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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

5 geese a flying, 4 smiling faces, 1 lil doggie....

It's been awhile since our last family portrait. I am not even sure that this even qualifies as a portrait~ it is more of a snapshot. It was taken when sweet boy was two and we participated in our church's Walk Through Bethlehem. Our daughter, a fashion design student, made the costumes.



Perhaps because fall is the busiest time of year for our family, the thought of trying to squeeze in the time for a photo session is always a bit overwhelming. Then there is the fact that sweet boy has always fought getting his picture taken.




But with the our daughter leaving home this next year we knew we might not have the opportunity to do this again.



Inevitably I lost sleep over this picture taking event. Thoughts circled in my head such as "What will we wear?" "Will I get sweet boy's cowlick to stand down?" " Will the kids insisting that the dog be in the picture cause additional mayhem?" But the day came and my fears abated. This was before the flock of Canadian geese landed on the lake. Go Dog Go~!
Sweet boy in hot pursuit in the other direction.
Caught, but still looking.
I need to take a moment to mention that our photographers, Cindy and Lee Reeves, have the patience of saints. You can't even tell my nerves are shot. :)
Not to mention their incredible talent. Their work is just beautiful. This picture of my kids makes me feel all warm and mushy, like a cup of cocoa with marshmallows.


The Reeves black and white work is also spectacular.


And the end result? A beautiful memory~captured.



Blessings to you and yours this holiday season.

82 comments :

bonavita said...

Great family photos. Your right - family pictures are stressful particularly when a professional photographer is in the mix. Everything looks like it worked well for you all. Thanks for sharing!

La Donna Welter said...

What wonderful photos! What a beautiful family!

Jill Elaine said...

Beautiful Pictures. Aren't great photographers the best! I have a super one who happens to be a good friend and she always gets the best shots of my girls and then she takes them and makes them even more beautiful with the stuff she can do in editing! I think she can make bad pictures good!
Your family is beautiful, God bless you all.
Yuletide Blessings,
Jill

Kass said...

Your pictures are beautiful.With 4 kids- there was many a fight on many an occasion.Now that they are all goe- I long for those fights.
I have a dachshund too!!!Smaller than yours- Cindy Lou Who.She's been on a diet and finally is back to her old self- now to get me back to my old self!!
Enjoy your day

Kathy said...

You have a lovely family. Blessings to you and your family as well.

emily said...

These are beautiful shots! Your worries were needless.

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Photo sessions have always caused me great stress as well. Yours turned out great and no one would be the wiser of all the stress.

Songbirdtiff said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. You have a lovely family.

Christian said...

Wow! Those are fantastic photos! Thanks for dropping by my blog, I love your lighted table post!

Barbara H. said...

They're all great, especially that last one. Just beautiful! I like the ones with the Biblical costumes, too.

EmmyRedneck said...

Hi Laura!
I looove the black and white picture! I love photos like that. You should get a black frame and some white matting and that would make just a fabulous print!
Arizona, huh? My sister thinks that she needs to move to Arizona.. And I dont want her to! Lol!
She also happens to have a red dachshund named Toby! :o)
Emily

Julie From Inmates said...

Your picture is beautiful!! Merry CHRISTmas. =) Julie From Inmates

Amanda said...

what a beautiful family! and I cant wait to enter Fridays giveaway. Thanks for visiting me!

Holly said...

Beautiful family and great photos! I really like your lit up table from yesterday. Pretty, and simple to do! Thanks for stopping by my blog

Meredith said...

Your family is gorgeous! I especially love the feel of the black and white.

beth at aunties said...

Thanks for visitng and you have a beautiful family!
Your sweet boy looks like his daddy. Handsome!
I love the first picture! Your daughter is not only talented but beautiful like her mom.

Thanks for your kid comments on my blog. You are welcome anytime!

Merry CHRISTmas!

Lorrie said...

What beautiful photos of your gorgeous family. No one would ever guess at the stress behind the photo.

Lorrie

Katy Lin :) said...

what beautiful portraits! these are great! :)

Mildred said...

What lovely pictures. You all look wonderful and love your choice of royal blue & black. This will always be such a special photo and the memories will last a lifetime. I'm so happy that Rudi was able to join in the fun! Best wishes this Christmas.

