We had family pictures taken 4 months after Matthew was born, in the crisp fall of early November. Two years later, we followed suit when Bryson was 4 months old, and it was fun to see how our family had changed in just two years. We thought about getting pictures taken again last year, but we weren’t 100% sure if we were done having kids and figured that we’d wait until we knew for sure. Because there was a possibility of a third baby, I wanted to save the money for possible birth photos. Shortly after missing the crisp fall weather, we were told by two doctors that we were done having babies.
I scheduled our family photos in July for the fall, because I love nothing more than a fall setting and sweaters! I scheduled them for the end of October, a little earlier than we’re used to, but I was hoping for a little more green grass this year. I immediately got to work on coordinating our outfits and decided to go with blues this year instead of our “normal” browns and tans (Hottie accidentally wore a brown quarter zip sweater in both our 2011 and 2013 photos – it was a different sweater, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the pictures). It all started with Matthew’s sweater and then the rest of us each had a different shade of blue on. It looked great in theory!
The pictures were not easy – Matthew gets so crazy and wild when he has an audience, Bryson was tired even though he’d just napped, I was wearing a dress that was way too short for my comfort level, and Hottie just wasn’t in the mood. I felt like we got a few good ones, which is all I wanted, and we called it after 20 minutes. Denise, my photographer friend, sent me a few teasers and I knew we’d gotten the few that I’d hoped for, after a few head swaps 😉 I waited for a couple of weeks, then, as she edited and took a much-needed vacation.
I got the full collection of photos on Sunday and they are so great! They capture our family, our craziness, my exhaustion (I’m not in many!), and the boys’ personalities. I’m really glad we waited 2 years from the last time because that’s a good amount of time to show some major changes in the kids. And.. I’m running out of wall space because I can’t bear to take any of the old photos down!