Marj Merges Beautiful. Honest. You. {and me}

The silliest family

You’ll recognize some key players in this shoot from here, here, and here.

This family is beyond silly.  I know this of Phil but put him together with the rest of his family and the real silly comes out.  It was a joy to hang out with all nine of them.  Thank you!

Now I’m going to tell you something because I believe all photographers should always be learning.  And I believe that I shouldn’t contribute to a some sort of unrealistic portrayal of photography that says everything goes right all the time.  It doesn’t and experience really does mean something.  That’s why I keep shooting.

This shoot was hard.  I couldn’t focus.  I couldn’t be everywhere and it felt like I could hardly be anywhere well.  I’ve photographed large groups before but this was different.

I never want to realize mid-shoot that I’m unprepared but at this shoot I did.  What I should have done is taken myself aside.  And focused.  I didn’t.

Thank you to the Van Zale’s for teaching me some very valuable lessons.


3 Responses to The silliest family

  1. Phil says:

    You got some great shots Marj and it was a fun shoot!
    Thank you

  2. Monica Van Zale says:

    These are wonderful shots of a very silly family 🙂 And some of the shots are breathtaking from the grandmother’s poitn of view…full of emotion, love, and precious moments. What a memory of this family get-together. Thanks again for your expertise.

  3. Ellie says:

    And I saw the whole set first and I NEVER would have known that you were unfocused. What a glimpse into a funny group. The interplay of the family was fun to see and I think you did it!

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