11 STEPS to Get Dad on Board for a Family Photo Shoot
1.) Wait for a decent day after many hot months.
2.) Realize you are all home at the same time.
3.) Tell husband you think you should set up the tripod and snap a new family photo.
4.) Run to closets to attempt to find complementing clothes.
5.) Go back to the living room to discover NO ONE else has moved an inch.
6.) Try to get their behinds in gear and listen to their whining.
7.) Ask husband why he isn't helping.
8.) Try to be nice when he says, "This is crazy. I need at least a month notice to prepare mentally for this."
9.) Wait 3 years, because you are so mad about the comment you acted blasé about, and husband will ask why he doesn't have a recent family photo to put in his office.
10.) Politely remind him of his comment from 3 years ago and offer to take a new photo whenever he is ready.
Last but not least...
11.) Hire a photographer during good weather season and promise husband you will reward him for his good mood before, during, and after the shoot.
We managed a last minute family photo on Christmas Eve a couple of years in a row. I was impressed with us. They aren't photo shoot quality like I want to have, but they worked for that time in our lives. One or more of us is kind of a mess in each. It's at least proof that we all belong together.