Monday, September 29, 2014

First Photos of Five

I think it goes without saying, but just in case, I’ll say it anyway…
I love photographs.
Old photos, new photos, my photos, your photos.  I take pictures, I scrapbook, I blog, I share.  I love to display photos in our home, and not just keep them on the hard drive.  Someday I hope to take a photography course, as well as a class on Photoshop, so that I can gain skills and knowledge to take better photos.
I drool over the professional photos that I see streaming through the blogosphere - beautiful outdoor scenery, coordinating outfits, happy, smiley faces.  I have always wanted to be able to have photos like that taken of our family, but until our family felt “complete” {for now} I didn’t want to make the investment. 
So here we are, finally the family of five that I have felt like we waited forever for - done having babies, ready to embrace the next stage of this life, growing up and aging so stinkin’ fast… and I just wanted to be photographed already!
We have a sweet friend whom we know through church, who owns her own photography company, Tiny Dreams Photography.  Ashley specializes in photographing young children and their families, she’s reasonably priced, she’s a friend and we wanted to support her small business.  Win/win all over the place.  We headed out to Chippewa Nature Center last Monday afternoon to, hopefully, make some photographic magic.
Things started really well…and then the boys got comfortable…and then a little too comfortable!  Ashley was so patient with our kids — Reed, in particular, as he decided to go all “I’m a funny guy and I’m just gonna be funny instead of listening to an.y.one!” which of course caused Drew to be silly and more interested in laughing at Reed than cooperating himself.  I was even more disappointed after having all of that happen after lecturing both boys before we left home on how important these pictures are to me!  Somehow I had convinced myself that my expressing said importance would somehow convince them…  I’m funnier than I thought!  Ha!
I admitted to Ashley after she had shown us the proofs, that I was disappointed when we had finished our session.  I felt like we were going to get very few “good” shots because of the boys’ uncooperativeness.  She said, “I told you you’d be surprised!”
She was right.  My word.  I am in love with these photographs!  And even more so with the candid ones that she captured.  We’re not that polished or proper or put together.  We don’t pose well - we’re a casual, relaxed bunch - and I’m thrilled she was able to capture the goofy that is written all over our family!
Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we?  
These are my favorites  — coming to a Christmas card near you! 
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Ashley - Thank you.
{Funny story about our clothes… I began gathering possible wardrobe choices over a month ago, laying different combinations out on my bed, figuring out what went with what, with the end goal of buying as little as possible.  I chose Ruby’s outfit first, and coordinated the rest of us around what she would wear.  Her top and skirt were already in her closet (new as they are the next size up), but I did have to purchase new tights and boots.  I also had Drew’s shirt and jacket in his closet, still with tags on as they were clearance rack finds, intended for next spring.  When nothing was quite right for the rest of us, Kohls and Younkers came through in a big way.  So, my “buy as little as necessary” turned into “everyone gets a new top!”  Totally worth it.}  :) 
You can see what Ashley had to say about our session HERE on her blog. 

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