Thursday, June 4, 2009

my life {Kansas City Family Photographer}

I received some news earlier today that put me in a sour mood. And as I re-read the email that was responsible I had a choice to make...allow the negativity to fester...or throw it away. I'm choosing the latter. And although I've peered into the trash can a few times already this afternoon, I'm making a concerted effort to look at the MANY things I've been given that make my life so abundantly full.

This weekend we headed out to capture a few family images. I took a few (hundred) images of the kids and my sweet husband maned my camera for a bit. We managed to get a handful of images that I LOVE and will always treasure. And he was SO sweet to play along with my endless critiquing (although in my defense he did cut off our feet in about 50 pictures).

My girls are growing up way too fast!

And this sweet one...with her silly toothless grin (sigh)...

I'm so thankful for the chance to get in front of the camera. A friend and I were recently discussing the phenomenon of having your portraits done as an adult. There is such struggle between how we *think* we look and how the world really sees us. But to put it off, you are merely delaying the gratification of having precious memories with your children. And hair that needs to be colored, a few extra pounds, or no new clothes hanging in your closet just don't seem to matter when you think about how little time you have to capture those early years together.

My poor hubby was having an awful allergy attack. His eyes were SO red and puffy I thought they were actually going to swell closed at one point in the evening....what a trooper :) All part of the memories, right?

This was my favorite image from the night. It reminds me of the image of me and girls on our last beach trip (in the right sidebar)

We attempted a family portrait too. A friend tagged along and we traded some photos back and forth of the families together but the perfect shot seemed elusive. But I'm not done trying. We'll be heading to the beach in a week and I've already got the wheels turning on some fun ideas.

My life. My family. My happiness.


Angel said...

I love all the bright colors you chose. And the picture of you and the girls is my favorite too. It's so genuine.

I think you are so right about how we don't always jump in front of the camera when we don't feel photo-ready, but it's important not to miss out because someday our kids are going to wish there were more pictures of us (how they remember us way back when).

p.s. I have that same shirt in pink! So much cuter on you though. :)

rae-rae said...

Congrats on your ability to leave the negative email in the trash!!! Be strong and stay positive on the MANY blessings you have in your life!! Your family is beautiful. i read your blog daily because it always makes me smile!
Thank you for all the positives!

Bethany said...

LOVE these images!! What treasures you have here! You and your family are simply adorable!! You should cherish these always...

Sorry about the negative email. Hope tomorrow brings only bright and happy things to you!

Jessica said...

Such sweet photos!! Love A's toothless grin and the one of you with the girls is just priceless. Good for you on throwing out the negative email - life's too short to let those things bring us down. Hope tomorrow brings nothing but blue skies for you!

Noelle said...

It takes a big person to let the negative go so willingly (key word!). I'm inspired by this! As always, love your photos. They brighten my day. And remind me I better step in front of the camera once in a while, too, lest my daughter think she grew up without a mom, lol.

Lala said...

Hi Jenn!!! LOVE the pic of you and the girlies!!! The kids are growing up so fast! Glad you were able to get in the picture this time!

Have fun at the beach! Hope all is well!

Love you friend!
Lala :o)

Swede at Heart said...

Jen these photos are beautiful! I love the ones of you with the girls and the girls on their backs looking up. I have a similar one of Katie and Kristian and it's one of my all time favorites. :) I'm glad you got out from behind the lens for these, you will cherish them!

emily said...

these pictures are so great! i am in olathe...i grew up here (and in overland park---i graduated from blue valley high)...
small world!!