Monday, October 17, 2011

This or That?

With the text of our "Dear Birthmother" letter approved, it's time to work on pictures.  I've uploaded a bunch to a sharing site and we'll discuss them with our adoption agency sometime later this week.  The most important one is the "Main Profile Pic" which will grace the cover of our letter.  Here is the one we used last time, after I don't know how many tries...

Nice, but what's my left hand doing?

We've narrowed our personal choice down to two photos.  Please weigh in with your comments on which one you think you'd like better, with the mindset that you are a birth mother looking for a family to potentially place your as yet unborn child with.  Why do you like one better than the other?

Picture 1

Picture 2

*Pictures taken by our good friend John Morey from John Morey Photography.


32 comments:

Muttering Mama said...

Picture 1. Though Picture 2 is great because you're both looking at Sabrina (indicating how in love you both are with your child), I think a mom-to-be will respond better to the photo in which you are looking at *her*. It's more direct and captivating.

AlessiFamily said...

I remember that picture from the first time!! Wow how time flies...and the comment about the hand. BAHAHAHA!

I vote picture number 2 for this time. It shows you 3 as a family at home being yourselves on the couch. I love that idea and think it would appeal to a birth mother! ;)

GOOD LUCK! Im so excited for you to begin this journey! We have had discussions about baby Alessi number 3 a few more years down the road!

Shannon said...

I like picture #2. There's so much joy and love in it.

Stacey said...

Picture 2 because it shows the love and attention you give your daughter and her face is soooo happy!
Also there's more closeness in that one.

Kathryn said...

Picture 2. My first thought with picture one was that you were too separate from the other two. Picture 2 is more cohesive.

birthmothertalks said...

I like picture two. Sabrina looks like she bursting with happiness.

allyeis said...

I love photo 2. Photo 1 is a wonderful shot but in the second one, Sabrina's happiness and her daddies' love for her leaps out at the viewer. As Kaitlyn's birthmom I can definitely give you a birthmom's perspective :)

mindfulness said...

They are both beautiful photos and should be included in a variety of pics. But if you have to pic one, I think photo number 2. In number one, you are a bit apart. In the 2nd one, you are all so entwined and Sabrina looks so happy and you can see how her daddies adore her.

So, the first photo is a beautiful family pic, but the 2nd one oozes love and happiness.

Kate said...

I do not like picture one- and I will be honest- it looks like you are seperate from the other two and maybe she will think that you are not as bonded with Sabrina- when picture two really shows that she loves both of you- she is so happy, and that you have made this great family work!

PS- what was your left hand doing? LOL

Valerie said...

Although in general I like picture 2 best, I vote for picture 1. If I were a potential birth mother, I'd want to be able to see your face -- to look you in the eyes, so to speak.

Myla said...

I think you should go with picture #2, I don't like that you are so far apart in number #1. I would question that you are having relationship problems ;-)

A said...

Another vote for number one, because of the eye contact. Eyes are, after all, windows to the soul. You know you can trust someone when you see their eyes smile.

Anonymous said...

LOL at your comment on the rejected pic! I vote picture 2. Sabrina's face tell any woman all she needs to know. Of course, the two of you are adorable in it as well!

CIW said...

I am going to go with Pic number 2-- it looks like a moment caught in time.. just having fun!!!

THIS IS SO GREAT!!!!!!!!

Mike and Tony said...

PICTURE 2! I love that pic and it shows how much you both love your daughter and how much she adores you guys!! Awwwww!

catsandcradles said...

For whatever it's worth, my gut reaction is to go with Picture 1. I think I just find it more eye-catching. As someone mentioned, you're all looking at the camera, and the setting and the composition of the photo are (to me, at least) a little more interesting.

Don't get me wrong, I love Picture 2 as well. The love you guys all have for each other shows through clearly, and Sabrina does look absolutely delighted. But my initial impulse is to look at it briefly, think "Aww, that's sweet", and then move on. I definitely feel like Picture 2 is great and should be included, but for me (and this is only me), I feel like Picture 1 would attract my attention more, and Picture 2 would more seal the deal.

For whatever that's worth. Good luck deciding, though!

Anonymous said...

I vote for picture number one.... Love the eye contact!

Melissa in Durham said...

I like the second. The first one looks too posed, but the second one looks spontaneous and Sabrina looks off the charts happy. I would want to place my child with a couple who could make him or her that happy.

Rachel said...

I would go with picture 1 because it shows your faces. I would want to see your faces if I was a birth mother.

dan said...

Both photos are great but I vote for #2. While you guys aren't looking at the camera in pic 2, Sabrina is..... and she's the happiest kid on the planet at that moment.

Who better to channel the love and joy that exists in your home?

Good luck guys!

Anonymous said...

picture 1

Michael said...

Wow.

I have neither posted on our blog nor read any other blogs for quite some time. Apparently, you guys have been busy!

If ya'll need help converting your letter to PDF or anything, let me know.

Good luck!

Michael said...

I was so caught up in the news that I neglected to vote.

Pic 1
I love the pic of the two of you, but it doesn't show the whole family. My two cents: scrap it at least for this.

Pic 2
I love how all three of you are looking at, well, me (translation = birthmother). The colors are vibrant. This picture speaks volumes...

Pic 3
As a parent, I really respond to how you are engaged with Sabrina. With that said, your leading pic should engage the birthmother. Save this pic for page 2.

growfamilygrow said...

I like the feel of number two best, but honestly it feels chopped. I admit I don't like pictures on sofas, they never look great. If that shot of the three of you was outside with just grass and sky behind you I'd be all over it. I love photo 1 but agree with others that it isn't a good together shot. You're kind of out there and Gregg and Sabrina are together. I have a great idea. You need to make a trip to Tucson, meet Fox( and us) and I'll take your photo.

marjorie said...

I'm not sure if I've commented here before, but I've been following you guys for awhile. My choice would be picture #2. It's just a happy family picture and clearly shows how well loved and happy Sabrina is.

fightpilotswife said...

I vote for #2...pure love! You're all so stinkin' photogenic that it really doesn't make a difference...they're both great pictures. :)

Kate said...

Both are great photos, but for a first impression they say different things. I love photo #2 , it shows a very happy family, but maybe too happy and complete. Photo #1 looks like another child is needed to complete this family! Just says we have room for more! Because of what you want to portray I would go with #2.

Say said...

Picture 2! Picture 2 is the perfect family pic, with baby in the middle getting all the attention, and everybody looks happy and together...and nobody looks dorky, which is always a win.

Laura said...

Picture 2...very loving. How exciting for you!

Kristin said...

What beautiful photos! They both clearly demonstrate what a loving, thriving family you are. But...if your IAC counselor is the same it was last time, and therefore the same as ours was, I would be SHOCKED if either photo will be "accepted." I anticipate you'll hear that the background's unacceptable in photo 1, and that you can't use photo 2 for your main one because you aren't all looking at the camera. Ugh!!

(BTW, I hope you don't mind...I'm linking to your blog from mine. I doubt if it'll bring you much traffic, but I want to encourage you to participate in a project that WOULD likely bring you more attention.)

Bobby said...

LOL @ Kristen! Yes, you know how things work. I was prepared for a battle on that one, but I won anyway!

Kristin said...

Wow! You must be a master negotiator. I'm impressed.

And Bobby, I hoped you might enjoy the interview project. Of course you don't have to participate!