Our Family Picture 2015

Each year we do a family picture in the fall for our Christmas cards.  For the past several years my husband has participated in a fundraiser to raise awareness for men’s health called Movember.  This involves shaving his facial hair into a creepy mustache for the entire month of November!  Therefore, it is my personal mission to get our family pictures done before the mustache makes an appearance.  This year we planned our family photo shoot for mid October after church.  The trees in the woods behind our house were beautiful this year, so the location was  a no brainer.  We even took the dog (Grissom) with us this year and he was in several of the final portraits.  Here are some of my favorites from our Fall 2015 Family Woods Portrait Session:

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It was several weeks later when I started looking for the perfect Christmas card.  Have you ever been drawn to that card that just isn’t fitting the photo you had in mind?  I quickly noticed all of the designs that I had chosen weren’t going to work with the beautiful pictures we had taken a month before.  Any other person would just choose a different style of Christmas card…Not me.  We had made plans to go out one evening as a family so I used the opportunity of clean hair, faces, and decent clothes to retake our photos specifically for the Christmas card designs I had chosen.  The only thing I couldn’t change was the mustache on my husbands face.  It was his payback for having to sit through another round of family pictures lol!  In the end it was totally worth it.  The family picture turned out great and I captured one of my all time favorite pictures of the kids!  I ordered my Christmas cards from Vistaprint this year.  They were good quality and an even better price.  I ordered from tinyprints last year and the quality was a little better, but the price was more too.  I also typically like tinyprint’s designs.  Depending on what you are looking for both have great options for Christmas cards.

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Cora’s Newborn Portraits

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How precious are these little girl newborn shots!!!?  Sweet Cora was born on January 24th, 2 weeks before her due date.  She still came in at a healthy 7 lbs 1 oz and measured 20 inches.  She stole her parents hearts the moment she arrived.  As I was editing these images I couldn’t help but think I was looking at a mini Kelli :).  Cora looks just like her beautiful mother.

Cora’s newborn session went so smooth we were even able to get big brother, mom and dad in several shots.   Big brother Reid was all about sissy.   I think she is my most smiley newborn to date and I captured some of my favorite candid newborn shots ever.  Here are some of my favorites… view the entire session here.

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Family Maternity Portraits

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It’s an exciting time when a family is growing.  It is easy to get caught up in busy schedules and the preparation of a new baby.  I try to think back to my 2nd pregnancy and there are many details that are just not there because I was preparing to welcome a new baby, while chasing a 2 year old around.  Family maternity sessions are a great way to capture those memories that will become cloudy or even lost over time.

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We were able to put check marks by each one of our tasks after this session.  I fell in love with these portraits as I was editing them and had a hard time picking only a few for the sneak peek :).  Can you believe this is Kelli’s second child…and she is 35 weeks in these portraits!  She has the cutest little bump ever.  There were so many perfect moments captured during this family maternity session.  Take a look at some of my favorites and please click on link to view the entire session…there are tons of other great pictures that I couldn’t fit into my favorites template.

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Portraits of Brothers

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I’ve taken these boys’ pictures since the oldest was 1, but I have never photographed them all together.  We had two goals during this session, to get pictures of the boys together and to get 1 year individual portraits of the youngest Frazier boy, Colin.

Sibling portrait sessions can be chaotic, but they also result in some of the most heartfelt portraits, because you can see each brother’s personality come to life with each frame.  Ian’s two little brothers look up to him so much and he does so well guiding them and setting an example for them.  Aunt Jess came along and it was great to have an extra set of hands!  Here are some of my favorite shots from this sibling portrait session.  Click here to view the entire portrait session.

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The Perfect Gift- Newborn Lakelyn

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There is nothing better than being a part of a couples journey in expanding their family!  The Nifong’s welcomed little Lakelyn early on December 11th.  I have had the privilege of being with them from the announcement, to maternity pictures and now the moment we have been waiting for…Lakelyn’s newborn pictures.  Can you think of a better Christmas gift!  My little girl was born December 6th and I remember being so excited to visit friends and family for the holidays to show her off.

I have had a flood of newborn boys the past several years so I was so excited to get all my little girl props out for Lakelyn’s newborn session.  The session went so smoothly.  I was able to get some excellent portraits of little Lakelyn and some stunning picture of Lakelyn with mommy and daddy :).  Here are some of my favorites.  Click here to view the entire newborn session.

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