Of Taking Photos

Do you take photos?
What kind of photos do you take?
Do you use a camera? Do you use a phone?
Do you make your kids pose and smile?
Do you take photos when they are playing and doing normal things?
Does your house need to be clean for a photo?
Do you move the junk in the background to make it look like Pinterest?

However, whatever way, please, just pick up your phone or camera and use it.
Take photos!

Make them smile and say cheese.
And then take some of your everyday life!
I can’t say it enough. Just take photos.

You think you have the memory of an elephant, but I guarantee you won’t always remember what your 4th child looked like jumping on the sofa pillows that were spread all over the living room floor. Or for that matter, how the 11-year-old sits when she reads.

I would like to tell you to pick up a camera and use it, but if you won’t, that’s fine. At least use your phone to take photos. After you do that, save them somewhere and then print them. Two days from now when your two-year-old gives the phone a bath, you’ll want the photos you took today.

Don’t make them look and smile every time. The inner me wants to do that. I want to fix and primp and say, “Smile nicely. Look at me. Behave. Look normal.” All the while what I am really doing is creating an unnatural look because what child stands still, smiles nicely and is cleaned up 100% of the time? None. And while you’re at it, let the mess in the background. No one has a house straight from a magazine.
(well most of us don’t anyway)

Take photos of the kid covered in chocolate pudding.
(and print them, like the one on my fridge)
Take photos when you stop for ice cream in the summer or go to the park.


Take photos of them wrestling on the floor after supper.
(I would post that one, but one of them probably wouldn’t approve) 🙂
Take photos when they fall asleep on your lap with their rattiest clothes on.
Take common, ordinary, everyday photos!

Now let’s talk about you, the primary photo snapper. Are there any photos of you? Hand your camera or phone to your husband or kids and tell them to take pictures. They will love it and who cares if you think you look fat, your hair aren’t combed or whatever. In 20 years, you’ll think you look great!

Be intentional about photographing and videoing your family. Eric’s aunt texted me one day and asked if we owned a video camera? No, we don’t, we used to but we just use our phones now. “Buy one!” she said. They had just watched their home videos from when her kids were young and she couldn’t believe all the things she had forgotten.

Someday you will be glad for every single photo you have taken of your people and wish for even more. I love every photo we have of Tristan. I wish we had more. The other day I came across some more that I didn’t know we had and they are a treasure. We don’t care how he looks, we are just so glad for a few more visual memories of him.


Take a photo of the after school mess, the projects, the crafts and the one million things they can drag out to create one little thing.

All that to say, pull out your phone or camera, take some pictures, hand it off to have some taken of you and smile!

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Brian & Charity | Wedding

On a beautiful, warm day in September
there was morning fog, sunshine, and lots of love
and a wedding.

The bride’s family

Little sister of the bride

Groom’s family

Bride’s grandma


A special family to the bride.

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 It was a pleasure to spend time with this couple!
May you enjoy a long and happy life together!

More photos on Facebook here!

Ez & Edith and girls

Early this Spring, I received a message on Facebook.
“Would you consider doing a special kind of photo shoot?”
After hearing the details, there was no way I could turn it down.

A young family,
two beautiful little girls,
a sweet young Mama
and a Daddy fighting cancer.

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After spending an evening with them,
I haven’t been able to get them off my mind.

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Just watching them, you know they are making every moment count.
I was playing with the girls and taking some photos of them,
I looked over and saw this!

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Whisper a prayer for them.
He’s been in and out of the hospital lately,
and life feels tough, I’m sure.

Family Photography

This fall I had quite a few photo shoots
that I haven’t blogged about.
It’s time to remedy that.

I love to watch a family interact,
it doesn’t take long to figure out
what dynamic each member plays in the family.

You have to quiet ones, behind the scenes,
sometimes they remain that way,
other times their few words carry a lot of weight.

You have the comedian who keeps
the entire family laughing
and then pulls a few stunts for the camera.

You have a little one who dislikes photos,
and you have to pull out all the stops
to entertain and (bribe) that kind.

And usually there is the mom,
tugging, pulling, fixing and straightening everyone up!

All in all, it’s fun, it’s interesting and entertaining.

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Little Ones Moments

Backing up to the first of March,
we were in Florida over Spring Break.
I figured since Kennedy had just turned 2,
I could take her 2 year picture quite easily down there.
Nada.
This mother forgot to take into consideration
the simple fact that she was dealing was a 2 year old.

I won’t even tell you how many pictures I took that night,
and not one was a nice, “Look at me and smile” photo.
So, we used what we had and you could just
call it, “A typical 2 year old photo shoot.”
Summed up nicely into one word
it would be called, “RUN!”

Even though she was less then cooperative,
I don’t want to forget those moments,
how she ran, wouldn’t look, ignored me,
but boy, did she enjoy herself!

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When we would go to the beach during the day, she hated it!!
Sat on a chair or towel under the umbrella almost all the time.
In the evenings, she was a different child, she loved it.
We have since figured out, she dislikes anything hot.
The sun was hot and so she sat.

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{May I never forget this soft little hair}

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Oh, the sea weed, how she loved that stuff.

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She found a little pile and played for a long time.
Her Daddy checked on her….
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…and she would have been happy to share.
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When I asked her about it,
I got a very real smile, seaweed, gum in her mouth and all!
This was the only picture with a genuine smile.

Right now she stands behind my chair yelling,
“That’s me, Mama! I have yuckies.”

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She loved to run, so when he offered, she was willing.
If the water got to close, she was running the other way.
She had an awful fear of the water.

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She stopped often to check out shells in the sand.
Thankfully she doesn’t want to bring them all home. {yet}

I wanted just 1 picture of all 4 of them…
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…but every few seconds she would turn around and yell,
“Waa waa is coming!!”
She was so scared that water was going to get her.

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She found a sand castle someone had made.
After sizing it up for awhile,
she destroyed it in a grand 2 year old fashion.

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And when she thought she was left behind,
Daddy was there to take her hand.
She licked her tears and felt safe holding his hand.

I pray she puts as much energy
into Jesus someday as she does into life today!

Question of the day:
Doesn’t this make you want to have a 2 year old?

March – 365

March already?
Yes, I am aware that it is nearly over.

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3-1 Soft pretzels

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3-2 My Haitian bowl with fruit

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3-3 The feverish child sleeps

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3-4 The librarian is in.

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3-5 There are actually days you can tell they love each other.

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3-6 Their favorite spot in Pinecraft FL

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3-7 Vacation is the life… for kids.
(but any good mom knows they were up and running in 2.5 sec)

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3-8 Quick Care Sunday Morning.

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3-9 Beach days are quite a lot more fun for the kids then parents.

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3-10 Waving in the wind

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3-11 Sea Shell hunting with their dad.
(You should have seen her throw it when it stuck a sticky leg out the side)

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3-12 Little Georgie is feeling better if she wants my coffee again.

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3-13 One last swim

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3-14 Homeward bound

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3-15 Are we there yet?

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3-16 God paints the sky

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3-18 Time spent with old friends are the best.

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3-20 Reagan makes the best of the mud

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3-21 A good lunch after grocery shopping