Behind a family group photo…

6 photos of children

Six of the photos I got during the photo shoot. (And what I had to work with to achieve one good photo.)

10 children.

The photo I started with. The one where the most children looked the best.

Every year I take a photo of my nieces and nephews. This a tradition started for my Grandmother’s benefit, but one that has continued on after she passed a couple years ago. She mentioned that she did not have enough room for individual photos of all of her great grandchildren (~20) in her small apartment… not even on the refrigerator. So for Christmas I took a group photo of all my nieces and nephew… thus a tradition was born. I usually shoot the photo when we’re all together for Thanksgiving. I then make enlargements for my Grandmother, Parents and Sisters. In addition to being a nice gift it is also an interesting recording of them as they grow up. This year there were a few hiccups during the photo shoot and while they are all old enough that it should have been easier to capture a photo with all of them looking their best it did not happen. The ideal is to get the perfect photo in one shot, but when that fails I have to do some photo retouching in PhotoShop. Below are a couple of pieces taken from other photos and layered into the photo I chose to start with. After some cloning, airbrush work, and blending in the pieces cut from other photos I have a photo where everyone is looking their best.

Young girl in a dress

L cut out of another photo to be added to the finished photo.

Face of smiling girl.

E’s face from another photo. Once on a layer, I softened the edges and blended the skin tones so it looked like part of the finished photo… color and tone.

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The finished photo that I gave out this year for Christmas to my family.

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Below are some photos of my nieces and nephews over the years.

13 children

Group photo 2012. 10 nieces and nephews, plus my sister’s fiancé’s 3 children.

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Group photo 2011. 10 nieces and nephews, plus 2 of my sister’s fiancé’s children.

12 Children + 2

Group photo 2010. 9 nieces and nephews, plus 2 of my sister’s fiancé’s children. There is an inset because one of my nephews had left by the time the photo was taken.

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Nieces and Nephews in 2007.

10 children making faces

Nieces and Nephews in 2006… making goofy faces.

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