We needed to update our family picture on our prayer card. It’s over a year old, and the kids grow so fast. However, now that it is winter, we can’t just go shoot a few pics outside in the nice natural light. Everything I have tried indoors brings shadows.
I knew there wasn’t a lot of money in the budget for pictures, especially considering that I needed the digital images so that I could insert the picture into our prayer card. Usually the image CDs start around $150. I was praying about it, and then one day I got onto Groupon. I was just looking for any good Christmas ideas. What popped up? A coupon for JC Penney Portrait Studios (and we have a new one in Brooklyn so I didn’t have to pay a toll). I spend $19.99 to get any three images on a CD, and no sitting fees.
Another blessing in this process – everyone had coordinating clothes that fit right now, so I didn’t have to purchase anything!
We booked the appointment for yesterday. I bathed the day with prayer, asking for good smiles and a good photographer. We prepped the kids. When we left the house it felt like –18* and it was windy. There was snow and slush on the ground – not good for walking four little kids into a picture appointment in their dress clothes. But I kept praying.
I admit – I lost a little faith when the photographer came out to ask what background we wanted. She didn’t seem to know what would be good, and I was starting to get worried. The first appointment ran late, so we sat in the waiting room for close to 45 minutes. My kids were getting grouchy. But I kept praying.
And it turns out she was a great photographer. When we walked into the studio three of the four kids were crying or pouting. But the photographer even got a smile out of Liberty! We did a couple different poses and backgrounds, and I got three good pictures out of it.
My receipt said $169.99, but I only paid $19.99. I got four happy kids and an updated prayer card. I’m so glad God even cares about the little things!