It’s family photo time! We’re so happy with how these turned out, and I wanted to share them with you. When I look at these pics, and when I think about the fact that we have our little Brady and our Rudy too — well, it makes me very grateful — that’s for sure.
By the way, we’re still in Florida, soaking up one more day of warmth, humidity and some of our favorite people. We’re heading back tomorrow though, which is always bittersweet. I hope you had a nice holiday weekend and are feeling ready to get into the Christmas spirit. I am! 🙂
Our 2018 holiday family photos
This year, we used Laura Michele Photography. Laura is a super sweet Les Mills group fitness-loving gal, who reached out to me on Instagram. She is based in Santa Clara and works all over the Bay Area.
We did our photos on a Sunday afternoon, and I knew I wanted to take at least a few inside our home, because it’s our first year in the house. And then we moved outdoors to Larkey Park in Walnut Creek, just a couple minutes away from us for a more fall-like feel.
We’ll start with my favorite shot of the batch …
It seriously melts my heart when Brady sucks his pointer finger. He does it when he is tired or nervous. So it seemed fitting we capture it in one of the last pictures we took that day.
And some others …
A few solo shots of our guy playing in the leaves … which took zero staging at all … we just put him in the leaves and he knew what to do. I think he liked the sound of the crunching.
Brady wasn’t really all that into the photos overall though. He was pretty good when we were outside, especially when he got to play in the leaves, but when we were inside the house, he tried to escape every single time we picked him up for a shot. He’s a busy guy and doesn’t sit still even for an instant. The outtakes were great!
Oh, and of course, Rudy joined us for the inside photos, because he’s a big part of our fam. And Rudy kills it in the photos, every single time. I struggled with whether he should come to the park with us too, but ultimately, we decided it would be easier to get the pictures done with just one little guy to hold.
A few in front of the fireplace in the family room …
One of just Dave and me in the office (while Rudy and Brady were crawling around the floor by our feet) …
One in the living room reading a book — which is something Brady loves to do, and we do with him every single day …
And one in the nursery, which is the coolest shot of the whole bunch …
It will be hard to narrow down to a few for our holiday cards, but I hope to be making that decision this week.
We not only wanted to get pictures taken for the holidays this year, but we also want to get some enlarged for the walls at home, because we have one last room with blank walls just waiting to be decorated. I’m happy to say that these photos will get lots of use.
If you’re in the Bay Area and in need of a photographer, who is not only talented, but also really great with babies, then give Laura Michele a call. She does newborn, family and more. (Special thanks to Laura for giving us such a sweet deal!)
Laura brought a little wooden clicker shaped like an avocado that helped get Brady’s attention, and she was sweet enough to give it to him at the end of our session — he loves it.
If you mention A Lady Goes West, she’ll give you $20 off your session, and the first three people to book will also get three free high-res digital images. Whoot!
The dress I’m wearing
Have a wonderful start to your week, my friends! xoxo
Questions of the day
Did you take holiday pictures this year?
Do you send out holiday cards?
How was your weekend?
Are you excited for Christmas?