My plan was this,
take one picture of all the children for the Christmas card.
I could piece something together but since we would all be together this year, I wanted to get a group shot.
I don't know when will be the next time we can get a group shot!
That is not good.
So yesterday we planned to meet at Pizza Bruta for lunch. It's one of Matthew's favorite places so since he runs the show...
I thought we would take pictures outside on Monroe St. or at Vilas Park or at the zoo.
But the outdoor thing quickly got nixed due to little baby Asher.
I had Katie come up to the front of the restaurant to check the light.
It was the middle of the afternoon so the restaurant was pretty empty....
so I set up shop.
I cleared the table, moved a few chairs and grabbed a chair to stand on.
While we were setting up and sitting down...the ladies decided to take the booth right behind us.
I am still using this picture even with the creepers in the back.
Sometimes you have to go with the flow.
And when we got home, I asked Melinda if she would take a picture of me with all my children.
I do not have a picture of me and them! And that is a crime!
So I made everyone come outside and dragged a chair for Melinda to stand on.
I took some test shots....
And this was a bit sun-flarey for this kind of portrait.
Camera Nikon D700
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/800)
Focal Length 50 mm
ISO Speed 400
We tried the open shade facing a sunny house and yard.
Melinda has a good eye and noticed the sun hitting our faces.
We rearranged to solve that problem....
I like the first shot best, even with the sun on the side of my face.
But details aside.....
I am thrilled to have these pictures!!!
Thank you Melinda!
Thank you everybody for cooperating.
I treasure every moment we can be together.