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Family Photos in the Mountains

What do you think of when you hear the words “Family Photos?”  Does it feel you with joy or with dread?

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to take a vacation with my husband and family. We traveled through beautiful Silverton Colorado and then through New Mexico. Quite a contrast in scenery! There was a lot of driving involved, and even though at times being squished into a car with 8 people and their belongings was unpleasant, I enjoyed the trip and am thankful for the time spent with people I love.

 For awhile now, my mom has wanted to take an updated family photo. It has been about 3 years since we have taken one, and it’s hard to get everyone together at once. So on vacation when we were all on the same schedule seemed like the best time to snag some photos. Having been a photographer for the past 7 years, I can’t be satisfied with quick snapshots. Pictures have to be properly arranged, lighting has to be good, and the camera settings must be perfect. Since we wanted a family photo, this also meant bringing along a tripod, setting a timer, and making sure the shots were arranged in a way that made it easy for me to jump into the picture before the timer went off.

 Some of my family members don’t have a lot of patience for group photos, so arranging them resulted in a bit of contention and complaint. There was also a moment where I tripped, attempting to run down a rocky hill in time to get in the shot, and I fell scraping up my arm and knees and narrowly avoiding being stabbed in the eye with a branch. I was fine and on my feet again quickly, but this added extra stress, as each time I ran back to get in the shot I had family members instructing me to be careful and watch my step.

 While the actual experience of taking the photos may not have been the most pleasant, I know that each of my family members will be grateful to have them. Years from now, we’ll look back on these pictures of us all together in the scenic Colorado mountains and we probably won’t even think about the negatives. I know I will always cherish these photos and I’m grateful to have them.

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