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Family Pictures…didn’t think they were happening for 2015

 And then…a holiday miracle was bestowed upon me!!  My brother decided to come up and visit this last weekend, and it was pretty much instantly decided between me and my mom-FAMILY PICTURES!!!

We had all been to Maui over the summer for my parents 45th wedding anniversary (a couple posts can be seen here and here), yet due to all the various activities with 3 families the only picture we got of ALL of us was one taken by a waiter at one of our family dinners :{  I even brought my tripod!!!  It never saw the light of day though…sigh.

And don’t get me started on my immediate family.  With a teenager that works while also taking college courses, another teenager who is in high school and sports year round, a husband who travels half the week, and me who works on the weekends…oh, and rainy Seattle.  Our family pictures had just fallen by the wayside this year…

And…I’m not going to lie.  I was bummed.

And then…it happened!

My mom got these of me…Blog StyleMint Scarf Joie Tambrel Sweater DL1961 Emma Lola Keim Booties-1Yup.  Every once in a while, I call to my daughter like she’s a dog 😉Blog StyleMint Scarf Joie Tambrel Sweater DL1961 Emma Lola Keim Booties-1-And then…Because she needed a little warming up, and me being a monster seemed appropriate ha!  THIS is what family pictures really consist of haha 🙂Blog StyleMint Scarf Joie Tambrel Sweater DL1961 Emma Lola Keim Booties-2 Blog StyleMint Scarf Joie Tambrel Sweater DL1961 Emma-3 Blog StyleMint Scarf Joie Tambrel Sweater DL1961 Emma-4 Blog StyleMint Scarf Joie Tambrel Sweater DL1961 Emma-5In another post, I’ll show how cute these boots are!  I found them for $4, and then later realized they retailed for over $100!  SAY WHAT?!!Blog Gap Kids Jean Jacket SweetLukaMo Forest Native Dress Naturino Boots-1Seriously, DYING!!!  Her dress….it’s the PERFECT twirl dress, which she happily did all around our house.  In the cold with a bunch of layers…not so much.  Thankfully, I bought it in a size 6 hahaha.  SO…be prepared to see this dress and another one just like it a LOT!  SO CUTE! Blog Gap Kids Jean Jacket SweetLukaMo Forest Native Dress Naturino Boots-2And, because it’s rare to get the Huz in some pics…Blog Family Pics 2015-1 Blog Family Pics 2015-2 Maya CANNOT handle people getting their pictures taken without her.  I got 1 shot of my parents before she photobombed them!  Yet, on the way there her exact words were

“I don’t want to be in the pictures, NO WAY!  I’ll just hide behind you.”  Oh boy…and yet, I’ll happily be photobombed!!Blog Family Pics 2015-3 And then!!!  Honestly, I always think “All I need is ONE!!”Blog Family Pics 2015-4 But we got a couple of super cute ones!Blog Family Pics 2015-5 THANKS MOM!!Blog Family Pics 2015-6And then, I had to get a few of the kids, because…are you kidding me??? Blog Family Pics 2015-7I can’t even handle this… Blog Family Pics 2015-8On me…

Sweater- Joie “Tambrel” (eBay, other color here)
Scarf- StyleMint (old, on the cheap similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 Emma in “Cellar” (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Lola Keim (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- Old Navy (thrifted, similar here)
Boots- Naturino (thrifted for $4!!, but similar here or different colors here)
Keeping it Real…
I’m still not getting my act together to send out a CARD this year, and I’m trying to still absolve myself of that.  I could send a Happy New Year’s Card, and honestly, I made one up.  BUT…there’s still the addressing and stamping, and I’m still behind on so many client’s stuff, so…this year.  It’s not going to happen.  My one big guilt is that I don’t have a massive way of telling people.  Not many of my friends or family know about this blog and Facebook is sporadic at best on sharing, but…so be it.  I’ll try and do better next year.
OH, AND!!!
You guys…for those new to the blog.  THIS happened last year, so honestly, my bar was set pretty low hahaha.  I can laugh about it now… Maya is super happy and chill as long as she doesn’t realize “PICTURES ARE BEING TAKEN!”  And, since I take most of our images with a self timer and tripod, or while she’s playing- she doesn’t get it.  Thankfully, I have a solid knowledge of Photo Shop, and took a butt tone of pictures to make sure we had ONE good image, yet…the stories are priceless.
Seriously…DYING about the Huz and Maya.  Me, Charlie, and Jackson are like “KEEP SMILING THROUGH THE MADNESS!!!!” ha!Blog outtake Family Pic 2014
(Only one of these pictures was taken with a self timer and tripod-say what?!!
All others taken by my mom or me! :))


