Thursday, November 20, 2014

Family Pictures: The Best and the Worst

We haven't had a real photo shoot as a family since I was just-pregnant with Lincoln.
I've been wanting to do family pictures for some time now,
and finally (somewhat sheepishly) asked my mom if we could have an early Christmas present and hire a long-time friend to take our pictures.
Of course, she agreed, and today we met in Salt Lake City for our photo shoot.
Alyssa was wonderful
(she even brought gummy bears to bribe smiles out of wiggly boys! worked like a charm.)
and I am so excited to see our pictures!

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of my favorite family pictures with you.
Some are my favorite because I think they're just plain adorable.
And some are my favorite because...well...see for yourself


The Best

When Talmage was about 6 months old, a friend of ours from Church took our family pictures.
I loved this photo shoot!
I feel like she really captured the joy we felt as new parents
and the sweet light this baby brought into our lives.

My sister came for a visit the summer after Wesley was born,
and we set up a photo shoot on the porch swing Sam gave me for Christmas one year!
Once again, I love the joy this picture captures.

Words really can't express how much I love these three.

And I positively adore all the pictures she got of the boys together!
They are worth every single grass stain we got from throwing ourselves on the ground to get those smiles.

I was about 12 weeks pregnant with Lincoln when another friend from Church took these pictures for us! I love the feelings of peace and love they convey.


The Worst

Our photographers have been wonderful...
but sometimes we just aren't all that photogenic.
There's nothing really wrong with this picture...oh, other than the fact that Talmage is being choked.

My baby gets really aggressive about eating my chin giving kisses.

Talmage's face. Need I say more?

Well, at least three of us were having fun.

Apparently it's exasperating when Daddy plays with little brother.

Because a baby standing on the back of the porch swing is the most natural thing in the world.
As for the fogged-up glasses and sweat marks everywhere...well...have you been in Houston immediately following a rainstorm? It's a sauna.

So much for all three boys kissing me on the cheeks...and for me being happy about it.

I can't even...what am I even doing here? So awkward.

And this is probably the photo shoot that makes me laugh the most...
that one time my sister took pictures of us in freezing weather with a wind advisory.
We lasted 5 minutes and called it good.
Here Lincoln's spitting up, Wesley's inspecting the shoe Lincoln kicked off with great concern, Sam is laughing, Talmage is shielding his face from the wind, and I actually look semi-decent.
Figures.

Did I mention there was a wind advisory?

Probably the best picture of all...no question what the boys thought of the weather.

And here is Sam with his...4 children? Seriously though, don't I look like another kid on his lap?

We were shocked to find that one had actually worked in those conditions.

I'm excited to see the darling shots we got today.
And if we're lucky, there may even be some awesome outtakes.

9 comments:

  1. Talmage on your back ... My face and stomach still hurt from laughing.

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    1. Hahahaha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds that one hilarious. Even Sam dares laugh uproariously at whatever I was doing to make that turn out so awkward.

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  2. Hahaha, these are super cute and super fun!! I can't wait to see your new ones! I'm excited to have kids as an excuse to torture Joe with pictures every year ;)

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    1. Aw, thanks! As for pictures, I think it's a guy thing...I am always hesitant to bring up family pictures because I know Sam doesn't love it! But it has grown on him through the years, and he freely admits that he LOVES having them AFTER they're done. Trying to make little boys hold still and smile...not so much. :)

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  3. I tried to post a couple of times but for some reason I couldn't. But I wanted to say these pictures made me laugh out loud! I'm so glad so many of the ones I took made it to your "bad picture" list. I've been practicing my photography and photoshop skills and have been taking a couple of classes, so hopefully next time I take pics the grass won't be neon green!

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    1. Breanne, the reason so many you took are on the bad list is because you would just plug in your camera to the computer and we got all the pictures--you didn't just send us the best ones! And let's face it, almost every picture from the windy day last year could have made the bad list. It was too funny! Plus, I still love that last picture even with neon green grass. :) Glad they made you laugh, though. I'm just so non-photogenic it makes for a lot of humor...

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  4. Oh my goodness. When they are good, they are so good. And when they are bad, they are oh so very bad. You admire me with your courage to share your outtakes with all of us. Miss your sweet family my friend!

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    1. Hahaha, hope you got a laugh!! We miss you, too! Hope you're enjoying Oklahoma!

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