There were two words that could always unify my sister and I (at least for a moment) — Photo Opp!
Every mention of a photo opp was met with spontaneous eye rolls and groans as mom did her best to ignore our bemoaning and urged us with great zeal into position.
Stand here. Put your arm around each other. Smile — smile pretty. (Pretend you are having fun.)
In a moment, it was over. The photo was taken and we could once again resume a look of discontent and go back to whatever it was we wanted to be doing instead. (Unless, of course, one or more of us was less than cooperative and had to be convinced to smile nicely.)
It was only a moment, but to us it was torture. Sheer torture. Which is silly because thanks to mom we have shelves and shelves of photo albums capturing trips, events, birthdays and more. We can look back with a knowing smile and tease each other about fashion choices and reminisce about all the fun we had. And we did have a lot of fun.
Yes, mom tortured us by making us smile for every photo opp imaginable. But for that I thank her. And as I beg and plead with my own daughters to smile nicely for the camera, I mutter apologizes under my breath to my mother. The circle of life.
While I now thank mom for all of the photos she has taken and continues to take, after transferring a long-lost family vacation video to DVD I couldn’t help but to poke fun at her… Just one more time.
On one family trip, dad shot roughly 30 minutes of video. In that 30 minutes, he captured 10 such photo opps. Ahh yes, video proof of the dreaded photo opp. And naturally, I had to make a montage.
(Yes, even when my kid sister hurt herself I knew, the photo must go on.)
The constant photo taking served my sister and I well. Not only do we have smiling happy photos, but we both learned (eventually) that it served us better to just smile every time we saw a camera come out. Whip out a camera in front of my sister or I, and you will see a smile flash. It’s just easier and the photo looks better for it!
This trip down memory lane was made possible by transferring our old 8 mm tapes to digital and DVD with YesVideo. My whole family has enjoyed reminiscing. If you have video footage locked away on an old format, do something about it. Relive your memories (and possible photo opps) with YesVideo.
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