The plumber has a leaky faucet in his house. The roofer has a leaking roof. I feel their pain. Even though I love what I do, after 3 decades of photography, the last thing I feel like doing when I get home is pick up a camera. I will let you in on a little secret. I shoot many of my personal photos on a beat up 10 year old consumer digital SLR or I dare say—a smart phone. My lovely wife graciously gives me a pass 11 months of the year, but the pressure is on when December arrives. It is the annual Tusia Christmas card.
Family and friends remark to me that I capture great photos of people so for this Christmas card I decided to let everyone in on the secret of the perfect shot.
Each year I set up the professional photographic gear at the house, my wife finds the perfect outfit and then attempts to dress our five year old daughter. My daughter loves the camera and she never misses an opportunity to have her photo taken. That is until it's time for her Christmas card photo. Herding cats is easier than getting her in frame, sitting still, and looking into the lens. The process normally involves stamping of feet, tears, and emotional distress. My daughter gets upset too! In the end, I captured a wonderful photo of my adorable daughter. Adding the edited shots as a collage created what I consider to be the perfect children's Christmas card that every parent can relate to.