Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Christmas photo shoot...

My heart is full... children are home. Warm weather made a trip to the lake for annual family photos possible. Unfortunately our oldest daughter Micah and her husband Joshua couldn't be with us. 

It always seems like so much work to pull this off each year, but I *love* having these photos to look back on.  Love it!  Here are three of my favorites from this year.

I thought it was neat to have the ducks and Canadian geese behind us in this shot.  What you can't see is that the ground was a minefield of goose, um, "presents" that we had to carefully avoid as we walked.  Yuck! 

Here's how to take a large family Christmas photo: 
1. Try to line everybody up, tallest in back, etc.  2. Remind the little boys to keep their fingers out of their nose.  3. Place the camera on tripod.   4. Try to remember how to set the timer function on my camera.  5.  Get everyone's attention.  6.  Get everyone's attention again!  7. Laugh hysterically over silly little boy antics.  8. Regain everyone's composure.  9.  Get everyone's attention yet again.  10.  Remind little boys to keep their hands down.  11. Push the button on my camera, starting the timer.  12. I run as fast as I can to join the group, while trying to avoid goose poop.  13. I get into my spot and try to look relaxed and "natural".  14. click.

Repeat 15-20 times.  Ironically, the best shots were the first ones in each location!

Here's another one....
And how 'bout one of just the children?
Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!


  1. They turned out lovely. We have our own version of how to take a photo shoot - pretty close to yours, only involving little girls. :)

  2. I had a good laugh over your photo shoot. Isn't that really what happens!

    And the 'try to look natural' too funny!!

    Merry Christmas~


  3. Our favorite quote that we have used often is "Is it pointing at you?" Sometimes the pictures have their own behind the scenes memories, like the "presents". Very fun and familiar!! Have a wonderful Christmas with everyone! Thanks for being my friend!


  4. Merry Christmas, to your family may it be filled with blessings and joy!

    Great pictures, fun to get so many looking and smiling!

  5. LOL Susan! The geese are from here and I *do* know what you mean!! Great photos...how wonderful that you were all together...sorry your oldest girl and her husband were missing though. :( May the LORD bless you throughout the coming year my friend!

    With love,

  6. I'm woefully behind in my blog reading, but I thought, "Susan is like me...she needs a remote shutter release for her camera!" :) They're relatively inexpensive (at least when compared to lenses and flashes and all that other stuff!) I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have started on a blessed 2011

  7. Just stopped in to let you know I am missing you in this bloggy world Susan...but I *do* understand!! And family MUST come first! Trust all is well?

    Sending you (((hugs))) from Canada!

    Many blessings,


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