How was everyone’s Thanksgiving and weekend?! We had a nice, long weekend, celebrating with family over on Thursday, decorating more on Friday and Saturday, a little shopping and the first week of advent at church yesterday. I’m so excited that it’s officially the Christmas season!
Each year we have family photos taken. It started as Little A’s birthday photos, and has migrated into family photos over the last few years. We take them each fall; I love the colors we get with each new location we choose (2014 photos and 2013 photos). Well this year we had a new photographer. I was late to the game and our sweet Melissa of Miss Simplicity Photography was booked. A girl I went to high school with is also a photographer, and she was booked. But she recommended Mandie of Mandie Lynn Photography and thankfully she had time for us!
For our first time working with a different photographer it went really well. She has a little girl so she was very understanding with all the energy and slight lack of attention that comes with a 4 year old. And Mandie was just so darn sweet. It was so great to chat with her and learn about her and her family.
We ended up at a big park where I used to run cross country races in high school. It’s actually right across the street from a mental hospital (no joke) and my dad used to kid that when patients got lose they would go to the park to get people. Jee thanks Dad. Just what I want to hear as a 16 year old girl running alone in the woods. But it’s actually a really beautiful park with old brick and stone buildings, old barns, playing fields, playgrounds, a little farm and tons of open space to roam. I’m glad Mandie suggested it.
Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.
The last photo is probably my favorite. I just love how she came up behind us and wrapped her arms around us. She’s our girl and we love her just so darn much.
Do you have family photos done each year? I’m glad we started the tradition and I’m excited to keep it going each year.
Have a great Monday!
Aww these are so lovely!
Love all of them – the one in front of the barn door is my favorite!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston
Beautiful photos!! Really love them! Especially the last one and the one of Little A kissing your cheek 🙂 We didn’t get any taken this year but I really want to going forward. I’m trying to find a local photographer that is good and not too expensive. Have a great week, friend!
Awwww, saw these on Facebook and they’re so cute! We forwent family pics this year, and will also skip Christmas cards because we want to send out New Year’s cards to include Otto in them. And nobody needs professional pics of their face, water-retained and all, at a full 36 weeks plus pregnant, haha!
Ok, these are too cute! Your family is so photogenic. Your little girl has the cutest faces! I love the location you picked and the Fall-ish color these pictures have. Love it!
They all turned out great, but I too, love the last one the most! So sweet!
I wish we got our pictures taken every year. I’d be happy with every other year. My sister tried taking some of us this month and my kids were awful. Not one turned out. I’m paying someone big bucks next year to get a good one. 😉
How fun! They turned out great!
Love these photos! You’ll be so glad you did these and can look back on when the kiddos get older 🙂
Some of these look like they should be in a magazine! That one of little A looking down in front of the barn?! *heart eyes*
The pictures turned out so well, even working with a new photographer!
So many great shots! Looks like your little one is a natural at getting her picture taken, lol.
Beautiful photos. I love the last one, too. The barn is really beautiful and picturesque. You are right, your daughter should be an actress, you can tell she’s very dynamic from the photos. Happy Holidays.
Happy Holidays. I love the photos. The scenery is gorgeous…as is your daughter. We haven’t done a family photo in years. My parents hosted a session a few years back with them and my sis and her family. Since then, the best we have are selfies. Yikes.