First, determine who knows how to work the 10-second delay on their digital camera. This is the hardest part.
Then, assemble family and let the fun begin!
Take a few photos of various people’s backsides because we all think we know how Aunt Lynda’s camera works, but we really don’t. See step one.
Get your own camera out of the diaper bag, brush off the cracker crumbs, and set it up. Hooray for blonde-proof electronics!
Determine that this photo, while it does contain everyone actually looking at the camera and not moving, has bad lighting. Rearrange.
Whoa! Camera’s too close, people are blocked, and Jim’s head is stretched out at the edge of the photo. Move the camera and try again.
Okay, but where’s Amelia? And the back row looks like a police lineup! Try again.
That’s a lot of table, but we can crop that. Wait! Where did John and Lynda go? They’re hiding behind the couch! Jack is suspicious of this activity and turned away. Try again!
The baby’s getting squirmy (as you can tell from the blur that was Jack). This will have to do. Happy family photo!*
*I call this one “Success.”