Sunday, November 16, 2008

Out For Some Pictures

It was a beautiful November day...unbelievable...64 today here! Tuesday is going to be 69!! Anyhow (getting side-tracked in marvel of the nice weather in NOVEMBER)...we went out today and took some family pictures. Okay, one of my major PET PEEVES in life is going to get family portraits done...or even for just one kid. Waiting for the photographer to be ready (and I have an appointment!), keeping the kids calm, keeping the kids clean, getting them to like some total stranger and actually smile for them....not my happy day. But I do love having nice portraits of the kids.

About this time of year (Christmas card time) I know I need a good family photo. Have any of you ever gotten (or sent) cards that have just pictures of kids on them, and you're thinking...who are these kids?! You really need to put your pictures on there too--so we know who is sending these to us (reading the name on the card is not enough)--I want to visually see how my friends are getting older too, after all! =) I digress again. We went out on this beautiful day, to a canyon that is mere steps away from our house (although we drove over there as to keep the kids from dilly-dallying). My friend Natalie and I worked out a trade...I put all her Christmas Card addresses into a spreadsheet so she can send out her cards this year (without having to hand-address her cards), and she take some pictures of our family with her talented eye and fabulous camera. **I love trades** We got some great photos of the family together and I wanted to share some of the fun ones with all of you. So here you go. So much better than going to a studio!!

8 comments:

decoratinggal said...

Beautiful pics! Great job, Natalie...Sara, if you want a little more pizzaz, I have some PS tricks for you...

Shay

Todd and Lisa said...

I totally agree with everything you said about taking pictures with some strange photographer! All three of my kids had picture retakes for school. Anyhow, these are BEAUTIFUL. I may have to head to the canyon as well. We tried to take some yesterday at the house with my in laws - but I am not sure --

Thank you again for ALL your help for the girls conference!! My thing turned out fine and I felt like the girls thought it was meaningful and you and Isabel and all of the girls were wonderful singing!!!
You are the best! Thank you for sharing your talents so willingly!!

Cindy said...

Wow -- what a FUN trade!! And what fabulous photos! I feel the same way about a photo studio! Hmm...maybe I should figure out some sort of trade with someone! :o)

Mike and Wendy said...

How fun! The pictures turned out great. Natalie better watch out, she going to be hit up for alot of "trades"! :)

The Gatherum Clan! said...

Ok, if we were to move back, will you guys take our photos? I have been a terrible person because we don't have any nice family photos! I hate the thought of trying to find matchy stuff to wear and then when and where to take the photos! I know---really LAME! I was hoping this year I could get with it, but not so sure that is going to happen. :) And, yes I am one of those that sends my kids pictures on our Christmas card, and have gotten comments. :)

Janint said...

Oh Sara! I love the pictures! I would like to have that type of trade too :) We had a family picture for the 1st time in a professsional studio last Nov.8 and I'm still waiting for the prints!!! Your children are gorgeous and you and Jim look really good too.

RBennett said...

Wow! What a beautiful family! I can't wait to see the Christmas card.:)

Kami said...

Great job Natalie! What a cute family you have!!