I can’t tell you how many times people ask me “are other families like this?”  “Are your other shoots this chaotic?”  I always promise that it’s not just you…

So, for those of you who may be trying to call my bluff, I thought I’d share this family photo I recently did for my mom’s birthday.  There were 8 kids (ages 2 months to 15 years old) and two grandparents.  Some kids were cold, some were hot, some were happy, and some were not.

It took me all day, and a LOT of Photoshop to give my mom an image of her family as she would like to believe they are!!

Here’s a peek into the making of this “perfect” family photo… oooooh, are they lucky to have me!!! ;)

It started with this:

Then I had to piece it together…

But Baby Ella was crying, and my dad’s eyes were closed!!! So…

Now came the tricky part… Baby Austin decided he just didn’t want to look at me at all that day.  So, because I love my mom, I had his mom bring him back to my house on a happier day to show off his happy face!

Well Mom… Happy Birthday!!


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