Apart from my husband and my 3 children, all our family lives back home in England. The Hurley, Roberts, Huntriss, Terrey, and Thorpe families. I so wish that we lived closer. With the kids at school today, apart from Jack who came home sick, I thought about how best to approach the ‘family’ photo. I have lots of images stored on my computer, still more in albums, but I also discovered that I have quite a lot of loose photographs too. I have already posted up on this blog quite a few pictures of my family as it is now, but I thought it would be interesting to show images of our past too. So I decided to make a collage of some of these ‘spare’ pictures. One of my favorites is the strip of booth photographs which we took of a just about 1 year old Jack for his passport and visa to come to the USA almost 12 years ago. As you can see it took a few attempts to get it right, and it still makes me smile.
It was pretty dark in the house when I took this picture at about 2 o’clock in the afternoon on my kitchen countertop. So my ISO was set at 2000, my shutter speed at 1/40 and my aperture was f/4 so ensure as much of the picture as possible would be in focus.
Post processing in Lightroom 4 was minimal. I increased contrast, clarity, and sharpening, and also decreased the highlights.
No. These are not mug shots. But instead, my version of a ‘Brady Bunch’ photo! Come on, I can’t be the only one out there who has been dying to do this, right? Well, here we are. Our extended family is spread out, but this is my little ‘Malone Bunch’ !
I took the photos in our basement. All white walls and very bright with artificial lighting. I shot in them all in Instagram. Then I sliced and diced in Diptic to make the collage. John and I tried to do our best ‘Carol’ and ‘Mike Brady’ faces. Hmm?? Ok, well we tried! 😉