This was by far the largest clan I’ve photographed, and I’ll be honest I was pretty nervous about it. One of these people is a good friend of mine, and when she asked if I was up to shoot 20 people, 10 kids and 3 dogs (she didn’t tell me about the 2 snakes) I may have asked her if she had lost her mind. If she had told be about the snakes I would have definitely told her that she had lost her mind! But we managed to put our heads together and come up with a plan.
It was extra fun for me to shoot this bunch of 4, I mean 6. I had to do some serious arm twisting to get Dad to wear the mustache, but come on…these 4 were born for these mustaches (I only wish I would have put one on Truman and Ruby)
I think we all had fun…I love this series of Grandpa jumping with the kids (and his beer). He had been one of the quieter members of the group, and when we were wrapping up and the adults scattered to take care of babes and organize dinner, and kids were running around having a cartwheel contests, there was a moment in the beautiful quiet of the canyon when you could hear the giggles and hums of his family, and he looked at me with tears in his eyes. He smiled and said, “you might be too young to get this, but this is what life is all about”. I assured him that I was not all that young, and he continued, “it is really nice to have the camera here and I appreciate you coming out, but this…all of them…my children and grandchildren…all here, happy and in one place…there is nothing in the world better than that.”
No sir…nothing is better…and you have a beautiful family, so glad that I was able to capture them for you!