When was the last time you had a really good laugh? I mean a belly laugh, where your sides and cheeks hurt from laughing so hard.
For me, it was the first time I watch the home videos I transferred with YesVideo. And I laughed for a solid 15 minutes, sharing that laughter with my husband. It was unexpected and wonderful.
No, I wasn’t laughing over our late-’80s fashion choices, although they were equally comical, we were laughing about how more than 25 years later my family is still exactly the same. Exactly.
We are a family of photographers. My grandfather had a great passion for photography that he passed down to my mother and she to me. And the most important photos to our family are those that capture family gatherings — especially the group photo. And after decades of practice, capturing the group photo is the same exact procedure — every time.
The video that had me in stitches was a 15-minute segment of my mom and uncle trying to capture that elusive group photo at a family gathering. Someone, probably dad, set the camcorder (remember those) on a tripod and let it run.
During the span of the video you see the scene play out like it always does:
- Everyone gathering for the picture
- Mom ushering people into position
- People rearranging themselves
- Mom and my uncle running from behind another tripod to slip into place
- Mom resetting to take several more shots (in case people blinked)
- Everyone giving mom a hard time
- Kids squirming and leaving their position
- Finally, mom announcing she got it and everyone abandoning their positions
It is the same scene I have participated in hundreds of times. And yet, to watch it unfold on the screen from 25+ years earlier — I couldn’t stop laughing. Even the phrases were the same. And apparently grandma blinked for every group shot even back then!
Someday I need to comb through mom’s pictures and find the actual photo that goes with this video, just for fun. From the video it looks like she probably got a good shot since I was able to capture a still with everyone looking at the camera. Either way, it sure was good to laugh.
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