Let’s take a stroll down memory lane shall we…growing up getting family photos was a ginormous affair.  Such an occasion only happened every blue moon (you know photography was a little different back in the 50s when I was growing up).  Attempting to locate, buy, arrange and plan coordinating outfits for a family of 8 was an entire weeks, or maybe even two, long process.  Picture day was spent fighting over sibling hierarchy and who was fortuitous enough to shower first before the small traces of hot water disappeared (yep, it was cold showers for me), mom darting around the house begging people to expeditiously get ready all the while looking as though she was on the verge of a mental break down in a matter of mere moments, fingertips singed off from rolling hot curlers and globs and globs of hairspray to ensure that for those few brief moments of “saying cheese” my 80s rockin’ puffed up mane didn’t move one half centimeter.

The sound of our clanking mini-van was all that could be heard on the drive to the studio with 8 individuals all harboring their own annoyances with each other, to only then smile and pretend all was well in Zion for a few brief moments in time.  Yep, getting family photos was a grand affair growing up…maybe that’s why we only have a few of them.  While I know not every family picture day prep resembles or compares to my own, it’s hard not to think about and laugh at the whole experience.  So I have to give tremendous shout outs to this awesome family who gets their family photos taken every year without fail…and they make the whole darn thing look so effortless!  I’d be interested in hearing their picture day memories.