It was cramming time for our Christmas family portrait. The original plan was to do an outdoor shoot this year, so we set up the location and had the props prepared in the front lawn. Then about 5 minutes before going outside for the shoot proper, it rained. Quickly retrieved the props and hoped that the drizzle would be short-lived. It wasn't.
So we had to do it indoor. Set up in the theater room and used one of the blank walls as background. The problem with the whole thing was that no one was there to shoot us (my sister, who clicked the shutter for us last year, wasn't available). I had to mount the camera on the tripod and use an intervalometer to continuously shoot photos every 5 seconds. The focus was preset, meaning we couldn't move too much or else we will go out of the focus zone. To make it even more challenging, Seven was in a playful mood, getting distracted with the Christmas balls that we used as props. It was a tiring shoot, and we just got lucky to get some decent frames.
What I'll be showing you, however, are the outtakes or rejects from the 20-minute shoot. Photos are proof just how cooperative Seven was, and just how exasperated I was getting. Haha! Am I just glad we pulled it off. (Desaturated the photos to alter the look from the final photo that we really liked.)
Here are some photos that we also liked, but ultimately we decided on the final photo.
And the winner from all the frames... this one. Our official Christmas family portrait for 2013.
Next year, by God's grace, our second baby shall join us in the photo. For now, the Santa doll will do.
And that's how we did our family portrait. Took a lot of patience, but in the end, it's all worth it. Thanks for viewing. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! Enjoy the holiday season! :)
Father to Seven. Prefers to be called "Pop" because Daddy is too sosyal, Papa can mean boyfriend / boy-toy or a ketchup, Tatay is too un-sosyal, and Popsie is just three letters too much. I don't like the cola because it's too sweet, but I esteem coach Gregg Popovich because he gets the job done. So Pop it is.