I have a confession to make. Of the 8+ that we've been married, I've sent out Christmas cards exactly twice (not this year, sorry Mom!)
And, although I've taken thousands of photos of our sweet girls, I've hired a professional photographer to take our family photos exactly twice as well.
It's not that I don't value good photography (or Christmas cards!). On the contrary. I ADORE great photography.
But.....life happens. I just never "had the time" (or so I thought) that it would take to properly plan out, prepare for, and then actually schedule a photo shoot.
Then, when I was crazy pregnant with Lucia, we did it. Upset over the fact that there are hardly any photos of me pregnant with Eva, we took a great family photo shoot when I was 37 weeks pregnant in 2011 with our good friend & great photographer Natalie. I LOVE & cherish those photos! Why ever did we wait so long?
So, I know what you're thinking. She probably did newborn photos, 3 month photos, 6 month photos, etc...right? Oh, no. My oh my those months flew by, and good intentions don't add up to much if you don't make plans! Finally, I had an idea to mark our 10 year engagement anniversary (I'm a sap, yes...)
I had two desires for our family shoot. I wanted it to be:
1. true to our family's style
2. different than what I've seen.
While I just love seeing other people's family shoots at the expected So Cal spots, I had a hard time envisioning our family in the photos. What I finally came up with was a Vintage travel style photo shoot, embracing our family's love for vintage style & colors.
Our Inspiration: I have always loved these vintage style engagement photos by Clayton Austin that I posted about back in 2010. I didn't spent a lot of time looking at family photos online, because what I found when I looked once was a lot of work that I didn't care for, and I also didn't want to be swayed to design something based on someone else's idea.
Our Photographer: Our photog was the über talented Meredith of ZoomTheory Photography, who we have had the pleasure of working with on several weddings, as well as the Love Tour that she has helped to curate (ps. if you're engaged, there are 3 stops on the Love Tour this spring- please join us!)