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October 26, 2011  -  Portraits

jack + shaw + elin + colleen + kastle

Every now and then, we have a bugger of a time getting the weather to cooperate with us for a shoot, and the past few weeks of dreary, rainy and cold weather unfortunately had us rescheduling a few times on Colleen + Kastle, and I always feel bad when that happens, but in the case of Colleen's family, it turned out to be a great thing since we got gorgeous weather for their family shoot. In fact, a few minutes in, and I was straight up hot which is a fantastic feeling this time of year (our heater kicked on last night - boo).

So, we got to enjoy one of the last absolutely beautiful days with their amazing family.
No doubt - when you live up here and you have to deal with winters that would make less hearty people cringe at times, you really treasure perfect, Fall days. There's nothing better than getting out with your kids a few last times before things get stupid cold and dressing your kids in Christmas Story style snowsuits becomes the norm. As we type this on a really dreary morning, it's making me smile a ton :).
Ha! Yeah - I keep looking from my monitor to the window, and it's not good outside. I really, really, really hope we get a few more good outdoor play days before winter (though Rich + I are both really looking forward to Dexter in a snowsuit - Murph's first winter, his inability to put his arms down was absolutely hysterical every time he got in the darn thing).
Colleen had asked us if we could get some photos of her whole family on their bikes, which is something all the kiddos really enjoy, and we were all about it. On family shoots, especially when there's 2+ kiddos running around, any sort of activity we can get the kids focused on can free us up to take some fun photos and I think it helps everyone relax, too.
To say I was jealous is an incredible understatement - Shaw + Jack are AMAZING on their bikes. We've been trying to get Murphy to give up his training wheels this summer, but he wanted nothing to do with it, but Shaw + Jack were flying around and were just unbelievable on their bikes. They're both racing this year, and I think that's so ridiculously cool.

Thank you guys for letting us shoot your amazing family. Your kids are totally rad, and we had a blast.

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