My parents, like all grandparents I'm sure, want pictures of their grandkids. And they REALLY want a picture of all 7 of them together. Since my sisters and I are lucky if we all get together once a year, this presents a very limited window of photographic opportunity. Of course proximity does not guarantee a good picture--especially when 7 kiddos under 6 are involved. You're dealing with naps and no naps, fights, tattling, crying, terrible 2(and 3, 4, 5, and 6)behavior, little people who would rather swing or play in the pool than sit for a picture, and parents who are more than happy to let them do all those things rather than fight with them to get them to sit still long enough for a picture.
So imagine our surprise when one sweltering hot evening, all 7 agreed to sit, briefly, on the steps of the playhouse my brother-in-law built for a picture. People were hot, sweaty, dirty, and not really dressed the way we would have preferred for a group picture, but the moment of cooperation was at hand so we went for it. Four cameras trained on those 7 goofballs and this is what we got:
It's not the greatest group picture but it is more than good enough--especially when you look at last year's attempt that went dreadfully astray.
Last Year's failed attempt