01 Jun

2012 Family Pictures

Posted by Jenna, Under family

I’m back! Back until midterms and finals and papers eat my brain this summer. But for now I’m looking forward to writing regularly again. One of the first things I did after handing in my last essay was edit our family pictures that Kelli Nicole took for us all the way back in mid-April! It’s been killing me to just leave these sitting on my hard drive, but between Jenna Cole editing and school and life and sleeping (yes, I chose sleeping over editing family pictures) I had to put them aside for a little bit. My delay shouldn’t make anyone think I’m not enthusiastic about them though. I LOVE THEM.

I spent months daydreaming about these pictures. I wanted to feel like the photos described who we are, and we are definitely “stay home and snuggle on the bed” kind of people. I created multiple Pinterest boards devoted to chronicling my ideas and made a reservation at a nice hotel in Chicago so we would have a nice bed to work with. The week of the shoot the weather was pretty gloomy though, and I knew we wouldn’t have enough light and that paying for the hotel wouldn’t be worth it. I cancelled the hotel, decided to make it work in our bedroom on a different (hopefully sunnier) day, bought some new bedding, and crossed my fingers that it would all work out during the little window of time that we had Kelli staying with us.

We endured some nasty wind and freezing temperatures outside (we didn’t stay long), hurried back inside, warmed up, and went at it for rounds two and three. We laughed and jumped on the bed and Kelli worked incredibly hard to keep T1′s attention as much as possible. I did my best to narrow it down, but couldn’t bring it below 50 favorites (this is why photographers don’t let clients edit their own sessions). I’d love to hear which one(s) you think we should put up in California!


































 

16 Comments


  1. I love all of them! But I think my favorites are the one of you and TH sitting in bed looking at each other, the one of the three of you laying in bed cuddling, and the one on the right of you playing airplane with him. Great pictures!

    Jenna Reply:

    The airplane one on the right is my favorite as well!

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  2. Oh gosh! These are wonderful! I like the one on the right of you all walking outside. I like the ones of T1 on the bed in B&W, the ones of all you guys laying in bed, and the one where T1 is in focus and you two are blurry. Also, the close up of T1 in the white shirt that’s in color, I think he looks just like you! :)

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  3. You oughta number these. It would make it easier to pick our favorites! My favorite is the one of the three of you on the bed close together with T1 between you holding a phone. And all are smiling.

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  4. Oh these are wonderful – you guys make a beautiful family! I think Kelli captured this joyful time in your life perfectly. And I especially love the soft processing and crisp whites of the indoor shots.

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  5. These are beautiful! My favorite is the one of you three all smiling while looking at the iPhone. And I love the one of you and TH, looking lovingly into each other’s eyes. So pretty!

    Your son’s eyes are stunning.

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  6. Super cute!! I love the one where you three are cuddled on the bed, T1 is looking at the camera, and you both are looking down/looking at him (beneath the vertical where he’s in the foreground and you two are in the background).

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  7. Beautiful photos: now I want to get some family photos taken too!

    I like the second one of the three of you striding off into the flowers: seems very symbolic or something. Or the one of the three of you snuggling together on the bed in a pile (T1 looking at the camera). He looks so happy there!

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  8. I love them! Kelli Nicole rocks :)

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  9. Bedroom shots:
    -#8The black and white one, below the one where you show him an animal piece. The one to the right where your bracelet shows.

    -#19Black and white portrait of you and TH when you look into his eyes. You look completely in love with it on that one.
    -#21 all 3 of you snuggled up.
    -The one with only TH and you legs visible and T1 jumping on the bed.

    Hard to pick the ones with just T1 but I love the one by the window. Kelli did an amazing job…. As usual :)

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  10. Celeste says:

    The ones of you and T1 snuggling on the bed, for SURE (not the airplane ones, just cuddles). Of the whole family, more cuddles on the bed! And of you and TH, the ones in the woods. LOVE them!

    Of just T1, the one near the break of his big smiling face. So beautiful!

    Not crazy of the ones with the electronics, but I guess that’s the world we live in – is it the 2012 equivalent of posing with a children’s book?

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  11. Oh I love love love! What a beautiful family you have. I can’t wait to meet that adorable little munchkin.

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  13. Kristin says:

    Wow, these turned out so well! I am glad your bedding worked out, I Love the one where T1 is in the front, in the onesie jumping. Something about the motion Kelli captured is just so fun, it looks like a baby dance party :)

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  14. They’re all gorgeous! I love #1 the most.

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  15. Oh wow!! These are insanely good, such beautiful memories :)

    My absolute favorite is the b&w of the three of you in bed. The one where you and TH are looking down at T1 playing on the iphone.

    They’re all stunning though :)

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