I can’t tell you the number of times the words “family photos” have caused my family to moan. In my early years as a parent, we did JcPenny Studios and other very posed, very formal pictures.
Cory in a sailor suit is classic.
We had to bribe Leslie with Skittles to get her to sit and smile for this photo.
Nathan wasn’t too keen on looking naked in a tin tub. (What was I thinking?!)
Yet we did have this ballerina costume from her one year of dance lessons, and at least we got a chance to put it to good use!
Tomorrow we’re taking family photos, but instead of trying to figure out coordinating outfits I told my family to relax. I’m not even going to worry about what they’re wearing. (Well, not mostly!)
Recently my 21-year-old daughter traveled to Montana to visit my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. These are some shots taken by my photographer friend Jessica McCollam. No screens, artificial lighting or formal poses. I think they’re FUN!
Of course we have to have a photo with everyone together!
This father and son photo is priceless. A real keeper!
This one of my daughter-in-law and grandson is a tender, natural moment.
Finally, whenever my younger kids fight this reminds me that some day will will grow up to be best friends!
Even though we may lean toward photos that will make us look like shiny new pennies, sometimes the ones we cherish most are the ones where real relationships and real personalities come through!
What family photos do you cherish most?