We've never ever had formal studio portraits. All we had were those taken by Thom at home when he had these kick-ass lights from a friend with whom he does wedding photography rackets. It's just that I prefer family pictures when we travel over staged production number types in studios. But then Blow Up Babies came up with this promotion, and Thom highly recommended it, and I usually just go along with whatever my friends say as part of my strategy to make my life easy. Which explains the presence of my entire brood one Saturday afternoon at the Blow Up Babies studio in Serendra. (Thom is actually also the culprit behind my current obsession with Photobooks. Groan.)
Of course, I had to bribe the boys with a good meal at a resto of their choice to make them cooperate and behave for the whole hour or so it took to shoot 60 million pix. They got into the spirit of it well before the shoot, actually. Boots decided he wanted to wear his Captain America costume, so we figured we'll have some pix revolve around the US or travel theme. I wore my Boston Strong shirt, of course, and brought along my favorite Cath Kidston suitcase as props.
Ate: Naka-USA shirts kayo, pero made in the UK naman suitcase mo!
Me: E hindi mo kase ako binibili ng suitcase made in Boston!
It takes some explaining that the pix have something to do with our being The Traveling Austria Family, tho, so I asked our photographer Bea to Photoshop one version to make the travel theme more obvious. She came up with the one with an old world map as a background. Cool. I love it.
Yoshi for his part wanted to wear his beloved Batman wings. So then we thought maybe we could have something like a Cupid/Valentine/sweetheart theme, with the boys as good and bad angels and Ches and I the sappy lovebirds. Boots borrowed the studio's little angel wings. We should have had a pose with their wings all spread out and a red backdrop, but oh well. Perfection is lame.
Bea: Wow, you even brought your own costumes and props!
Me: Oo nga e. Pasenya ka na, hindi kame masyadong prepared, gumising lang kame na ganito na!
Our last set was Chester's idea. He thought it would be cool if all three of them boys posed shirtless in just their jeans and shades. Dang, if I had Chester's abs I would've gone shirtless, too! Hahaha. I told him next time he's getting pregnant. Groan. Anyways, the boys' bulging bellies are much cuter than Chester's abs can ever hope to be. Like I always say, flat tummies are unnatural, pretentious, and severely overrated. Hahaha.
We call this last set The Gangsta Family. As much gangsta as you can get wearing a studded, screaming pink Hello Kitty watch and a ballerina necklace, that is. I love Yoshi's angas look best of all. So snarky like his own true self. He didn't even have to pose at all. Hahaha.