Wednesday was the day Money Magazine sent in a crew of four: 2 photographers, a makeup person and a wardrobe expert to complete the last step before our story of our satisfying retirement appears in the magazine.
Because the story will appear in the October issue we had to dress in clothing more appropriate for fall, instead of the 115 degree August day it actually was in Scottsdale. 3 hours, outside, pretending it was cool was tough. An hour preparation before the shoot, then another hour of shots inside out home, and the crew finally departed.
Our daughters and our three grandkids were part of the whole project. The kids did a fabulous job, running and jumping on command, playing with toys only when directed, and generally behaving like seasoned professionals. Both our daughters were heavily involved in theater in school, so to them all the activity was old hat.
The photographer took well over 500 shots during that time even though only 2 or 3 will probably make it into the story in the magazine. I finally found someone who takes more pictures than my wife!
It was probably a once in a lifetime experience that we are all so pleased we could do together as a family. My son-in-law was stuck at work so he couldn't be present, but his children did him proud.
The story, with more pictures and more information will also be on the magazine's web site. I'll alert to you its existence.
I though you might enjoy seeing a few photos we took of the process.