“It can sum up parenthood pretty succinctly,” Steve Cramer jokes of the epic family photo that is the result of a day spent shooting pics on a California beach with his wife, two kids, and photographer Liz Hansen.
As Cramer, 32, explained to GoodMorningAmerica.com, it was a photo shoot that initially involved his parents and siblings. “In my family we have about 18 of us, and a lot of kids … We started out taking the large photo getting everyone to smile. But as you can imagine, getting all those kids to sit and smile doesn’t go so well … When we finished with that, my 4-year-old was done. He had had enough.”
But Steve and his wife were determined to make the most of their coordinating outfits and get a shot of their immediate family as well. To help get the hot and tired boys to smile, someone suggested distracting them with some beach fun.
“We swung them around a couple times, but the final time I heard my wife just go, ‘Ahhhh!’ so I turn around and I see my son just gracefully and peacefully doing this full layout back flip, landing flat on his back in the sand,” Cramer explained. “We were just shocked.”
After a few sniffles, 6-month-old son Edison was okay. “My dad is a pediatrician and looked him over and said, ‘Oh, he’s fine.'”
Luckily, the photographer managed to capture the moment on camera, and the photo has amassed 2 million views on Reddit.
I don’t know about the Cramers, but that right there is the photo I’d have blown up on canvas and hung above the mantel.
Image credit: Liz Hansen Photography
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