Happy Holidays! (from Lauren & Family)

 This holiday card was such a comedy of errors…

Maya falls on a metal toy and gives herself a black eye the day before (thank you Photoshop!!) -> Our kitchen sink broke at 11pm the night before -> the Huz stayed up late trying to fix it -> was too tired to fix it -> He got up at 6am to try some more -> Kept trying for 6 HOURS, including multiple trips to the  hardware store, thus blew through our original 10am shoot time.  Huz FIXES THE SINK! -> Time for Maya’s nap so we decide to try when she wakes up ->  Maya boycotts nap for almost 2 hours and finally falls asleep ->  She wakes up at 5, cranky and hungry -> Light is fading fast, so we decide to just rally everyone up and go for it -> The outfit I had originally had in my head did NOT go well with the kids clothes (which was what I was most worried about) and the Huz hated his sweater… -> Maya is starving and wants a cracker every 30 seconds -> entire shoot lasts 15 minutes from first shutter click to the last shutter click (including cracker breaks).

All that said…(now that 2 months have gone by) I love our holiday card.  It’s us 🙂

Happy Holidays to you and yours! 🙂Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-1 Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-2 Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-3 Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-4 Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-5There wasn’t a lot of time for “outfit” shots, so I ran outside with the tripod once we got home and got a few more before the sun went completely down. Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-6 Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-7 Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-8 Blog Coated Genetic Denim Booties-9Big thank you to my parents for riding the wave, feeding Maya, and getting some great shots!

On me…

Sweater- Unknown (ebay, but similar here)
Jeans- Genetic Denim (similar here and less expensive here)
Boots- Paul and Joe (From Shopbop old, but fun different color here here, similar here and less expensive here)
On Maya…
Dress- Gap (similar here)
Tights- H&M (sold out, but similar here)
Boots- (thrifted, similar here)


What to wear for family pictures?

This is family picture season.  I’m in the thick of it at work, and families always ask…

“What should we wear??”

My answer is always, first and foremost, wear what you feel good in!  It doesn’t matter if you are wearing the latest trend, all look good together, etc… If you don’t feel good-you won’t like the pictures!  Now, that aside, here are some tips-

*Wear complimentary colors, but try not to be too matchy matchy.  I love when a kid/children wear a print and then older siblings and parents pick up a solid color in that print.  Or, you can have everyone wear neutral colors (creams, browns, grays) and then have a pop of color here and there (scarf, shoes, hair accessories, ties, belts) that match.

*Try to stay away from large logo’s or pictures on clothing.  It tends to draw the focus away from the most important thing….you and your family!

*Don’t wear all black.  Yes, we all feel good in black.  However, when you are all cuddling together (those are my favorite pics!), you will look like a big blog of black with floating heads.

*When in doubt, do a dress rehearsal really quick one night and snap a pic with your phone.  You will see if it all meshes well or clashes 🙂

Here’s what we wore last Mother’s Day.  Every year, that’s what I ask for as a present.  My parents take the pictures 🙂  We don’t have the boys for Mother’s Day (obviously), so this just gives you an idea for a smaller family…

I started off with Maya’s print top…Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-1Then I picked up a color in her top with my solid top. Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-2 Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-3Same with my husband. Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-4I made sure his shirt picked up another color and also went well with my top.  That’s usually not a problem if you chose different colors in your child’s top. The colors usually are meant to go together 🙂 Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-5Then for Father’s Day, I did a little shoot with all the kids and made a book with the images. Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-6Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-7 On me…

Jeans- Genentic Denim (on sale here! )
Top- Sanctuary (Sold out, but similar color here)

Shoes- (thrifted) but similar here and cheaper here.

On Maya…
Jeans- Gap.
Top- Gap (thrifted, loving this long sleeve one here)
Boots- Children’s Place (Thrifted, but similar here.
Jeans- Old Navy (from ThredUp, but same on sale here)
Top- Gap (from ThredUp, but similar here)

Shoes- Zulily

Super Mom Tip-

You do NOT have to break the bank and go crazy buying clothes for pictures.  Having a color scheme in mind is the best time to hit the thrift stores!  Both boys are wearing thrifted Ralph Lauren Polo shirts- $5 each 😉  You can pick up a fun colored scarf for $1.50 or a pair of fun shoes for $10 that will MAKE your outfit!  Also, check out Pinterest!  There’s a TON of ideas on there.  Here’s a board I started with a few more ideas.