Monday, January 16, 2017

I'm a Fan of Family Pictures

We got our family pictures taken back in November, but I haven't shared them with you yet.  I was keeping them under wraps until our Christmas cards went out and then we gave some prints to family for Christmas.  I was really pleased with how our first family of FOUR photos turned out.  It's always a lot of work to plan outfits, schedule a photo shoot and make it all happen, BUT I never ever regret going to all of the trouble.  It's priceless to have sweet pictures of my family and I'll love them forever.

My best family photo shoot tips:
1. Try on your outfits ahead of time to make sure they all fit, look good and are comfortable.  Let everyone have a say in what they will be wearing.
2. Make sure that everyone is fed and hydrated BEFORE the pictures start.
3. Be very clear about what you want and what type of pictures you like.
4. Get all of your pictures done within 30 minutes.
5. Plan a reward for everyone right after pictures are done and talk it up during the pictures
6. Get a game plan together with your spouse.  Kevin doesn't love professional photo shoots, but I do.  So we talked through our expectations beforehand to help things to go smoothly during the session.

The weather was perfect for November,
the local park was beautiful and we were close to home.

My favorite & our 2016 Christmas card:

Kevin's favorite:

Framing this one of Olive:

Framing this one of Fletcher:

I can't wait to frame several of these for a sweet collage.
The kids already seem a little bigger 
so I'm thankful that this moment of time was captured.

Are you a fan of family pictures or is it something you dread??


  1. LOVE your family pictures and your tips are so great! We get family pictures taken every fall...I absolutely love having pictures of our family all over our house!! In the past, getting our pictures taken has always been pretty sweaty and stressful- but this year, the photographer we used brought her partner and it was amazing the world of difference it made to have TWO people taking pictures. We had a great time, got some awesome photos and I wasn't even sweating with a headache when it was all said and done! HA!

  2. OMG, your photos are beautiful! The one you are planning to frame of Fletcher is precious and definitely worth framing. What a sweet boy.

  3. What a precious family you have! The pictures are great! I love all of Olive's facial expressions! SO CUTE!

  4. Such sweet family photos. We haven't had any done for a while. I really need to fix that or swap with a friend or something!

  5. I love family photos, too! It's the one time a year that we are all photographed together. I'm usually the one snapping photos so it's fun to be in them from time to time.

  6. Love your pictures! I love getting pictures made and my husband has accepted it's reality in our family haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  7. Love how these turned out! I've learned that a more basic outfit with a great statement necklace (like yours) is much better than something with lots of components. Like you and Kevin, I love having pictures taken and Paul loathes it. The time limit and reward at the end....I need to put those in place for Paul. LOL. :) Thanks for sharing your family pics with us!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  8. These are really cute family photos! I love the leaves as the background! So pretty!

  9. Aww, these are so great!!!! I truly love them! The background is so perfect and the personalities were captured so perfectly!

  10. These turned out so well. I agree. If it can't be done in 30 minutes, the shoot is a bust!

  11. I just love how you have one dark eyed and one light eyed baby just like me! :) It's kind of my favorite!

  12. I love them! I don't know how you can narrow down ones to pick. I'm having a hard time picking out ones from our wedding. Those tips are pretty good to make sure it goes as smooth as can be.


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