Why the annual festive family photograph can be a challenge
Christmas is coming, folks. Now we’re in November and you are safe mentioning the festive season without fearing muttered accusations of “too early”, it is quite usual to be making plans for where to spend December 25.
Perhaps in your family there is a stalwart host who has been cooking for their brood for as long as everyone remembers - nobody in the family would even consider going elsewhere. Or your Christmas plans are drawn up according to a strict rota of alternate years spent with the in-laws, the next with your own flesh and blood.
Wherever you might end up, it’s the time to capitalise on the fact a lot of your relatives are under one roof. This is the perfect opportunity to get everyone lined up for a family picture... right?
If only it was that simple. Here is why we think capturing the perfect family photograph can be pretty tricky:
Reluctant posers: They hate having their picture taken. They’ll plead a spot, or a bad hair day, and do anything to avoid the camera lens being pointed at them.
There are so many different generations involved: And who is the trickiest of them all to photograph? Young children, ESPECIALLY toddlers. They often play along nicely until the moment you step behind the camera, when all hell breaks loose. They want to see the picture, even though it hasn’t been taken yet. They want to hold the camera. They’ve pulled a silly face, hidden or have just run off having had enough of being told what to do.
Missing people: You can guarantee the minute you call everybody to gather for the shot, half the room somehow evaporates. A relative has wondered off to tackle the washing up pile while another has gone searching for fresh booze supplies and the good chocolates the host was saving for later. The phrase ‘herding cats’ is perfectly apt in this situation. Oh and you’ll find the heady combination of a big meal and lunchtime wine, topped off with an after-dinner snifter, has sent at least one person to sleep on the sofa.
Getting everybody in: Unless a neighbour has popped over to share a festive sherry, you are always going to require one of the family to actually take the picture. Better hope Santa bought one of you a tripod for Christmas.
Alternatively… Save all the bother and purchase one of our family portraits in advance. The perfect way to get everybody present and correct and smiling nicely for the camera, you can get creative and personalise each family member. Plan a big reveal on December 25 for the ideal talking point this Christmas.