Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family: Picture Chicken

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Picture Chicken

I dread the process of getting good photos. I went to Sears this year, as it would save me about $500, and the photos are about the same, in my opinion. Erik heard me say, "Do you want your picture taken?" but interpreted the last two words as "picture chicken," so that is what he kept repeating all morning. As it turned out, he ended up being a little chicken. Because of his fears of any sounds the camera and lights might make, his anxiety ramped up to a new level, and it was difficult for three of us to convince him to lower his hands down from being clamped over his ears. It was even more difficult than last year, and I felt my heart sink as his face turned cherry red and he began to cry, refusing to comply with any of our instructions. As usual, though, the young things working in the studio captured almost every fleeting smile on his lips. They even shot photos of him covering his ears, working with what they could get. An added bonus was that the door was left open, and the room was a pleasant temperature first thing in the morning. That meant that even though I crawled around over the filthy floor attempting to make Erik smile, there was no river of back sweat being channeled down my butt crack this year.

At the end of the session, I felt like ripping my hair out by the roots and sobbing. When I was allowed to view the end result, though, I rediscovered how beautiful my baby is to me. My heart actually skipped a beat.

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Blogger Nicole said...

Oh Nancy, he is gorgeous! What a sweetie. I totally get how awful the picture thing is. It is nearly impossible to catch Emerson with a good smile. And if you ask her to "smile", you end up with a squinched up face like she is smelling poo. :)

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! He did a great job!

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Auntie Cinnamon~ said...

I can't imagine and I almost can't believe that it is so hard for Erik to get his picture taken... because every year his picture turns out sooooooooooooooo PERFECT and soooooooooooooo ADORABLE!!!

I want one!!!

And hats off to you for crawling around on the floor in trying to help Erik out, you rock as a mom, you know that right?! And a big woo-hoo for no crack sweat!!! I about choked when I read that part!! You are crazy girl but I love you!

Give that sweet boy a hug from me!

6:49 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Those came out just beatuiful!!

2:39 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

They are gorgeous. If you think that is bad, imagine group pictures. 3 girls with very strong personalities and one downright ornery, squirmy 2 year old. Now that is something to make you pull your hair out.:) Did Erik go through a time sounds didn't bother him? I ask this because Noah had issues as an infant and outgrew them. Then this summer he slowly started having minor issues and it is continuing to escalate. He now looks at you for reassurance every time there is any noise, especially if he doesnt' know where it is coming from. He doesn't pitch a fit but he definitely shows distress. Just wondering if this is normal or if he is just working mom.

3:47 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

awww...what awsome pictures! We have the same experience at the photographer and I dread going this year as well. He is beautiful!

5:26 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Very lovely photos. This is weird, but I don't take Avery to the studio to get shot. The couple times that she has been, I hated the way they looked. She did not look like herself, so now I never go. I am glad you do!xoxo

6:36 AM  
Blogger jbgrinch said...

great pictures he has a nice smile.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Tes said...

Skipped beats gotta love them!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

awe... he is a handsome fella!

7:35 AM  
Blogger Every minute counts.... said...

He does take good pictures. I think that Sears does a great job, that is where the last pics of my kids were all taken.


9:03 AM  
Blogger Kerry said...

Can he BE any cuter???

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Leanne said...

Hey Girlfriend -- What great pictures! If you could e-mail one to my parents my dad's heart would melt! He really is touched by that GREAT boy of yours as we all are! I know you have been having a rough time but don't forget my thoughts and prayers are with you even when we don't talk or see eachother often! We will need to plan another girls day/weekend! Hugs to you! Hang in there.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I love these pictures! I think they came out so beautiful and no one would even guess what a difficult time you and Erik had actually getting these pictures done!

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, I want to say I stumbled upon this page, surfing the web. I hate to bring this to your attention, but, suffice it to say, there is a man, who has taken a stage name, he is a European DJ, that produces music of the "Techno" variety. He calls himself William's Syndrome, Of which, he does not suffer from. But you know what, I'm glad I found this blog. I'm 29 years old, I'm a guy and my fiance of 7 years and I are planning our wedding, and we're to be married in July, 2013. Her and I don't have kids yet, but of course plan on it some day. My heart is broken, looking at these pictures of your son, not because I feel bad, but because... and I can't place it, it's something about him, a twinkling in his eye perhaps, that tears me to shreds. :( He looks so precious, I hope that you are so proud that he is among all of us on this planet, because I can understand that this place we call home, Earth, sometimes seems so unforgiving. Some people have more than others in the way of material things, but to be a fly on the wall with even the most seemingly successful people, I have no doubt, you'd find the proverbial skeletons within their closets too. Everyone suffers, everyone goes through trials and tribs, as I have myself. As stated, I don't have children yet, but I'm so parent oriented, I can't wait, as I know I will spoil them rotten, and devote my last breath to them! I already do with my nieces and nephew. I sob as I write this because, I can empathise; I can't know personally, but I can empathise, and to know that a child with a face as yours has, with I'm sure, a comparable personality, :) is an absolute blessing, in an otherwise unsure world. Nobody's perfect, and I regret that imperfection can take the form within us personally, but persaverence is, in my opinion what makes us Human. God bless you and your family, and I'm so glad to have found this blog, it's humbling to me, to know that people can truly make it in life, with hardships, because I was the one person you could've ever known, that when hardships came his way, I was the most reclusive, stuck-up, blame the world, I don't give a blank, about anything anymore, type of guy you could ever meet, in my younger years. Peace to you, and I know it was long, but thanks for reading, just the same. -Brad

3:02 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Dear Brad -- Congrats on your upcoming wedding! And thank you for your comment. I wouldn't have chosen to be a parent of a child with WS, but it has been amazing. My boy changes the people around him, including me, and, while the world isn't always kind, he is happy, anyway, with a bright future ahead of him. I'm the luckiest mother in the world. I wish you nothing but happiness in the future. God bless you, too!

8:48 PM  

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