Working with Family (Fighting with Family)

So, you may be aware.  My partner and I work together.  My mother and I work together.  My partner, my mother and I work together.  Hell, even my father (who is long divorced from my mother) and I work together.

That’s a lot of family working together.  And, for the most part, it — well — works.  Until it doesn’t.  

But I’ll say this: strangely, seldom do we have melt down.  And, usually, if I listen to what my family is saying, they are right.  
Case in point: Green Screen Photography.  “WHAT?”  you are asking, “How can he possibly work green screen into a discussion on working with family?”
Easily.  It was my mom’s idea.  When she said I should think about expanding the business into green screen, I thought she was nuts.  I immediately envisioned all those awful backgrounds of standing in front of the Eiffel Tower.  I did not want to do that.  Others do that.
“Don’t.” she said, “Do it your way.  Create something people haven’t seen before.”
So, yes, I’ve done the tourist with the Eiffel Tower.  Of course, they are CLIMBING the monument, not standing in front of it.  Maybe that seems like splitting hairs to you, but for my creative brain it’s the difference between aspirin and penicillin.   I always want to have the chance to take an event to the next level.  To rock it out.  I’m little enthused by photographing people standing still.  Why stand still?
So, mom was right, and green screen has become a huge part of my days.  Dad was right, too, but that’s a story for another day.