The brief was to get thirteen members of the same family in the same place at the same time and photograph them all together. Preferably in a chirpy mood and fresh faced. You can well imagine the logistical nightmare for the organiser (which wasn’t me, thank goodness).
It began as a winter beach shoot at Fairhaven, on a clear Sunday last June. Two grandchildren woke with gastro. Session cancelled.
The next attempt was a Spring session at the farmhouse of the one of the brothers. I can’t even recall now why that didn’t go ahead.
Eight months on from the first attempt and a new, definite, this is really happening date was set. This session was to take place on a summer’s day in a make believe forest. But anyone who knows Melbourne know the seasons mean very little. True to form, less than an hour in, the weather interrupted in the form of a mini dust storm. A 45 minute session + thirteen people = not much, but at least I squeezed in every shot on their list.
Mission accomplished. Phew.