Anatomy of a photo-shoot

If I wanted to stoop to the level of “clickbait” then I guess it would be tempting to lead with a photo like this one. You know what I mean: happy grandfather, cuter than pie baby, smiles all around.

Or even the classic goofy grandparents, posing with three-quarters of their grandchildren, grinning like they have just won the jackpot (they have!).

Oh, I guess I did!

What’s fun, in all the chaos, is to watch the younger generation (Naomi and Hannah), doing all the logistical work of setting up a photograph.

The best was all (other than Mr. T. in Dresden) the greatgrands on the steps coming down from my parents’ deck. Arranging, rearranging, dog or no dog? Please everyone look at the camera. Don’t forget to smile. Don’t hide behind the other kids… etc. etc.

That’s why I stood behind the two moms and photographed them photographing the children. Priceless.

Anyway, that’s all I have. Too many children running around. Enjoy.

Love and grace – DEREK

Family life Living Gratefully photogrpahy

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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