Well, have you ever tried taking photos of a terrible 2 year old and a sleepy 5 month old?
"Hey, kids, gather around the Christmas tree and look happy!"
That goes over like a freaking lead balloon. I had grand plans to take some nice family photographs outside in the back yard, throw a few flashes on a few stands with umbrellas, hook up some Pocket Wizards, and badda boom, badda bing. You know the drill. I even have three Pocket Wizards, so one can be on the flash unit, one on the camera and one in my hand to control the camera from the comfort of my chair in front of the camera, loving family at my side.
I got the call from Leslie to come home from my office, grab a camera and head over to my parents' house to take a few photos in front of their tree. Why not our tree? Because we are slackers and didn't have ours up yet. Why did I need to do it on the double? Apparently because our two loving children had their Christmas pajamas on and we were going to eat dinner soon, and they would soon have food all over themselves.
"Ok, dear. I will be home in a minute."
Race home, grab family, drive over to my parents' house, setup, shoot. Instead of perfectly setup strobes I end up with mixed lighting, a Canon 580EXII on top of my camera and two kids that are about to implode. So I ran with it. Why am I sharing this? Because what I thought was a total failure turned out to be a great story for our 2008 Biggs family Christmas card. If you know me, you probably know that I tend to smile and laugh more than other people, and this is just my latest way of trying to continue that trend. So please enjoy, and hopefully we at the Biggs residence will have a formal Christmas card family portrait in a future year. It won't happen any time soon, though!
Front of our Christmas card
Back of the card