I think my favorite part of being a Dad is not having to be in any pictures any more. Don’t get me wrong, the kids are great and cute and it is amazing watching them grow every day, but it is such a relief to not have to be in front of that camera anymore.
My wife has been a picture fanatic ever since the hard drive crashed on our computer in 2005. I think that she believes if she takes an excruciatingly large number of photos everyday that all the lost shots on that computer will somehow be resurrected. If you think I’m exaggerating, have a look at her Facebook page!
But from the day the kids were born she has had new starring characters and I’ve been relegated to “Behind the Scenes Bafoon.” This is a role that really doesn’t bother me too much, it is leaps and bounds better than posing over and over again for shots of us in front of the pretty Maple, “before the leaves change.” “What is a Behind the Scenes Bafoon?” You may be asking…
A BtSB is the Jack Ass that stands behind the photographer to make sure that when the picture is snapped that each baby is:
- Looking at the camera
- Not holding a toy in front of their face
I specifically said that the BtSB stands behind the photographer, if you stand to the side, of course the children are going to follow you with their eyes and ruin the shot. So you have got to be directly behind – this has been explained to me many times, in multiple languages and varying tones of voice. The second most important thing is that the children are smiling in the photo. These pictures will be on Facebook within the hour and the goal of any Facebook page is to make it appear that your children never cry, and are developmentally advanced, no matter the life-stage. So smiling is critical. Finally toys are to be held by the adults, who use them as props as they bounce around like Bafoons trying to induce points one and two, mentioned above from the children.
I guess life has its trade-offs and for me this is mine. But I’ll take it; at least I don’t have to hold the camera up-side down and backwards anymore repeatedly trying to get the perfect shot in front of that Maple.