But on a different note, for you all that haven't had the joy of having family photos taken even if they aren't with me.....here ya go.
I can't tell you how many emails, calls, or text I get from people saying "Oh we haven't had family photos done in forever or We've NEVER had family photos done!" & to be honest my family both the Phillips side & Calhoon side are just a guilty BUT don't fret there's hope!!!!!! One of you needs to bite the bullet & take charge of that family affair! I finally did that with the Phillips family (my family-mom, dad, hubby,baby, grandparents, aunts, uncle, & cousins) We did our family photos in September
1. Talk to the people that are the most busy (in my case it was my twin girl cousins, they play college softball (& are the best ever!) so they had a gazillion practices plus school work & I told them to let me know what days (3 or 4) that they KNEW they would have off to take photos.
2. Next while they were compiling their days I contacted everyone in this photo & said "hey we are doing photos in September not sure what day yet but are there any days that DO NOT work for you.
3. By the time my cousins got back to me with their days I had already had DEFINITE no go days from everyone else, so the easy part which days did everyone have open & it turned out we all had about 3 days off together. I picked the day & BAM! family photo day!
In my case I had a wonderful friend/assistant (Taylor) that helped me take the group shots so I didn't need to call a photographer, so in your case its best to talk to your photographer in the step 2 phase that way you have multiple days they can work with you on as well.
I grew up looking up to my older cousin (far right) he was my 'big brother', he threw frogs, snakes, & lizards at me! & because of him I am not afraid of any of those things! (roaches TOTALLY different story). I mean seriously we even snuck up on a deer 1 time!!!!!!! Crazy TRUE story!!!
Anyways I saw all these to show you what I see in this photo-its not just my family, it my heart & soul! I love each & every one of you!!! Everyone needs a good family photo because in a blink of an eye everything can change!
We are not promised tomorrow! & the only constant thing is change!