For family photos, we used to do the classic portrait studio visit. I'd angst over all the clothing selections, make sure we got the best time slot (not too close to lunch or naps), and then try not to lose my cool in the chaos of trying to get everyone to sit down and smile at the same time. There have been times when we had to leave because it just wasn't working. And then you have to select your pictures while the kids are in melt-down mode.
So in a funny twist of fate last summer, Liam decided to run into a doorway and split his forehead open fifteen minutes before we were leaving for one of these family photo sessions. It never happened. (Liam was fine after six stitches by the way.) Instead, we smarted up and asked some family friends to capture a more realistic version of our family last fall. I don't know if I'll ever be able to go back to a portrait studio again. Not that I didn't worry about clothes or timing, but the actual photo session itself was fun.
I had the pleasure of getting photos of me and the girls done with John and Whitney of Leaves of My Tree again this past month (I was up until 1 a.m. finishing my dress the night before). Unfortunately this may be the last time (they're moving this fall!), but here are some of my favorite shots they took of me and the girls:
Although I'm sure there must have been some funny and not-so-flattering photos in between these shots, candid photos just capture nuances that you wouldn't be able to see in regular portraits. I love the life in these--my life, here and now, with my little girls. It's not perfect, but there's love, and lots of it.
What are your most memorable family-photo moments?