The photographic explorations of a former film student.

Family Portrait

Creating a group portrait can be challenging, especially if you are part of the group you are trying to photograph. The hardest part? Getting the portrait scheduled was a great deal more difficult than I thought it would be. We may be a family, but we’re also four different people with our own obligations and hobbies. Finally, it came together. Not the ideal time, but I know my family. If we keep putting something off, it will never get done. This is only our third family portrait. In the first, only three of us had been born. In the second, we were caught unprepared at a company picnic. It’s a nice photograph, but we’re in our shorts and it’s five years old. Time for another family photo. Sorry kitties, we couldn’t accommodate your schedule. Catworld is beyond our comprehension. So I set up in the shade late one afternoon, varied head heights, used a little fill flash, and proceeded to direct my family and hope I looked OK darting in at the last second. Ta-da. This photograph made possible by persistence and the self-timer.


Next Week: Nature or Classic Camera


One response

  1. Very nice photo!

    October 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

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