June 19, 2011

Family Pictures

It's always a joy.

I booked the session about a month ago but didn't tell my husband about it until the day before. I've learned from experience that ignorance is bliss.

He behaved himself (for the most part) until we pulled into the parking lot of a local park. It was filled with cars.

"There are other people here!" he cried in horror. My husband refused to get out of the car for five minutes.

"What's your problem?" I hissed.

He pointed to a nearby picnic blanket that was occupied by a young family. "They are going to watch us!" he wailed.

The idea of smiling for the camera was bad enough. The realization that he would have an audience just about sent him over the edge.

Add to the mix three kids who consumed too much water from the drinking fountain and had to use the bathroom and one who is two years old and doesn't like people looking at him and you've got a recipe for fun.

I have our fabulous photographer, Jennifer, from Treasure Photography here in Orlando to thank for making the experience as quick and painless as possible. She didn't have much to work with, but did an amazing job with what she had. We were in and out within an hour:









You can see some more pictures from our photo session on Jennifer's website over HERE.

*****

The dress: it's lovely, no? If you've read my blog for any length of time, it should come as no surprise that it's from Shabby Apple. Even if stores did still sell stylish dresses that are appropriate to wear outside of a nightclub (good luck) you would have to pry me away from Shabby Apple. I love 'em. The dress they very kindly sent me just in time for my family photo session fits like a glove and is insanely flattering. Not to mention perfect (lightweight) for the summer. If you haven't tried a Shabby Apple dress yet, I highly recommend. You will love.







I also have my eye on this one. I have a thing for embellishments. And white horses.

25 comments

Lisa, An American Mom said...

Jana you and your family are seriously gorgeous! You are so pretty and yet have such a sharp tongue and razor wit. It's an amusing contrast. :) Thanks for sharing your photos!

Jennifer said...

You have a beautiful family!

Katie said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful family!! LOVE the dress too!

Marydon said...

Too cute, Jana ... what a fun session. The kid-lings are darling. Glad hubby got over his shyness. Chuckle!

TTFN ~
Marydon

Lisa said...

Great pics!!!

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

Love the dress! Love the photos!

the emily said...

I just got the dress you linked to (the purple one) but in green in the mail yesterday. It's fanTAStic. Love Shabby Apple.

Mom of 12 said...

Thanks for the fun pics! A couple of years ago for Christmas I told the family that all I wanted was a photo session. It was INCREDIBLY painful! The SIL refused to go after he heard I wanted everyone to dress up. He finally relented but showed up in a black t-shirt. I like the park idea. Maybe we could just have someone hide behind a tree and snap a few when no one is looking...
Sandy
www.twelvemkaesadozen.blogspot.com

Shana said...

Beautiful family

Carol said...

I love that dress! You have a beautiful family and I agree...springing things on people at the last minute sometimes is the only way to get things done! :) Thank you for sharing your photos. Looks like everyone had fun.

Rachel said...

Those pics are so pretty! Love the one of Cameron... His eyes are GORGEOUS!!!!! Pretty baby...

Lulucarrot said...

I love them. Thanks so much for your blog. When my husband and I have time in the car I read them aloud above the din of justin bieber and
"STOP" coming from the backseat. You help us make it. It's like the Michael Mclean song..."Your not alone." Thanks for the commiseration.

Lynn said...

"She didn't have much to work with," whatever! Your family is beautiful! These photos turned out very nice. Makes me want to head out to our local park and get some family photos today! Now to convince the husband and kids...

Chris Tani and Princess Brielle said...

What a cute family! And you don't look mean in pictures at all! :):):)

vanilla said...

Very nice, indeed.

The Miller Five said...

Great pictures Jana! Your family looks great!

Lisa said...

Beautiful pics!

BeckyB.West said...

The very title of this post made me shudder. We've had some very unfortunate incidents with this. But yours turned out so great. And the dress is fabulous!

Just Jaime said...

LOOOVE that dress. I knew it had to be Shabby Apple!

Mrs. Tuna said...

You all look so young and happy, not old and tired like me.

Mindy said...

You look awesome....and, the kids are pretty cute too! :)She did a great job for you guys-

Ruth Ann said...

For years I have wished that photographers would set up a video camera for our photo sessions and let it record the whole time. I think it would be SO fun to see the video as well as the pictures.
Your family looks great!

Miranda said...

beautiful family. nice to see faces to go with all your hilarious stories!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I love that dress and your family (and the portraits) are gorgeous!

Bridget said...

Awwww, your family is beautiful! :) These are great pictures.