Saturday, December 1, 2012

Family Pics - October 2012

Only once per year does everyone in our little family put on our big girl panties (or big boy boxers) and suck it up to take family pictures.  It's such a dreaded event because it's just so darn stressful. Trying to find a time that works for everyone, losing sleep over what to wear, praying that the weather will be nice enough to endure an hour or so outside...all the planning that goes into it only to leave a session feeling like it was a complete disaster.  Nonetheless, it's always worth it because the amazing photographers we have worked with in the past always seem to manage a few good shots that are Christmas card worthy, but 2012 must have been our lucky year!  The incredibly sweet and talented Kelly Madole put up with our shenanigans for one full hour and, somehow, was able to capture a full array of beautiful images that I will treasure forever.  Here are some of my favorites....


In addition to the fabulous pictures, Kelly was so wonderful in helping me design the perfect Christmas card.  Now that's no easy task because I am ridiculously picky and can't seem to make a decision to save my life.  Just as in the photo shoot, she was so attentive and patient and eventually came up with my favorite card to date...

Speaking of not being able to make a decision to save my life...I encountered that problem while choosing images for our house display as well.  I ended up following my motto...when in doubt, get them all.  Kelly is a retailer for The Organic Bloom frames, which are my latest obsession.  A collection of these framing my favorite pictures worked perfectly for our stairwell!  I'm so excited about how these turned out!!!

Thank you, Kelly, for such a wonderful experience before, during, and after the session.  You have given me enough hope and courage to face family pictures again next year!!!


  1. Lena, let me just start by telling you how beautiful you are!! and your girls are so precious - one looks like you and one like your hubby! too cute! I love the colors and pretty much every picture, too!!

    1. Lara, what such sweet things to say! Thank you SO much! I am, however, curious as to which girl you think looks like me and which looks like my husband. So many people say that, but it's interesting because the answers are always different! Congrats on your upcoming bundle of joy...can't wait to hear whether it's pink or blue!