And then I was able to find a fun card template to use. It really exceeded my expectations.
And this is one of the best pictures. I took a ton of photos because I discovered (after much trial and error and mis-firing on the timer) that my camera has a timer option that allows you to set up intervals and multiple shots (up to 9) in each interval. Because I wasn't behind the camera, the composition on most of them is really outta whack - off center, the dog is in the foreground, Rykert's white socks are stealing the show, out of focus, snotty noses, over-exposed faces, etc. It's been a couple of weeks and I can actually look at the pictures and sort of laugh, but I was so mad that day. So mad. And by the time we got to this picture and I decided we were DONE, we had walked quite a ways from our car.
I was ready to do something clever with this picture, because it pretty much captures that day. I was going to create a clever greeting on the left side and call it good - kind of a "Hey, we tried! Lay off." card. But then I decided to go in a different direction, and I love the result which I'll show sometime this month. It's different.
There's a lesson here. Plan ahead and schedule a damn photographer. Or accept help from a willing triggerman (even if you are going out into the woods). Or simply lower expectations.