Family shots were, although brief, a bit stressful. Even though only our immediate families were involved, we were running out of sunlight and everyone was all over the place.
Since I know most hive members skip through family portraits, I’ll be brief.
Here’s Mr. Toadstool’s family.
And mine, complete with my teenage bro who’s going through that awkward “I hate everything and I don’t care about photographs so I won’t smile” phase.
Then, one with the parents.
We had a hard time with the moms because, being technologically uninformed and choosing to believe whatever they want from what they hear, they thought the photographer could Photoshop (whatever that is) everything, as in “It’s OK if I don’t smile, right? They can Photoshop me a smile later.” No, mom, you need to look your best in the picture—he’s not going to draw a “new you” when he edits the photo!
And one with my dad. This is a very special one since we are naturally awkward together—it’s the way our relationship works—so when Alberto asked for a shot of us both it resulted in a series of awkward looking shots. At the very last moment my dad said something funny and we laughed just enough for Alberto to snap this gem.
And finally, one with everyone.
There were a ton of these shots, and I had the hardest time finding a “good” one, because there was always someone doing something odd in every shot: closed eyes, grins, half-smiles, mid-speech open mouths”¦it was clear we all found it very hard to just stand there and smile at the same time.
But it’s always better when the photographer asks everyone to make some noise and gets some genuine smiles—except from my brother. He was not smiling for his life.
Was it hard for you to coordinate family for pictures? Did/will you deal with indisposed teenagers?
*All photos by Alberto Alcorta Photography