At the end of September I mentioned to Mike that I really wanted family pictures taken this fall. I was going to be taking pictures of a few other families at the beginning of October and knew the fall colors would be great. Well, life got in the way and Mike ended up heading to Iowa a week earlier than we planned - hence, no family pictures then.
However, I managed to drag the kids along figuring I would at least get pictures of them done and we'd wait another year for full family photos.
Isn't that orange purty? Ahhh...loved it. This was really just a practice shot before my neighbors arrived to have their picture taken, so it isn't glowing with sibling fondness, but I still like it.
But, then they were goofing around and I caught this....
I also took some shots of the kids separately. Maddie's were okay but I've had better photo shoots with her. Jake wasn't feelin' the modeling thing and I think I got three shots of him. Here's the winner:
We tried posing together to kill some time. That's always an exercise in humility as I run back and forth to get composed in 20 seconds. This was our best shot, and I don't think any of us are in focus. However, it's been forever since I've had a decent picture with just me and the kids so this will probably also be in my piano studio...
And that was our day in October. I thought it was good and I got the "kid" shots that I wanted. However, each week that passed by, I was more sad that we hadn't gotten a family picture taken together. So, I made the executive decision towards the end of October that despite the lack of color, we would just suck it up and get our pictures taken.
Everyone was thrilled. Not.
This took three reschedules as well. Finally this past Saturday Tracy graciously came over to help me figure out what the heck our family was wearing (thanks, Tracy!!!). I had already been shopping at her house in the morning and what she borrowed out to us didn't work. Then I had been shopping with a "no-holds-barred" attitude for three hours. I purchased four shirts, six scarves, four necklaces and one pair of earrings. I will be returning four shirts, five scarves, and three necklaces. We ended up borrowing a scarf from Tracy's neighbor and the extra jewelry not being returned is my family's way of thanking me for saving them from a shopping horror expedition.
We headed out to Hyland Park because I knew there would be shade, a lake and lots of fallen leaves. I wasn't expecting to find any color left whatsoever. However, when we arrived there was one beautiful tree. All the leaves were still on it - it was a pretty gold that was going to look perfect with our outfits. I was a happy girl. Jake was wrapped in the blanket we had brought with to sit on. Maddie was ready to put on her coat; it was windy. Ridiculously windy. So windy that we couldn't take our picture by the perfect tree that had been waiting for us because our hair would have looked like we were sitting through a tornado.
So, we hiked over to a little area I'd previously discovered with a perfect little wood wall to sit on. I took pictures and ran back and forth. In my uber-professionalism I realized after the first 10 shots that Jake's shirt collar was completely messed up. By then the wind had kicked up more and we needed to find a spot with some serious wind blocking.
Here's what we ended up with: the first picture is our family shot this year. The "Serious Windblocking" wasn't really happening but we did end up with some minor blocking and now it just looks like someone's blow-drying our hair:
While I got things set up, Mike and the kids were goofing off - possibly trying to wrestle to keep warm...
I did get another shot of Maddie and Jake that I liked. Can I just say: Jake's hands on his knee? Looks totally casual - except it was only placed liked that after I asked him to please unclench his white-knuckled fist and look relaxed. He agreed to try between chattering teeth.
Here's a shot of Maddie solo. Though you can't see them, her firsts are clenched too:
I can't decide which pictures of them I prefer - there's also this one:
And we managed to get an updated picture of Mike and I. Pretty sure this hasn't been done since about 2007 or thereabouts...
Sadly, neither of us are too excited about this one. It was the second picture I showed to Mike. He said, "Okay...what else?" I told him that was it. Two pictures turned out of the maybe 10 we shot. By then it was 1) getting dark and 2) getting even more windy and chilly.
We headed to Biaggi's to finish celebrating Mike's birthday week and the wrap of Family Pictures: 2011.