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So it's my Mom's 60th in a month and I've gotten all the grandchildren together for pictures for my mom. Maybe even some pictures of us, her children will be done if we all are there. It was going to be a surprise but now I'm thinking that maybe my Mom should be in them too?!? Then if she is maybe my Dad should come over and get in on it too?!?<br><br>
They are being done by a professional (very reasonably priced). My family or origin has never had family photos done professionally just pictures taken at a family wedding or Christmas.<br><br>
Thoughts? Suggestions?<br><br>
Oh and what should we all wear???
 

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Yeah, you could plan it out...tell her she has to get really dressed up, etc. and that your taking her for a special dinner but take her to the photo shoot instead. I love the idea of doing the whole family photo. Or even a photo with your only your mom and the grandkids.
 

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I agree with Sapphire Clan. A couple of years ago, I got my parents a session with a photographer so they can have prof. pictures with DD and they loved it! They also got some nice couple and individual shots as well.
 

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What a nice idea!<br><br>
Personally, I wouldn't make it a surprise. Make her part of the planning (she'll be happier knowing what is going on).<br><br>
Will this be in a studio setting or somewhere familiar to everyone? The element of surprise is nice, if the grandchildren are all older and will keep a bit more calm in the excitement of everyone being together. If the grandchildren are in the younger years, surprises can be more of a pain than a pleasure, especially if it is in a studio (space limitations, new surroundings, hot lights, etc). I think it is more fun (and, less stress) if everyone knows about this in advance and the locale is known to everyone.<br><br>
Plus, the photographer will thank you, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
And, OF COURSE, your Dad should be included!! I mean, she wouldn't be a Mom without his help, right?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I think it would be lovely to have:<br><br>
1) A single group photo of all the grandchildren (getting a shot of them making <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>deliberately</b> silly faces</span> will generally allow for a shot of them all smiling, too!)<br><br>
2) A single group photo of all the adult children<br><br>
3) A single group photo of the adult children and grandchildren<br><br>
4) A single group photo with the adult children & parents (don't exclude the sons- or daughters-in-law, either. Afterall, they made this family, too, and the family will all know who are direct blood relations anyway).<br><br>
5) A single group photo with the grandchildren and grandparents<br><br>
6) A single group photo of the entire family together<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I think getting your Mom all fancied-up won't be nearly as nice as it would having her be well-groomed and comfortably dressed. Maybe take her out to get her hair done the day before the photo shoot and then help her decide on what she might want to wear, if she wants input.<br><br>
If all the grandkids are gussied-up, as well, they won't be comfortable and the parents will be fretting about keeping their good outfits in picture-perfect condition!! Bring some changes of shirts and pants (or dresses, if desired) and keep it comfy and FUN. Comfy and FUN makes for happy children and less-stressed adults. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
It also will (hopefully) make the memories of the photo shoot happier, instead of remembering how little so-&-so fussed about his shirt or darling so-&-so spitting-up on her new dress. Let everyone look at those photographs and smile about being together at the photo shoot, not immediately thinking about what went wrong!<br><br>
Let the children decide what they want to wear. Afterall, Grandma knows them best for their individual personalities and style. Allowing them to decide on their wardrobe is making them a part of this special event and they'll be happier, too!<br><br>
Don't all dress in the same outfit (a la matching Land's End polo shirts). You are a <span style="text-decoration:underline;">family</span>, not a company!
 

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I think a pic with your mom in it would be great, IF she likes/doesn't mind having her photo taken!<br><br>
Depending on how many people are in the picture, and it sounds like there may be quite a few, the simpler the better, otherwise the faces get crowded out. Simple black or white shirts with jeans tend to look good when there's a lot of people and varied ages.
 

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Thanks for the feedback everyone!<br><br>
Thanks for all the suggestions grahamsmom<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
There are 8 grandchildren from ages 1 - 13. As well as 4 grown children. It looks like the weather will hold so we will be doing the pictures outside on the beach.<br><br>
I think we will do semi-formal. Nice but not fussy.<br><br>
So far we have come up with individual families just picking their own idea of matching outfits. I like the idea of bringing extra changes though.<br><br>
Tomorrow we are all going over for Mother's Day and I think we will invite her and my dad to join in on the pictures. I still have to run it by the siblings though. I'll let you know how it goes.
 
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