Family pictures by Rachael Nelson. I like the candid shots, where you can see some personality coming through (or Amber sticking out her tongue).
We love doing them outdoors. It feels less staged, and it's fun for the kids to be able to run around at a park. In October we had some beautiful golden colors. There's a mellow light about an hour before sunset. My photographer friends know these kinds of things, but this was something I just learned a few years ago. We went to Highland Glen park, right by Lone Peak high school. There were at least four other families doing pictures there, taking advantage of the scenery and the late afternoon light.
See how Norm is smiling? That's because he only had to be there for half the photo shoot. Here's my #1 secret for the reluctant spouse. You know the one who says, "Do we really have to do family pictures? Is that really necessary?" The kids and I leave home and meet the photographer at 5:30pm, and she has time to do individual shots of each kid. Then Norm leaves work and joins us around 6pm, in time for the family groupings. See how that works?
Of course Amber brought her baby doll. She tried to help it walk along the path with us.
My boys are constantly trying to prove who's bigger or smarter or funnier. You get the idea.
Karly is the sweetest big sister. She helps Amber so much.
Okay, here are my random notes on other details. Don't worry about perfection. If everybody has a clean shirt, preferably solid colors, it will work out great. This year I tried to be cutesy with the girls' dresses and some floral prints, but I think next year I'll go back to my rule about solid colors. Some of my friends do amazing things with wardrobe and family photos. We're not that fancy.
And just like that, we were done. We stopped for dinner on the way home. The timing on that one is kind of an important detail: pictures first, dinner after.