This was, obviously, me.
Step 2: Artistic director decides on a color scheme and refuses to heed the complaints of others regarding said color scheme. In this case, cool, dark colors. Also, artistic director chooses a level of formality--this year, jeans for all!
"Dad, no, not a white shirt. Everyone is wearing dark shirts."
"How am I supposed to wear jeans when I don't even have any jeans?"
"Should I wear my pink sandals or my flip-flops? I don't have any other shoes!"
"I feel like I look too casual."
Step 3: Choose a time when everyone is available. This is extremely difficult when it means balancing multiple work and school schedules and everyone's social and educational commitments, but it can be done.
It can, right? I mean, there's got to be a single hour during daylight when all 7 of us are available, right? It just might take a few weeks to find one
Step 4: Find a photographer. I mean, there's always the tripod route, but actual hands make the job easier and give Dad a more natural smile. Ideally, your photographer friend is willing to work for ice cream.
Step 5: Choose venue. Or have several brilliant ideas for picturesque venues, choose one based on a practical location, and keep in mind a rainy weather location just in case, because you'll not have another chance for family photos again before Christmas!
Step 6: Day of, make sure hair and makeup is flawless. Don't forget details like...the camera.
"Who's going to do my eyeliner?"
"You're using too much hairspray! I can't breathe!!"
"I'm serious, we're leaving in 10 minutes, whether or not your hair is done."
"But nobody told me I was supposed to get the camera ready."
Step 7: Smile, and never, ever, ever....blink.
Step 8: Take plenty of poses, even the weirdest ideas that are composed on the spot, because you never know what might end up being a keeper...
Step 9: Give the photo card to the artistic director so that she can tackle the monumental task of choosing the right shot and making a photo collage that fits perfectly on a printable 4x6 card and includes any missing family members (that step only applies to families scattered among several states/countries).
And it might turn out looking a little something like this. Bam! All 10 of us on one card, and it didn't take a family trip to Cambodia to achieve it, though nothing will probably ever be as epic as this shot from 2015:
Have you taken a family photo this year?