Family Photos June 2020 – Kids

Family Photos June 2020 – Kids

I really, really value pictures. I always have! I joke all the time that I was living for the ‘gram long before there WAS a ‘gram πŸ˜‰ I had a film camera that I carried with me all the time from middle school on. I’m pretty sure 90% of our senior class video slideshow was made up of photos I took!

Pictures are so important. They capture moments in time and are such a huge link to our memories. We don’t randomly remember things…we see a photo and then are teleported back to that time and are able to relive the moments through the photos taken.

I get teased now and then for how frequently we have family photos taken. Now that our kids are older we’ll stick to the twice a year routine and I love having this frozen moment in time.

We can literally watch our kids grow up and our family evolve and change through our family photos over the years. We’ve been working with Lindsay, at Captured by Colson, since Kye was 18 months old. That’s right at a DECADE now of working together with her for all of our family pics and I always, always love them all.

For the last several years we’ve always done a summer photo session as it’s a good mid-way spot for Britt and Spear’s half birthdays (both December babies) and close to Tess’s birthday in July. Kye is old enough where he doesn’t have a lot of drastic changes so I don’t overly worry about being close to his March birthday for photos.

With all the corona life going on here lately I figured it’d be smart to go ahead and schedule our photos for earlier in the summer in hopes that things would start to open up more and we’d be able to go and do and that Lindsay’s schedule would get more full too for her!

Katie was so sweet to allow us to use her GORGEOUS property and we really lucked out on the weather. It had rained most of the day so everything was so green and pretty and it was surprisingly COOL out too. I didn’t even break a sweat!

I’m splitting our pics up into two posts and today I’m showing off all the pics of the kids.

After a decade of working together Lindsay is in a groove of what I’m after. I think it’s super important to have solo pictures of each of my kids. As well as solo pictures of them with each parent.

And I know…having these pictures every six months might be overkill but the reality is sometimes a kid is “off” or a pose isn’t quite as flattering or something. Because I know I’m going to have them every six months it takes a LOT of the stress out of it. I can relax, enjoy the session, and not feel pressure for them to be PERFECT.

Lindsay always keeps the kids smiling and having fun and she lets off this great vibe that is uplifting and complimentary and it’s impossible NOT to smile when working with her during a session!

I also love the combo of posing but not being OVERLY posed either. I was laughing during our session because I looked on Pinterest for “candid family photo ideas” before we left the house just to see if there were some ideas to maybe try out and the pics that came up in the feed were all ones from our sessions with her! Lindsay does a great job of combining those perfect smile pics with plenty of more natural personality shining through ones too!

I will link all of our outfits at the end of the post πŸ™‚ I mean choosing outfits for a family of 6 is no joke but I love how they turned out! Coordinating family outfits gives me a a lot of joy!

I will give a shout out to MY DRESS. Oh my word so comfortable, so flattering and SO affordable. I searched high and low for the dress I wore last summer for our pics but this time was a BREEZE!

Kye

I cannot believe Kye is going into MIDDLE SCHOOL.

My first baby πŸ™‚ He’s going to be taller than me SOON!

The dudes πŸ™‚ I dunno if he’ll get taller than Daddy haha!

Britt

All kids go through that awkward stage where they lose their baby teeth and their adult teeth just look SO HUGE. We joke that it takes awhile for them to grow into their teeth. Britt lost her baby teeth super early and I can tell that she’s really starting to catch up to them πŸ™‚

Entering the pre-teen stage soon…TOO FAST.

I adore my oldest girl! She’s my sunshine!

I LOVE this of Britt and Zach!

Tess

Sweet Tessie has become quite the fan of being in front of the camera. And speaking of baby teeth…I bet she’ll have lost some by the next family session we have…

My little mini-me! She’s pure joy!

She loves her daddy πŸ™‚

Spear

I mean y’all know by now all of my big kids are pretty well camera-trained. Sometimes even TOO trained and they will have a really fake plastered on smile for pictures.

Spear though is another story! Babies, infants, and toddlers are tricky with picture taking because you can’t really bribe them and you can’t really expect much out of them either.

This was the FIRST session where Spear was really able to stand on his own and show OUT for the camera.

Yall. I DIED watching him do these poses.

It was that combination of super excited that FINALLY pics will be easier and easier and at the same time so sad to be in this next stage of parenting where I’ll NEVER have a tough baby/toddler to try to capture pictures of again. Whew those mama emotions!!!

My LAST BABY:

I was really hoping Lindsay would snap a picture of the ADORABLE way Spear shows off his muscles πŸ™‚ Instead of flexing his arms out, he pulls them in super tight and it’s the cutest thing!

Aunt Katie was on hand for the treat handling – by the end of the session Spear started to understand if he smiled, he’d get a treat πŸ˜‰

Pro mom tip: use SMARTIES as treats during photo sessions! They are quick to eat and not messy πŸ™‚

Spear is SO observant. He noticed Kye was standing with his hands in his pockets so he did the same thing. Yall I DIED. SO stinking ADORABLE.

He’s like a little mannnnnnnn!

We are smitten with our littlest buddy!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the rest of the images from our session – including all the family pics πŸ™‚

As always we just love working with Lindsay – Be sure to visit the Captured by Colson website here and she’s also offering family mini sessions! She specializes in weddings and seniors so family sessions are a rare opportunity if you’re local snatch a spot while you still can whoop whoop!

You can shop all of our looks here:

My Dress
Zach’s Shirt
Kye’s Shorts
Britt’s Dress
Spear’s Shoes
Spear’s Shorts
Spear’s Shirt
My Dress
Zach’s Shirt
Kye’s Shorts
Britt’s Dress
Spear’s Shoes
Spear’s Shorts
Spear’s Shirt

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Emily Parker

Hey Y’all, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happiest place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

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