One of the things on my seemingly never-ending list of photos to take was a photo of baby Elliott with his 8 big brothers and sisters. Other moms out there will know that this is NOT an easy task. First of all, photographing your own children is inherently more difficult than photographing someone else’s child. Why? The same reason why most kids will behave better for a babysitter than they will for Mom & Dad…they don’t know what to expect from a stranger, but they will push the limits with you! Secondly, nine kids is a LOT! That said, I was determined…this picture was at the top of my priority list. Plus, I needed a Christmas card!
So, I set off to find the perfect location. I wanted beautiful fall colors, and pretty light. I took my 2 littlest girls out to test spots and found this gorgeous area. We were even blessed with our first snowfall of the year!
I dare anyone to tell me they aren’t adorable! <3
The next day was the day for the group picture. I tried to remain upbeat and positive and hoped that would rub off on the kiddos (having pictures taken isn’t usually at the top of the list of fun things to do). A huge storm system was moving in and the sky was getting darker (you other photographers out there know this can be worrisome for a natural light photographer). We hurried up to the spot I had scouted out the previous day, and got everyone set up. We kept a nice warm blanket over baby Elliott until the very last second before I clicked the shutter. He slept through the entire thing! Do you see the snow falling? Literally 20 minutes after we finished up, this turned into a full on blizzard; so much so, that we couldn’t even see the mountains from our house. Totally crazy…we made it just in time!
I LOVE these pictures. I love them because they are my babies, and I love them because their personalities are shining through. In the 2nd picture, I was telling a wonderful, potty humor laden story about the great overflowing toilet. Hey, whatever works! I’d say it worked well! :)
I feel like the luckiest gal in the world…seriously, who couldn’t love this bunch? And yay! I got my Christmas card picture!
A TOTALLY unrelated picture, but one I wanted to share anyways, is this one of sweet baby Elliott. Isn’t it amazing how fast they change? He is such a sweet boy!