Holiday Family Photos
Putting the "FUN" in Dysfunctional with a Cabin Photo Shoot
As a longtime here to subscribe–to the E-news, not my holiday letter.
But, it was only last year that we decided to stage our annual holiday photo at one of Douthat State Park's historic cabins. We booked a long weekend in November when we knew the leaves wouldbe off the trees,so as not to obscure the perfect (in my mind's eye, anyway) cabin porch family shot.
The best shot was our first shot. Remember, the camera is set to continue snapping photos…scroll down for the rest of the story!!
On Saturday afternoon, we changed into our holiday sweaters and positioned the tripod on a picnic table. We used a shutter remote–about $5 online–so we could take photos continuously without having to leave the porch and reset a timer.
As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words and rather than frame just one in our hallway, I have seven memorable photos telling the "real story" behind our family's holiday photo.
Eyes closed; toddler howling
A little bit of sibling rivalry!
Look at the camera and Say Cheese!
The toddler makes a run for it!
Get back here or youkids are getting coal for Christmas!!
This year we plan to stage our photo at the famous Tye River railroad trestle overlook at James River State Park.While it will be a three-mile round trip hike lugging our sweaters and camera gear, the view just might distract my teen and toddler long enough to have another go at that elusive perfect shot!
Kiptopeke State Park have great Chesapeake Bay shorelines for holiday beach setting and our mountain parks sometimes get snow early enough to take sledding and snowman shots!
If you choose to take your holiday photos at a Virginia State Park this year, please share them with us on our Facebook page, we would love to see them!
Campgrounds close the first Monday in December and re-open the first of March, but cabins are open year-round. Reserve yours today by calling 1-800-933-PARK!