Thursday, July 24, 2008

Family Pictures

Here are some pictures of the whole family that I took when we were home in June. It was the first time that we'd all been together for a year, and we haven't had a good family picture of everyone taken since Becky got married, so I asserted my power as oldest daughter and wielder of the expensive camera, and organized the shoot.

This was my first time setting up a photo shoot like this, since I got my new camera. I learned quite a few things. I set up the shots, then we had my brother's friend take the pictures for us, and I think in the future, I'm going to want a tripod. Even though the shot looked right for me, the friend taking the pictures is taller, and so there are some things that I would have changed if I'd been behind the lens. I'm thankful that my family was willing to be the guinea pig - they're getting a family photo for free, so they can't complain!

Sadly, this is the best I could do with the kids. I even swapped out heads from other shots.

This one's a little better of the kids, but Opa's not smiling. Unfortunately, I couldn't even swap heads, because all the photos with him smiling were out of focus (also a frustrating problem about not being behind the lens - not that we weren't really thankful for Peter's friend - he hadn't ever used my camera before, so he didn't know.)

Here are some better ones with the kids. Aren't they cute?

So, all in all, even though they didn't turn out perfectly, I'm glad we did it. It's good to have a family picture of everyone - except, wait - it's already outdated! Joanna gave birth a week or so later to Eli. We'll have to try again, next summer!


Nerd Goddess said...

As Hiram would say, "Aww, cute"

Hooray for family pictures!

Lizardbreath McGee said...

Oh, man. My expression in the first picture is...oh. Fantastic. *Cringe*

Everybody else looks fabulous, though! ;)

And I love, love the picture of the kids.

Becky said...

Oooh! Thanks, Mary! These are wonderful. I love Evan in the first one! What's with that face? But I think those quirky expressions just add to the charm of our wonderful family! It's boring if everyone's perfect!

And Jo, I love the fact that your watermelon belly was so carefully hidden behind, well everyone!!

By the way, Mary, can you post the picture of the 7 kids too? I'd love to see that one.

Wookface said...

Mary, great pictures! But I want to see ALL of the ones you took! Okay, maybe not all, but at least the good ones. When's the cd coming and could you post some more before then?

Bonnie and Brian Wayne said...

What kind of camera do you have? And good job organizing the shoot. What did you edit with - photoshop? What kind of photoshop do you have?

That is so cool you swapped heads out. I totally need to learn how to do that!