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September 30, 2010  -  Portraits

lori + mike + julian + romy

Okay, so here we go - ROUND THREE of this morning's Blogplosionpalozzafestivalthonmanialawnfetefishfry and prepare your eyeballs and fallopian tubes, because if you don't have kids, you're going to want them and if you have kids, you're going to want these photos. We're super proud of this set and the biggest reason we were up forever last night was trying to pick only 15 of these. We had way too many we loved to start with that were our favorites. It took about half an hour to go from 44 to 42 and we finally just had to start going a little random or it just wasn't going to happen at all.

This family is so full of win. Thank you for rocking.
I loved shooting these four. We shot them last year when Romy was just a tiny, tiny thing, and it's so cool to get to shoot a family multiple times and watch a family grow, especially when we get to see someone's personality start coming out.

I'll be honest - last year, I told Rich I didn't want to shoot portraits anymore. We shot 50 weddings & 50 eshoots + a bunch of family shoots, and I about lost my mind. I figured the easiest way to regain sanity would be to just do weddings. Well, my husband told me to take a hike, and I'm so glad he did. Instead, we decided to limit the number of weddings we're taking for the year so we don't go nuts + so we can do more families, because man, I really love it. It might be my favorite thing to shoot, and I especially love shooting kids Julian's age - I wager it's because it's the age Murph is now, and I'm so smitten with little four year olds - how the world is theirs to explore and how a stick is hours of entertainment, but they're learning so much, thinking so much and are so darn funny, yet they're still affectionate and caring. It's a really awesome time, and Julian is everything awesome about it.
Yep - I remember that :). Back in the day I would sometimes shoot families solo, and I've always found it to be one of the most rewarding things you can do with a camera. You just have to roll with it when kids are involved. Holy cute baby, batman...
Yeah - these two are ridonkulously adorable. So, almost immediately after we showed up and started shooting, Julian goes running through the field and then comes over to me and demands to see the shot I took. "How did that look?" he asks. I would've cracked up laughing if he hadn't made me so nervous putting me on the spot like that. Seriously, it was the first time anyone's ever demanded to see a shot I had just taken, and he totally stressed me out! :)
He was killing it. He couldn't wait to show us his skateboarding injury (a little rash - so epic), and the frame after this one where's he's kissing his mom, he looks dead at us and grins like, "How was that, photographer people??"

Seriously, I think the only time you hear us laughing while we're editing (not to ruin the illusion, but we usually sit there, listening to pandora and just staring at our screens - kinda boring) is when we're shooting kids. The frame after that when he checks to make sure we got it is hysterical. If I hadn't had such a tough time picking blog-shots, I'd have done a double on that. :)

Romy was killing me - in just about every photo we have of her, there is a flower (a bunch of different ones) clutched in her hand. She's definitely the sweetest girl ever - she kept running over to me to show me whatever flower she had. Literally, seconds after we'd get her back to her family for a few frames, she'd wander back over and be like, no - for real, check out my sweet flowers!
The happiness children bring into the world is not possible to overrate.
For real - you guys have the most adorable family ever.
This was one of my many, many favorites...
THANK YOU, again, you incredibly beautiful all around and stylish fam. We had a really good time making these photos with you guys and hopefully we'll do it again next year. Now, we're done blogging for the day (phew) and we're off to have some adventures...

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