Our pictures are up! Our pictures are up! I. AM. EXCITED.
Back sometime in July, an innocent remark on Twitter by Melanie from m photography about my photo blog resulted in a deal being struck. I would do some design work on her photo blog, freeing it from the shackles and limitations of Blogger designed blog templates, and she would offer to me a free family photo session.
Although I spent many hours on her blog -several of which due to RE-DOING what I'd already done after someone (*cough* Melanie *cough*) accidentally reset to an old template- I still think I got the better end of the deal.
Melanie suggested driving out to Wakefield -a small town about thirty minutes north of Gatineau, full of quaint, colorful little shops- for our photo shoot. Having been meaning to go there all summer, we loaded the kids into the van on a fine Sunday afternoon and made the short trip. Making two wrong turns and doubling back on ourselves only once, we arrived a mere fifteen minutes late. The stars were definitely alligned.
(On the way there, we fed the kids sugar cubes and Red Bull to ensure maximum alertness and energy levels.)
I'm thrilled with the pictures that Melanie took. Having promised my mom we'd have family pictures taken for her LAST CHRISTMAS, I might actually be able to fulfill that promise... just in time for THIS CHRISTMAS. Hopefully she'll be enjoy these shots much more than the Walmart variety she had in mind.
Although you wouldn't know it from these first two shots, Simon actually did enjoy himself that day. Strangely, all of the pictures either have him look all outcast and downtrodden or else he's making some crazy face or striking a ninja pose (really, the out-takes are HILARIOUS).
Magical back lighting. The owners of the house from the first picture gave us permission to go around back and shoot in their garden. Not only does Wakefield boast one of North America's longest covered bridges and highest bungee jumps, but the people are amazingly friendly.
This is the first time y'all have seen my short hair. What do you think??
This was taken on the front steps of a cool old church right on the main street. I only wish that Liam would've left Andrew alone, but he was insistent on holding/lifting/carrying him in almost every shot. We were constantly saying, "Liam! Leave. Andrew. Alone!". To little avail.
Even though a bit over enthusiastic at times, can you guess which of our children was most into the photo session? Which one kept jumping into shots? Which one did so with far too much cuteness and we were thus unable to scold? Which one is in proportionately more shots than either of his younger brothers? Can you guess??
He's pretty cute though, eh? No, I won't tell you which of them I'm talking about.
(Okay, I'm talking about both.)
And how's this for a new blogger/Facebook/Twitter avatar? Once I photoshop out that zit that just had to make an appearance under the left side of my nose (my right). That mark on the right (my left), that's a dimple. Dimples are cute. Pimples, however, are NOT so cute. Not for thirty year old mothers of four. Not for anyone, really.
And how about this last shot? DO I EVER LOOK LIKE MY MOM. Except that my mom has/had (*snicker* sorry, mom) red hair, not brown, but still... holy smokes! I've never, EVER thought I looked like my mom before. Crazy. CRAZY.
I definitely got the best end of the deal, eh?
There are many more pictures worth showing off, but I won't bug Melanie to post any more to Flickr for me. You'll all have to wait until I get a CD of all of the images. Then I'll show you all the out-takes of Liam and Simon acting
crazy like little boys.
If you'd like to see some more of this talented lady's work (including an amazing wedding I assisted her on a few weeks ago, but have yet to blog about myself), here's her blog and her website is www.m-contemporaryphotography.com