How to take a beach picture --a photo essay
Step one: Decide that it is TOO FAR and TOO SANDY to walk to the beach to take a beach picture, scout around the house to find the best spot, rearrange HEAVY deck furniture to make sure you have the best look...this is essential when there are 8 photographers in the house...
Step two: Coerce all the small children to take off their bathing suits and get clean. Order pizza, let them smell pizza and tell them they can't eat it until after they have taken 50 pictures and remind them they have to smile and look happy!
Step three: Coerce the dads that they have to do step two as well, even if they whine "don't wanna..."
Step four: Arrange the grandparents in the center, for they are always in the center of our lives (and bank-rolling most of the week allows them that privlege)Comfort the littlest cousin who fell down in the chaos. Make sure he feels love, but remind him stuffed lambies are not allowed in the picture. Comfort him some more. Change your mind and leave lambie in, notice he smiles in all the pictures
Step five: Quick shove the rest of the kids around Mumma and Poppy. Take at least 30 pictures (thank you creator of digital cameras!) Yell, giggle, dance and look like idiots to make them smile. Secretly be happy that they do not have cameras to shoot back at you (thank you for bad cell coverage that kept the teens cameras in the backpack)
Step six: Realize OH CRAP, all the kids are clean and in the picture. Maybe we ought to throw ourselves in there as well. Thank the high heavens that your sister actually read the manual that came with her camera and has an art degree in photography and knows how to work the timer. Nobody wants to go next door and ask the Latvians to take our picture.
Step seven: As the oldest, the responsible one, post the one group picture that you look the best in, even if everyone else looks goofy, because you can, "IT's MY BLOG"
Posted by Kathleen at 10:13 PM