We had family pictures taken a couple weeks ago and I got the digital rights to all the photos last week!
Although I already shared a couple of the full-family shots on the blog, I figured it might be fun to share a few more of the kids and different poses.
Neither Dave or I love posing for pictures, so we were both elated with how well the photo-shoot went, how quickly we were finished (30 minutes!), and how well the pictures turned out for 3 little children on an unseasonably hot and humid night.
We have never gotten family pictures in the spring before, so it was a fun change of pace and an opportunity to wear a little pop of spring color! Also, even though I had our wardrobe all planned out, I completely switched up my outfit choice about 15 minute before we left 🙂
Nora has been a “natural” in front of the camera since she was born. I often joked that when she cried as a baby (which was A LOT), I could just pull out the camera and she would almost instantly start to smile.
She was very stubborn the day of our pictures — not wanting to wear the jean jacket, insisting that she do her own hair, etc. etc. I had a nice long chat with her before we left to get photos, and she knew that if she wanted Culver’s custard, she better be on her best behavior.
Thankfully, she seemed to hit it off very well with our photographer, so she behaved wonderfully and was all smiles! And yes, I know… she looks SO old!
Simon was quite shy at the beginning of the photo shoot. He didn’t want to be in the pictures, he didn’t want to smile, and he clung to Dave… as you can see, he eventually warmed up to the camera!
Also, his non-smiling poses are actually some of my favorites.
Despite refusing to eat anything before we left (causing lots of unnecessary stress for me!), James was FULL of smiles!
He did much better than I expected for such a little guy, and he even let Nora “hold” him for several of the pictures.
I was hesitantly optimistic that we would even be able to get one picture with all 3 kids looking and smiling — but to my surprise, I had several good ones to choose from!
That last one is so sweet — especially since Nora couldn’t stop giggling when we were doing that shot, and you can see her big smile even behind her hair!
I ordered a handful of larger prints to fill the outdated frames on our walls, and I am SO anxious to get them up on the walls.
In the meantime, I’ll hopefully be enjoying a sunny and warm 3-day holiday weekend at home with my favorite people, doing yard work, baking a few pies, waving our flags at the parade, spending time with family and friends, and maybe even catching a quick nap.
Also, I’m taking Monday off… because I can!
MORE INFO: We had our pictures taken by a rusty old bridge over the Grand River with a very neat brick building right next door. We used Zander & Breck photography — who we’ve been using for several years (I went to school with Kari).