Every fall, we take our annual family photographs. Getting our photos taken at the same time every year is a fun way to compare the growth of the children year over year and it gives me enough motivation to get Christmas cards ordered.
The past two years, the kids were like feral cats during our shoots and almost all of the photos are of Brent and I looking at the camera with strained smiles while Everly and Arlo attempted to twist their little bodies out of our grasp. This year I was determined to get our pictures taken as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Brent made a new dad friend at preschool and over coffee one day, Jakob offered to take our family pictures. We met him in a field that I drive by every day on my way home from work. Over the months I’ve watched as the untamed greenery turned brown and the small trees scattered about slowly turned orange and yellow. I knew it would be a perfect backdrop.
I put these outfits together the morning of our photo shoot and went for bold colors and patterns that would contrast nicely against the neutral, earthy background. Everly, of course, had her own opinions on her outfit, so she picked out the scarf, cardigan and shoes. (I think she did pretty good!) None of us match, but I think in a weird way, our outfits still compliment one another.
I’m not proud of it, but I have to admit that I bribed the kids with a few jelly beans to get them to sit still this year. 25 minutes and four jelly beans later, we had all the photos we needed to fill our frames and mail out to friends and family. It was the easiest, shortest, least stressful family photo shoot we’ve ever had.
I’m so happy with the way they turned out- especially of the children together. They are at the sweetest ages right now and I love how their personalities really shine through. I plan to dig up our family portraits from the last 5 years tonight and hope to share them. I’m in awe of how much we’ve changed in what feels like the blink of an eye.