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If my children ever come to me in the future and say they no longer want their annual pictures taken, I think it might literally kill me. I look forward to these each year even though it’s growing increasingly more difficult to get them done because of where they are and schedules. But I am determined to document their lives even if it’s not what it used to be in the day to day photos.
E.Beth turned 21 this year. I guess that’s a big milestone these days. It really wasn’t for my husband or me. Maybe it was for others around us but we weren’t aware if it was. All I see 21 as is another year that my children are no longer babies. Sniff, sniff.
I guess you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.
She said that she wanted some new family photos. I recommended that we wait until fall when the temps are a bit cooler. She said how does next week work for you? Um…… okay. So fall is out then. We planned it for the following Saturday.
After a while of shooting, her husband asked if she wanted him to get the thing they made out of the car. I had no idea what was happening. He brought back a board and asked me where he should put it. I told him I didn’t know because I wasn’t quite sure what it was. Then he turned it around.
It took a minute for it to sink in for me. But when it did I gave her a big hug and started to cry. You see, she is a friend of mine and I see her daily because we work together at our church daycare. I had no idea! The last I knew, they were done having children. Yep! She lied to me. She said that she always wanted more but didn’t want people bugging her on when the next one would come. I guess her strategy worked.
Needless to say, fall would have been a little late to share the news, which is why it happened sooner. Thankfully, the morning we chose was not blistering hot or muggy so it all worked out perfectly!
All of my children are very unique and have great, individual qualities. But one thing they have in common is that they are all a bunch of goofballs! I love their silliness. I guess because it makes our times together fun and interesting. Also, because it reminds me a bit of the way I used to be before I got old and boring. Life is such a great gift and it’s very important to enjoy it.
I did my usual, “hey Nolan, can we go out and shoot a few pictures for your annual shots?” All I NEED is 15 minutes. Just give me that.” Truthfully, that really is all I need. Providing it’s 15 cooperative minutes. It didn’t help that goofball sister #2 was along for the ride. My kids all feed off of each other’s strangeness. They come by it honestly I guess.
After the first spot, he looked at the pictures and said, “I think I’m good.” Really? You think you’re good? Cause I’m pretty sure I’m not. Mama needs more shots! So I got more shots. Not many, mind you, but more. I just love this
“Before you were ever born He set your life apart. Before we held you in our arms you were held in God’s own heart. Before all time began His hand was on your life. He knew you and formed you in His image, in His light.” ~Jeremiah’s song
This sweet one was due the end of August. But she decided that she was ready to come the end of July, five weeks early. Not your run-of-the-mill preemie, she rocked the weight and all of the typical problems you would find in a premature baby spending time in the NICU with virtually no issues and left after ten days. But was she really early? By earthly standards, yes. By God’s, for sure not. Because we know that His plan and His timing are ALWAYS perfect!
I think I can honestly say that this is my first family session that hasn’t involved small children. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to handle it, but it only took a few minutes to get into the swing of things. The dogs helped out a lot! It was like corralling toddlers so there wasn’t too big of a difference. 😉
I’ve known the Freburgs for quite a while now, but have never really interacted with their sons much. I learned very quickly that they are a fun family. And the daughters-in-law (one to be) fit in perfectly!
Thank you, Freburgs, for allowing me into your evening for a few hours even though it pushed into your dinner and you had to eat late.
Are you putting off your little one’s or family pictures because of the weather? Maybe it’s because you’re waiting to lose those last few pounds or get a base tan. Or…. is it because you don’t know what to wear? Maybe you don’t even know where to begin with putting together outfits for your family. Let me help! If you want assistance, I would be more than happy to aid in that. Or, start here. If you choose within this color palette, you can’t go wrong.
Mom, always choose your outfit first. Then work down through the kiddos and add your husband last. Trust me! It works best and in the end you will love your images because you feel good about yourself. Don’t put it off any longer!
If you want to wear bright colors, please reserve those for your accessories. Lighter colors are always best for you to shine. And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns. Mixing patterns and colors can make or break your images. Again, if it’s a struggle for you, please shoot me some of what you might be thinking and I will be more than happy to help.