All photos and text are property of Dave Forney and may not be used without express permission.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What it Takes to Get a Family Photo!

Every few years we have to take a new family photo for a "prayer card" to send out to our ministry team.  Unfortunately, I missed the chance to have my good friend and awesome photographer, Tripp Flythe, take our picture before he left on home assignment a few months ago.  And time is short these days, as we're busy packing.  So I wound up taking the picture myself...which is easier said than done.

None of these are staged.  In some, I was checking lighting, or focusing, or the camera remote.  In others...well, I have no idea.  I just kept snapping away, and when we got back to the house we just laughed and laughed at the number of pictures where someone, or everyone, was looking away, or doing odd faces.  Each of these crops below is from a different picture, in the order they were taken, during out little 10 minute photo shoot as we raced the setting sun behind the MAF hangar.  Interestingly, the one shot we wound up using was the very last picture we took (and the very last one here on the post), but we had no idea that it was "the money shot" until we got home.  


























And here's the one we used...the very last one we took!

11 comments:

Jen said...

Beautiful Photo! I know what you mean. In December trying to take our family pic in front of the Christmas tree it too many also and I only have 2 kids. That are teens. We finally settled on number 67, oh my. lol

Christin Slade said...

Too funny!!!

Lisa Jacobson said...

I totally get it! Thanks for making me smile. :)

Arielle said...

I grew up in a family of eight kids - and most of us camera shy (or camera ornery) to some degree or another. :) Congrats on getting such a good shot!!

Elizabeth Day said...

I could so relate and had a good laugh with you. You have a beautiful family whether they all participate at the same time or not.

Bonni said...

Brandon said it looks like Dave's 5:00 shadow is getting deeper as the pictures progress. ha! Thanks for the laugh - Brandon and I had a good giggle over it.

O n T Schrock said...

Ha, ha! These are great! I am also trying to take our family photo for our own Prayer Card (from Brazil); not too much fun trying to get the kids just right. Thanks for all the funny photos - and the final photo looks great!

Sandy said...

I am sure you all had fun after! The setting and symmetry of placement for everyone on the last one is stellar.
God bless,
Sandy in the UK

Rebecca said...

Absolutely hilarious!! Love it! What great memories (and a great family picture) to show for ten minutes time!

Kathy Fehr said...

These are precious! God bless your family for your outreach. Continue to let the Light shine!

Anonymous said...

Totally understand! Love your photos (and your ministry!)