I've got several great ideas on how to have Gnomey respond to Zinnia's request for a family photo, thanks to your comments to date. What I'm doing is posting several possible responses. I am still countin on your comments to help me.
Possible response A:
Zinnia & Dahlia,
Here's an ol family photograph. This picture was taken about 100 years ago. That's me right up front. I guess I was about 80 years old then. Remember, we Gnomes live to be about 400 years old. That's me Momma and Papa in the top row. It's me sister and uncle behind me.
Possible Response B:
Same as "A", with this added:
It has only been in the last 100 years or so that we have had the opportunity to have pictures made of us. We still don't really like to be photographed. Some Gnomes are to bashful, some are even scared of the camera. As you can see, I am not scared. I am not bashful either.
Possible response C:
Oh Zinnia and Dahlia, we Gnomes are too bashful to have our pictures taken. There really are no actual photographs of a Gnome. There are lots of photographs of drawings and paintings of Gnomes, but no photos of a real Gnome. But we really are your friend, and we will always leave something for you, to let you know we are real. You know, like a dropped hat, some clothes on the line, and little notes.