We have a standing family joke about the quality of photographs and videos that get taken. I don’t want to think about the number of good photo opportunities lost to bad lighting, unintended floor shots, moving targets, and prior to the digital cameras, exposed film. Videos from the Schlueters have already been written about. Tom’s action shots of non-moving things like, say, statues, are (in)famous.
If the lighting is right, the child is moving. If the child is not moving and is posing perfectly, the lighting is terrible. Tom blames the cameras we buy. I have threatened, ominously, to buy a very, very expensive camera and take photography classes to salvage some decent photos of our kids’ childhoods, but I never follow through. I’ve learned to appreciate blurred, fuzzy shots of my family. Sometimes that’s all we have. So here are a few lousy photos that I like for one reason or another.