‘Are you sure you don’t want to put trousers on?’ We can all relate to Victoria Beckham’s chaotic Christmas photoshoot
Getting four kids and three dogs to stand still for the 2 seconds it takes to snap that adorable family picture is a feat that even Victoria Beckham struggles with
“Dogs, sit!” the former Spicegirl screeches as she tries to rally her children in front of the Beckham family Christmas tree to take their family snap for the annual Christmas card.
This week, the 46-year-old fashion designer shared the hilarious behind-the-scenes footage at the photoshoot which saw Brooklyn, 22, Romeo, 19, Cruz, 16, and daughter Harper, 10, struggle to pose for the camera and control their pets at the same time.
It begins by Victoria criticising her children’s choice of outfits. She asks Brooklyn, the eldest “are you sure you don’t want to put trousers on?” as her four children stand awkwardly by, unsure of how to pose.
Decked in loose shorts, he gives a curt “no” in response. Cruz displays his festive jumper proudly, to which Victoria says “excellent, that sums up your personality.”
They say never to work with children or animals, but as parents, it’s pretty much all we work with
“It’s a Christmas card, guys. This is meant to be a nice thing to do” she pleads with them as their dogs jump around excitedly Even the youngest child, 10-year-old Harper has her say. “This is a very sad Christmas” she groans playfully.
As VB finally grabs the snap she was hoping for she sings with mock-cheer, “Fa la la la la, la la la la.” The short snippet of family life going awry around the Christmas tree is hugely relatable.
There is always one sticking out a tongue, or clad in goth-black refusing to participate in the forced joy of the most wonderful time of the year.
My children’s ages mean that you need to physically catch and hold onto them for the snap, all the while ensuring the tree doesn’t get pulled down or one sibling hits the other while so closely pressed together. “He’s touching my skin!”
They say never to work with children or animals, but as parents, it’s pretty much all we work with. Add granddad into the mix after a few sherries and you can guarantee eyes will be closed, or someone will be obscured by the giant teddy Santa brought earlier that day.
It is the messy loveliness of this time of the year. Chaos abounds, and as we ooh and ahh over celebrity snaps and filtered families on our social media it is a nice reminder that ultimately, we are all the same.
We are all that parent, sweating to get the best, most perfect family snapshot..and usually failing drastically along the way.