Edie said...

I love your photos! Every last one of them! And the dog chasing event was quite amusing too. LOL!

Just goes to show, there is far more to life than pictures reveal. Have a wonderful Christmas!

tidymom said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures AND BEAUTIFUL family!! I loved all of them! .....I too would lose sleep wondering "what to wear" "how to pose" "would the weather be good".....that's a mom for ya isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by my place!! ...now I'm off to look around yours some more!!

~Tidymom

PamperingBeki said...

My goodness, what a stunning family!

You are so blessed. Happy Holidays to you!

Train Wreck said...

What a beautful family. Picture perfect! Saw you at Emmys so I invited my self over.(wink)

Melissa Wertz said...

Beautiful family photos.

mary beth said...

What beautiful pictures. I read through several of your posts and your stories are very touching.

Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family. mb

Sara said...

Thanks for your comment. Your family pictures did turn out lovely.

Glenda said...

The family pictures turned out so great. Love the color you chose.

Ciao

Visual Vamp said...

Thanks for sharing the process of the family photo saga!
You make nice locals form Bethleheim ha ha
xo xo

Beverly said...

Thanks for coming by my blog to visit.

Your family portraits are great. I love each one you shared.

A Beach Cottage said...

what lovely pictures of your beautiful family

thanks so much for popping by my blog

Christmas Blessings

Sarah
ABeachCottage

KDLOST said...

y'all are so pretty! that's so sweet. :)

Marci said...

The pictures are beautiful! What a lovely family. Merry Christmas.

Pajama Mama said...

You have a beautiful family-so glad you got some pictures to record this time in your families lives.
You did an awesome job on those packages, too! I think it's so nice to receive a well wrapped gift-you know the other person really cared to put in the effort to make it special!
merry christmas & thanks for visiting my blog!
-kristen

The Unconventional Doctor's Wife said...

Laura,
Thanks for the compliment on my house!

I love your family photos! The one of you guys in blue is really striking!

I checked out some of your other posts...you are one creative lady!

jenjen said...

Cute pictures! You have a beautiful family. Thanks for letting me visit. Merry Christmas!

Jen

catsmum said...

h wonderful photos
thanks for inviting me over - it was a pleasure to visit [ and I loved the table with the lights under tulle idea - may have to borrow that one for next year

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

What GREAT photos! Beautiful. Our oldest (my stepdaughter) is going away to college next year too. I actually thought today -- how are we going to do the Christmas card picture from now on?? :( I LOVE your lighted table below, what a great idea! It just glows.

Donna Lynn said...

Beautiful family photos! I have three boys and including my hubby, they all hate to have pictures taken. We did however get professional ones done cause my son got married this Sept., I will cherish them forever. You will no doubt inspire countless women to round up the family and get pictures taken!

Bless you during this wonderful Christmas season with your beautiful family.

XO,
Donna Lynn

Frippery said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful family. Your little dog id adorable too. Pam

kymber said...

What a beautiful family you have! You must be so proud of them. Pictures are such a treasure to cherish over the years. You will definitely cherish these ones I am sure.

Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. I will definitely be back to see what you have planned for Friday!
Blessings to you,
Kymber

Happy Momma said...

Yeah!! I finally found you! You have left some sweet comments on my site, but I could never connect to yours - - go figure! Great family picts and some great pictures of holiday decorating! Thanks for sharing! I'll definately be back!

duchess said...

What a beautiful family you have & a fasion designer daughter? That could come in handy.
Thanks for dropping by the other day & leaving me a comment.
I'll definitely be back.

Charlene said...

What a beautiful family you are! I would say the efforts are worth it for sure! You & your daughter are both beautiful women! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays

Blondie's Journal said...

What a beautiful family you have. Need I say more??!!! Bless you and yours!

supermommy said...

What beautiful family pictures! Your little dog is so funny. My 65 pound pitbull would be terrified of the geese.

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

It was so fun seeing you and your family. Truly, truly a beautiful bunch you are! :)
Thanks for the info on the CS tea. I have started my search but no luck so far. I still haven't been to Walmart or Walgreens.

MegCherry said...

I really like your family portraits....Blue and black is a great combo.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Merry Christmas!

Miss Sandy said...

