Smashed Peas and Carrots

Monday, January 7, 2013

Our Family Pictures (2012)

Yes, that really does say 2012, your eyes do not deceive you ;-)  I truly had all intention of sharing these pictures with you last year (okay one month ago?...does that sound better?) but time and life got away from me.  

We had the pleasure this fall of having my good friend, Jessica, of Studio Pop Hair & Photography take our family pictures. I think they turned out so cute!  She did an amazing job especially in light of the fact the she was dealing with my four crazies and we were shooting around dinner time as we both wanted the pictures to capture that beautiful sweet light that comes at the end of the day!

Jess is one of those photographers who just 'gets it'.  She has a knack for photography and was just meant to do this in life. She is so good with her camera and composes every picture she takes so well. Can you tell I love her?

We loved this picture (above) so much we decided to use it in our Christmas cards this year!  Want to see how they turned out?

Squeeeee!  I just LOVE them!  Jess and I worked together on the concept and she designed them herself, I love that they are one-of-a-kind.  We used her printing press and I had them in a day!  I feel like I'll never go back to Shutterfly or now as spoiled as I was about that.

And here is the backside!  This was my absolute favorite part of our Christmas card! :-)  I love each individual polaroid picture of our kids, it's so charming and totally me! 

Here are few of my favorite shots from our photo shoot.  
Doesn't Noah look so mature here?  Do I seriously have a 6 year old?

And my Penelope...she loved getting her picture taken, can you tell?

Oh Eloise...this girl gave us the hardest time.  She would not crack a smile for the life of me but Jess is so good and was able to get some amazing shots of her...that is a telling sign of a great photographer I tell ya!

And my Oliver...he is such a card.  He gave us some of the best faces that day.  Always my smiley, happy baby....oh, how I love him so.


Daddy and his oldest!

My little model :-)

Umm, yeah.  I still can't believe he has brown eyes.  Where did those come from?  Oh, yeah...ME!

Jess took a few shots of me and Mr. Smashed Peas too, it's so nice to have some pictures of just the two of rare is that these days? This is one of my favorites!

And this one too!  Aww, aren't we cute ;-)

If you live in the Chicago suburbs and are looking for an amazing photographer to capture your newborn, children, family, wedding...etc. etc. give Jess a call.  I can't say enough great things about her and our session.  She is a very dear friend who does outstanding work and I would highly recommend giving her a try!  You can see more of her work on her website, here , or on her Facebook page, here.

Thanks for stopping by today!




Anonymous Madeleine Truman said...

Those family pictures were so full of sweetness, Maggie! Your kids look so cute, especially your youngest, Oliver. Time's running fast, sooner or later they'll be all grown up and getting you to take a picture with their own families!

January 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Crystalyn said...

Your family is adorable, and these pictures turned out so lovely! :)

January 7, 2013 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Kp said...

Lovely photos! You did really awesome on the coordinating but not being matchy-matchy thing. (and that last photo is so cute of you two!)

January 7, 2013 at 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Absolutely wonderful pictures, priceless!

January 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Entwined Essentials said...

Love them all, your family is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

January 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Michelle Johnnie said...

YOur family is so cute and I LOVE all your kids' names!!!!

January 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Precious! Your color scheme is great, too :)

January 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM  
Anonymous jane said...

Great photos and you did the right thing in waiting for that special light at the end of the day. You realy put me in the mood for taking some pictures of my family now

January 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger justjenn said...

Beautiful pictures!

January 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Thank you so much, Madeleine! I know, I am already so sad that Oliver is 6 months old...where did the time go? :-)

January 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Thank you, Crystalyn! You are too sweet!

January 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Aww, thanks Kp! I was going for that so it makes my day to think you think I did a good job! :-)

January 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Thanks Linda!! :-)

January 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

You are so sweet!! Thank you so much for the kind words!

January 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Michelle, thank you!! I love them too, hehe ;-)

January 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Aww, thanks Jenny! I really gravitated to the deep purple/grey combo this year!

January 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Thank you Jane! And hooray! Go out and shoot some pretty pictures of your family!!!!

January 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Thank you, Jenn!! :-)

January 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger MelindaW said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing family pictures! Natural light and a sweet family... love it! I am in awe of how you get so much done in the blog-o-sphere with four little ones. Wow!

January 7, 2013 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

great pictures!! You guys have such a cute family!! :)

January 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Jeff Rivera said...

This is an adorable, heartwarming post, Maggie. I think it is great that you actively involve your family in your posts and set such a nice scene for your friend and awesome photographer, Jessica. You were right, the lighting was perfect! The pictures came out beautiful!
Jessica certainly does seem to have a natural knack for capturing those special moments at the right time.
Additionally, I have always liked the fall. I have always liked the changing leaves, the scents, the traditions of fall and everything that makes up the season, which makes these pictures and the way that Jessica imagined and captured the lighting and autumn background especially beautiful. In my opinion, not only did Jessica create beautiful family photographs, but she was also able to insert the essence of the season which I believe you wanted to create, with using the fading daylight of “dinner time” in autumn.
Keep up the great work!

Jeff Rivera
Bestselling Author

January 8, 2013 at 6:29 PM  
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Blogger Emily said...

Ahhh! Too cute! Love your card!

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Blogger becky said...

We just had a mini valentines day session with Jessica and she was awesome! I can't wait to get the pictures.

January 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM  

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