Thanksgiving Family Photos 2023

Thanksgiving 2023 has come and gone, but it will live on in photos! We had our traditional Thanksgiving meal with my parents, complete with turkey, dressing, vinegar green beans, strawberry pretzel salad, cranberry sauce, and much more! And after dinner and a bit of a rest, we decided to take a family photo, as we often do. But if you know us, you know that just one photo will not do. Traditional and non-traditional, you might say. So here are our photos for this year.

When I am setting things up, Laura is usually my lighting check model. But his time my Mom took over that role because she was the first to jump up and be present. This photo actually came out a little dark, but fortunately I was able to lighten it up in processing. And it helped to know that it was dark before we got the rest of the family in there.

Next up, Laura joined in, not wanting to miss out on the lighting model fun. And just for fun, they did their model poses. Is that how real models pose? I think it is.

Mom and Laura got Jaylin to join them. We had the lighting figured out by this time. They were just getting photos taken then. Because we can’t have too many photos. Jaylin will thank us one day.

Finally, here we all are together, thanks to the magic of the 10-second self-timer. I decided to go the easy route instead of using my phone as a remote as I sometimes do. As usual, it took a couple of attempts to get it just right, but this one turned out well.

Here is one more, this time with Jaylin and his grandparents. Or with my parents and their grandson. Whichever way you want to look at it.


I am fairly certain that I say this every year, but I am definitely thankful for family. I can count on these people no matter what. I am very blessed with the family that I have.

And that goes for others who are not in these photos, too. And those friends who are like family as well. We have family all over the place, and I am thankful for them all. We get to see some of them more than others, but I know they are still there even when we are not around them.

I hope you have a strong family as well, or strong friends who are like family to you. Everyone needs a good support system in the good times as well as in the not-so-good times. Having those to lean on makes life so much better. If you do not have family members close by, a church family makes a good substitute, too. It might take a little time to grow those relationships, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Every year when Thanksgiving comes and I think about what I am thankful for, family is right at the top of the list, right below God and his love for us.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. - Exodus 20:12

About the Photos

Actually, despite using some lighting models, these photos (after the first, which was slightly dark) turned out just a bit bright. Fortunately, I could dial the brightness down slightly using the Raw files. They were not too overly bright, but I could have reduced the ISO setting just a bit and still come out okay.

As always, I am happy that we took these. And I am happy that just one photo of all five of us was not enough. Great memories!

Photo: Each photo is a single JPG exposure, processed in Raw Therapee.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
Date: November 23, 2023
Location: Bartlett, Tennessee


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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.