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Family Portraits – A Yearly Tradition

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Why we take yearly family pictures!

Family portraits are about showcasing your family and having photos to last a lifetime. Check out this post on why we take yearly family pictures!

From the moment you find out your pregnant, you begin to look forward to all the new family traditions you will begin. Trick or treating, hay rides, parades, 4th of July fireworks, picnics, the list goes on and on. One thing my husband and I knew we wanted to make a yearly tradition was family portraits.

Sisters in front of a Christmas tree

Why We Take Yearly Family Pictures

Not just pictures of the kids but of all of us as an entire family. I got the idea for this post from one of my BFFs Carrie. Carrie is a professional photographer and owns her own portrait studio. (Check out her work here. She is amazing 🙂 ) On her blog earlier this summer she posted an entry that was near and dear to my heart. Moms often put off or remove themselves from family photos because of being self-conscious.

Formal family photos in a hotel

Believe me I am the queen of being self-conscious. I don’t particularly enjoy having my pictures taken, and I tend to be overly critical of all photos of me. My face is either too fat or I look too pale or I look super tired. Despite all the self-doubt, we get our family pictures professionally done every year (or try to) since Harley was born. Well, except when Harley was a flower girl in 2 different weddings, one with Bear, so we planned on someone just snapping a pic at one of the weddings which of course we forgot. This goes to show the importance of making it a priority to take the photos.

Little girl posing for family portraits

I am super, super, super, super fortunate to have a friend who is a professional photographer and because she is amazingly generous we haven’t had to pay for all of the photos. I am so grateful to have so many fantastic photos of my girls from the time they were 6 weeks old.

cheesy sister smiles

I know what you are thinking, “professional photos are so expensive. I can’t afford to get them done every year!” I get it, really I do. Some professional portraits may be more than your mortgage, but others are totally reasonable. You may be surprised if you ask around! Get on your local Facebook group and ask for professional but reasonable photographer. Trust me. Other moms know these things 🙂

little sister taking family pictures

I really think families need photos together. You will cherish the photos. Katie Thurmes once said “We take photographs as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” Your kids are only this age once. You have this moment to capture them at five years old. The photos and memories last a life time.

Family pictures in front of a Christmas tree

I also love capturing photos with my husband. We thrive as a family by working together. One day when we are old and gray we can show out grandchildren how young and gorgeous we used to look.

loving couple

Many thanks to Geno Photography for all the amazing photos. I hope you all enjoy them.

3 thoughts on “Family Portraits – A Yearly Tradition”

  1. I just adored this post and I love all of your family photos!

    You’re so right about the “self-conscious” thing. I’m the same way… super critical of all my pictures.

    I love how you mentioned to get pictures with your spouse. We hadn’t done that since our wedding almost 8 years ago, so when we got our professional pictures taken in September, I was delighted to have pictures of just me and Evan.

    You have a gorgeous family Katie – and your girls… *sigh – and you’re one pretty hot mama!

    Thanks for sharing at the #CHRISTMASbloghop!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas.
    xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! They are last year’s family photos (as is the post). This years are more spring colors so I decided not to do a blog post about them. But we did take them!!

      I am still self-conscious in our photos, but I look at the big picture: we have beautiful pictures of our family!

      Our photographer (who happens to be my best friend) does A LOT of wedding photos. So I think she likes to honor the husband/wife relationship in the family portraits as well.

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Your girls are quite the little cuties!! And you are one hot mamma yourself!!

      Have a lovely Christmas my friend 🙂

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