This is part 1. Part 2 will be tomorrow. You may want to grab some tissues for this long sad story. I apologize for the length, but to truly understand the nightmare considerable explanation is required.
Once upon a time there was a family from Utah, but one of the children had moved off to Oregon with his wife and children, and another was living in Washington with her husband and children. Then a wonderful thing happened, both of the out of state families were going to visit Utah the same week. The natural thing to do was to have a family photo, as this may never happen again.
The nightmare begins.
Trying to put together one time when Everybody can meet for a portrait is more than just a challenge and as it turned out was impossible because even when everyone else could meet two of the older granddaughters could not get out of obligations at that time.
Next problem - part of one family had only a 30 minute window, so to include them the location had to be where they would be. Unfortunately the best place available was a park with no chance of a decent background.
Are you getting the picture here: (no pun intended - but it is a good one) Everyone in a hurry, much less than ideal location and two people missing. Not to mention a bunch of young children who are so easily distracted and have a 10 second attention span.
Okay, I'll admit it. It was my family and I was going to be the photographer with the help of a friend who would attempt to get everyone looking at him and smiling while he clicked the shutter.
I would not have arranged the group as you see here with all the men seated and the ladies standing, but I received certain "requests" and so that was how it was done.
The good news:
1. Everyone who could be there was pretty close to on time and looking their best - we had coordinated our clothing as you can see.
2. We found a spot where everyone was in the shade and fairly evenly lit.
The bad news:
1. Remember we are missing two members of our family.
2. Kids will be kids. Remember the part about the attention span?
3. Even though I had painstakingly focused the camera, somehow the camera had got jostled and the focus was slightly off as well as the group isn't even centered.
4. The girl on the far right was hidden behind her sister in every single shot.
5. The best background we could find was still terrible.
Perhaps the last time, at least for many years, that the whole family would be together and this is what we get? Truly a nightmare. The photo above was the best of the most people. Every large family photo is a compromise to pick the best, or in this case maybe, the least bad.
Do not despair. Come back tomorrow for a much happier ending. I will show you what had to be fixed and the finished product.
Click here to see the happy ending.