Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 Calendar Outtakes---Installment 1

For some reason, I keep thinking that the older the quints get, the easier it will be to take their picture---in reality the opposite has been true. The older they get, the faster they run, the harder it is to get all five in the same picture. Getting all five to be CUTE and HAPPY in the same picture is an even bigger feat! Every year when I am taking the pictures for the calendar, I wonder if I am crazy to even attempt it, but in the end I am always glad that I did it and I love having the calendars as a keepsake.

Last year I posted some of the outtakes and "behind the scenes" stories of the calendar pictures (see HERE and HERE) and I decided to do the same this year. Here is the first installment...

January--105 Pictures taken

I decided early on that the quints HAD to be the five little monkeys jumping on the bed for Halloween one year. When a friend found these monkey costumes at Old Navy, I fell in love with them the moment I saw them. A "jumping on the bed" picture was an obvious necessity! We used the bed in the guest room, dressed the babies in their costumes and let them have at it. They had a great time, and despite lots of falls, we didn't have to call the doctor! It is amazing how much they look alike with only their faces showing.

Kassidy, Rustin, Ryder, Kaydence and Kyndall

Rustin, Ryder, Kassidy, Kaydence and Kyndall

Kaydence, Kassidy, Kyndall, Ryder and Rustin (the fallen monkey)

It didn't take long for the monkeys to tear apart the "set"

Kassidy, Kyndall, Rustin, Ryder and Kaydence

The final result: January's Calendar Picture

February--106 Pictures Taken

My neighbor has a beautiful Rolls Royce replica that we thought would be great for a picture. We were so grateful that he let us use it! He takes meticulous care of his car, so we were surprised when it was his idea to drive the car onto the grass to get a better backdrop.

I shopped around to find outfits for this picture, but never came up with anything. As we were getting ready for the photo shoot, we finally decided that the boys would wear a sweater/pants combo that I found on clearance a while back and was hanging in the closet. When we took the sweaters off the hangers, we realized the pants had suspenders! We were so excited---they were exactly what we needed for our old car picture.

Driving the car on the grass to find a good photo spot.

Riley leading Ryder, Kassidy, Rustin and Kaydence down the hill to the car.

Kassidy, Kaydence, Kyndall, Rustin, and Ryder. This was one of my favorite poses and it was a toss-up between this one and the picture we ended up choosing for the calendar.

Rustin, Rachelle, Kassidy, Mimi, Ryder, Kaydence, Kyndall and Riley. After all that work, I wanted my picture taken with the cool car too!

The Final Result: February's Calendar Picture

March--151 Pictures Taken

This picture was the original inspiration for the umbrella picture:

But, getting everyone to cooperate was harder than I thought! They all wanted to play with the umbrella and run up and down the street (I am sure the neighbors got a good show that day!). We finally decided to bring out the bribes (aka animal cookies) to see if we could get them to stay in one place. Amazingly enough, while GG went back in the house to get the cookies, the quints decided to sit down all together on a small stone ledge. I quickly put the umbrella behind them and we ended up getting a good picture before GG got back with the treats.

Ryder, Rustin, (Kaydence--not seen), Kassidy and Kyndall

Kyndall, Rustin, Kassidy, Kaydence and Ryder (in the background)

Rustin, Kassidy, Kaydence, Ryder and Kyndall

I got lots of pictures like this one---with everyone RUNNING away the second we were ready to take the picture

And they're off: Rustin, Ryder and Kyndall

More running: Kassidy, Ryder, Kyndall, Rustin and Kaydence

Kaydence, Ryder, Kyndall, Rustin and Kassidy---finally a moment when all five were sitting!

Rustin, Kaydence, Kyndall, Kassidy, Ryder

The Final Result--March's Calendar Picture

April--101 Bunny Pictures + 5 Basket Pictures Taken

This picture was a little bit easier because we shot each child individually and then photoshopped everyone into the basket. We actually only bought one girl shirt and one boy shirt and they all shared. Rustin was such a clown during the shoot---he was all over the place.

The basket was quite easy to shoot---it sat still when I told it to and it never once tried to run away!








The Final Result: April's Calendar Picture

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Evie said...

Oh my gosh this is super cute! I still feel obligated to thank you for posting all of this so we all can watch these adorable children grow up!! I still think you should have your own TV show :) much love from Canada!!

baby gifts said...

whoa! They look so beautiful. Having quint on the family is one great blessing for the Good Lord. Bless them. Take good care of them.

Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

I am thoroughly enjoying my 2010 Wilkinson quint calendar. Whilst I make school lunches in the morning or dinner at night, your beautiful children are smiling down from my kitchen wall.

You can see the calendar in this blog post of mine....

I love the outtakes. They are just as gorgeous as the finished calendar!

The Queen Vee said...

The Calendar pictures are fantastic but I must confess I really love the outtakes. All that chaos and energy is my cup of tea/hot cooca.

Pam said...

Oh how cute! I bet the do run all over the place and keep you very busy! I love the pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I cannot even get a decent picture with two 3 year olds. So, I can just imagine how difficult it is with so many kiddos.

I sometimes just decide to postpone the photo shoot!!

mz said...

ohh they are so sweet! Id say you have a bundle of patience too! 150 pictures for just one!

I love reading your blog and watching the children grow up through your stories.

A great blessing indeed- thank you
for sharing and all the time and effort that goes into it so we may share with you the joy of God's blessings

Meridith said...

Thanks for the pictures, they are too cute. Would you mind sharing what type of camera you use? I am looking to upgrade because I can never keep my ONE little one in the shot!


Arian Goodman Johnson said...

Hilarious! What a fun idea to share some outtakes. Makes me appreciate the effort behind the final product even more. Loving my calendar!

Rachelle said...

Meridith--I use a Sony Alpha 350 to take the pictures. It has been a great camera so far!