Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Family Photos

Our only request from Grant's mother for Christmas was a family photo. Well, after our attempts to do it at home turned into one big, fat (albeit really funny) FAIL, I convinced the Farns to boldly go where we haven't gone before: a portrait studio.

I was a little discouraged at first because we got a lot of shots like this:


But the photographer knew what she was doing, even with a squirming 10-month-old at the end of napless day (that's right, our session was at 4pm and she refused to go down for a nap beforehand, awesome). We didn't waste our time...

Now, I went in merely hoping I could convince Grant to get one family portrait and maybe two or three of Kendra...however I was the one who had to reign him in. "Yes, of course they're great shots...but how many of these do you actually want to bring home." The answer? In correct Farns terminology: "Approximately one point five buttloads." We came home with TONS of pictures! So far the only pictures we've had in our place was this Greg Olson print of Christ someone gave me when I was baptized and the awesome photo mosaic Grant made of a shot from our wedding that we had printed up on a poster. It feels all grown-up and stuff to actually have pictures up on the walls... Here's what we did in the living room:

And here's our hallway:

It's pretty cute, the door to Kendra's room is immediately opposite that family shot, so we walk by these photos many times a day getting her up from sleep, putting her down for sleep and changing her diaper. She totally lights up and gets excited every time she sees them. Maybe one of these days, I'll remember when Grant's home so that we can capture it on video...

And we have so many prints that not only do we have to stagger them around the house, we also will have to cycle them out to make sure they all get displayed!

And that's just the 10x13 ones we bought--if you have any interest in owning a shot of our family or Kendra, we can totally hook you UP!

8 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Wow, they look great. I am getting excited because I know I am getting some when you are here in less than two weeks. WooHoo.

Lybi said...

Oh oh oh! Sooo cute pictures! Aren't you glad your hubby gets excited about spending money on family pictures, and not on num-chucks and stuff like that? 1.5 buttloads, hehehe. I'll have to use that.

Kristina said...

Those are so great! My favorite thing about Portrait Innovations is that they understand kids. I do love that first picture you posted though. That is awesome. You might not want to blow it up and put it on your wall, but candid shots like that are so priceless :)

Scott and Kel said...

So cute!! We never manage to get cute pics if Haddyn isn't cooperating. Either I need a new photographer or maybe I need to just realize Haddyn is EXACTLY like me and that makes it my fault and I can't get mad...I guess. :) She's such a doll! (oh yah, you look awesome too)

Belkycita said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!
oh the portrait studio and loving parents are a deadly combination.
WE hope we can get some :-)
no hurries, we are still working on our Christmas card! but I LOVED yours :-)

Grant said...

Thing about family portraits is that they get cheaper the more you buy! The only solution to that optimization problem is to BUY A WHOLE BUNCH! As big as possible!

Peterson Family said...

LOL, the first picture says it all! Kendra is such a cutie, you can tell that little one has personality! Those pictures turned out so good, I am wanting some family photos too but I have no idea what would happen if we went to a studio to get them done (I'm afraid it could just drive me to the brink). Seriously way good pictures and they look amazing in your home!

Danielle said...

GREAT pictures!! Sign me up for a 16x20 of all of you! jk. Caleb throws such a stink about getting pictures taken, and I don't really blame him. It's hard with 3 kids who don't want to sit or look at the camera. Enjoy these relatively easy family pictures while you can. :)