Laura,
Not only is it a beautiful picture but a beautiful family pictured! Have yourselves a very Merry Christmas!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Awww. What a beautiful and sweet family! Perfect pictures!!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Awww. What a beautiful and sweet family! Perfect pictures!!

Sit A Spell said...

Love, love, love these photos! Chasing the dog is the best...made a memory!

Dana D said...

HiLaura! I just wanted to make sure that you received your swap package. I hadn't heard back from my email, and just wanted to touch base one more time!
Merry Christmas!
Dana

new every morning said...

Wow. Your photos are BEAUTIFUL.
The one of you and your hubby is my favorite. So classy!

Jessica said...

Such a beautiful family! I love all of your pics!!

Kim Layton said...

You have a beautiful family and I love the colors! Pictures can cause so much stress! :)

The Berry's Patch said...

Beautiful portrait. Merry Christmas!

Carolina Mama said...

Your pictures and your blog are beautiful. J'adore! :) And your great ideas. Your husband reminds me a bit of President Bush. (That's a compliment as far as I am concerned.) :) Have a good day and thanks for visiting. :)

Terri said...

They are all beautiful.What wonderful memories to have.

I found you because you posted on my blog.

Positively Creative! said...

OOOH I love the last photo, but they all are beautiful!! I'm glad you stopped by, because now I've added a favorite to my list...thanks!!

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Great photo and I love that you've included your Doxie - we have two of them.

Maison Douce said...

Gorgeous pictures!! I love the one where your son is running... His expression is priceless!!!
Isabel

Cherry's Jubilee said...

You all look beautiful! Great photos and memories! Cherry

Bonnie said...

Great family photos!

Maija said...

Just beautiful, Laura!! My oldest is heading off to college next year, too!
Merry Christmas!

Monkey Giggles said...

I love all your photos.

Thank you for stopping by to say hi. It is very nice to meet you.

Warm Regards

Susan said...

Oh my goodness...lovely!

keeper of the chocolates said...

what a beautiful family you have ;) these photos brought a smile to my face :) you all look just lovely...

xoxo
shelbi

Maven said...

What a great idea, the table. I'; going to bbokmark that page for next year because I want to make one!

Your family are all just beautiful. I loved the black and white photo too and all of you in costume :-)

Traci said...

AMAZING photos! I love the doggie - he's {or shes?} exactly the dog we're looking for right now {to adopt though, not purchase}. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. You're such a peach! These family photos are so wonderful!! What a sweet family you have.

Liz said...

Very Nice! They did such a great job making the pictures look natural! Not posed at all. You have a beautiful family!

~Liz

Blue Castle said...

Very nice pictures! I love the colors of the sky in the background. Beautiful.

Meredith Teagarden said...

I love the pictures. your family is stunning. Isn't it hard when our children begin to leave home!!

Megan @ Little Bella Bean said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog during Kimba's open house! Your family photos turned out BEAUTIFUL! And I love the candid ones. You should do a collage frame and show the candid ones leading up to the final portriat. I love the one of your son and husband in black and white. And your lighted table from the post below is an excellent idea!
Blessings,
Megan

ceekay said...

Beautiful family picture of a lovely family! Merry Christmas!!

Miss Sandy said...

Thanks for the visit. I wish those elves could come to your house too, they would have such fun playing! Have a great weekend!

cottage farm villa (aka cottagecharm) said...

You have a beautiful family!!! ~Cheryl Merry Christmas!

Lady Dorothy said...

Lovely! That last one of your family is fantastic and the one of you and your husband is also very nice. With such good-looking subjects, I don't think you had anything to worry about!

Cote de Texas said...

Gorgeous! all of you! your daughter is so beautiful and your son is just adorable! but where is the chess room????? is that your house? unreal!!!

thank you for sharing. just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shimmy Mom said...

They are BEAUTIFUL you have such a gorgeous family. I'm so glad that they turned out lovely for you. (I love your blouse and the colors you chose.)
*hugs*

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow, that is a beautiful family portrait! I love the colors you chose to wear! Gorgeous!

perilloparodies said...

what a beautiful family!!! :-) God has truly blessed you. may you have a joyful Holiday season! Or should i say, HOLY-day season? :-)