We have tried to do shots like these and the outtakes are always so much fun.

    Would love to spend $50 on making some amazing photo calendars. Each year for Christmas, all my dad asks for is a photo calendar of the boys. Not so much me or the hubby ;)

    Enjoy the amazing fall colours.

  13. Stephanie SassyModernMom October 17, 2012 1:03 am edit

    Oh my goodness!! These pictures are simply all kinds of awesome!

  14. Steph October 17, 2012 1:48 pm edit

    Your pictures made me smile! You are all so lovely! :)

  15. Mrs. Wilson October 17, 2012 11:26 pm edit

    And now I’ve got that song stuck in my head … “everywhere I look I see your face…”.

    These photos are fantastic!!! They look like they’re taken at Ferry Island in Terrace. Just beautiful.

    See you in two sleeps!

  16. Lisa October 19, 2012 7:34 pm edit

    I’m not in Canada, but that money shot is money. Fantastic! If only I could take pictures like you. you’re my hero :)

  17. D October 28, 2012 6:36 pm edit

    I am late to the party but I am peeing my pants!

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