Traditional, eye pleasing, balanced family portraits with each individual arranged perfectly have always been a challenge for me. I would not last long as a church directory photographer. While it is good to document a period in time for a family unit, we adults don’t seem to like how we look in portraits. (Oh, I look so old, fat, my ankles appear too thick, can you give my husband 6-pack abs and a smile? While you are at it, thin my thighs and waist…) Then to find a background in the midst of Christmas chaos. Oh, my.
So, for the annual holiday card, rather than striving for the “perfect” portrait I decided to celebrate our imperfect, unique, quirky lives with a photo that embraces reality. We are all leading lives that cover quite a wide spectrum of vocations, educations, interests and then you add a two-year-old. It is what it is.
Thank you to my mother-in-law for crawling up onto a step ladder to capture this chaos.
Canon 5D Mark 2, Canon 24-70 L lens, ISO 3000, Gary Fong flash diffuser on a Canon 580 speedlight
I leave you with a toast for 2014: Here’s to another year of experience.