Each year at Christmas we try to get a family photo of all of us before we open presents, and each year my family groans when I set up the camera because I inevitably forget how the timer works, and they're left to stay in each other's personal spaces while I read menu settings.
I always snap a few pics to see if everyone fits in the frame and is mostly in focus, which means I'm never in the first photo of the session.
When I think I'm satisfied, I give the "You ready?" call, click the 10-second button, and scurry next to anyone who will have me (all the while asking fretfully, "Where am I supposed to go? Where do I sit?")
After the red light blinks and we hear the "click" of the shutter, I tell everyone in my best Photo Nazi voice to stay put, because they all know I will need to take another one to be sure.
I test the camera again, while they preen and chatter, and my brother has no idea that I've captured a real smile on his face...
"Where do I sit?? Sabrina, is there room for me??"
And just when they think I am finished, I capture the essence of who we really are on all the other 364 days of the year.
I was originally planning on posting my "Farewell to 2014" post, but decided to do this one first. :) I know it's a little late, but I hope you all had a really nice Christmas, filled with lots of laughter and love.