We took these family photos in September, but I've been saving them until now.
You would think my family would be pros at doing family photos, with me being a photographer and all. Not! Every year it's the same thing. We get to the park and we are the same as every other family that comes for family photos...not relaxed at all. I'm all stressed and bossy because I'm having a bad hair day, and because I'm trying to get all the people and equipment set up perfectly. So Harold tries to lighten the mood, but gets really silly and can't sit still...so I get all kinds of goofy shots that aren't good for anything. This slows the entire shoot down, so Kristian gets grumpy and impatient with me for taking so long because he's now hungry/hangry. And Hannah just patiently stands by, putting up with all of us, and poses her selfie poses. And then I'm running back and forth from the camera to the family to check the shots....tripping over ant hill clumps and gopher holes..trying not to look sweaty and cranky. All of us getting bitten by mosquitos...and having to stop to scratch. Sigh...
We always manage to get some nice family photos though. And the memories! The whole experience creates family memories!! In fact, as I was putting this post together the whole family was standing around my computer laughing our heads off! We can't wait to do it again!
And here's our bloopers!
This is our imitation of "in the moment" lifestyle photography,
because if we did lifestyle photography with our family this is what it would look like.