My mum requested a family photo of us as her Christmas present. Just the incentive needed to rally the troops late one Summer's afternoon in the week leading up to Christmas. We headed first to the yards, and with tripod erected and camera timer engaged ... it was game on.
Then back to the houseyard for a change of background.
In the effort to achieve the above two outcomes that will probably become canvases, there were some hundred and twenty others that didn't make the cut.
Matthew's enthusiasm a little too evident in this one above, Wallace channeling the Incredible Hulk.
While I've seen this style of shot work well in happy family blogs worldwide,
of course the biggest clown in my crew
struggled to keep his temperament in check for more than several minutes.
Sal's enthusiasm waned after photo 79
and we decided to head back to the house for refreshments and perhaps a little pep-talk.
Remember ... we're doing this for Nanny.
Back at the house, with the sun falling fast,
we dragged an old chair into position and started clicking.
The kids' insistence on Matthew and I forming a heart with our hands,
had us both giggling like kids. Not quite our style.
I didn't realise until after the event that Wallace was wearing spurs.
Why Wallace, why?
Sarah's decision to don festive decoration didn't make the cut either.
The top two images though, I love.
Now just to decide which one I love the most.