Considering I spent the bulk of my teenage years completely skirting my dad's camera and my mom's incessant requests to get family photos taken, it's a little bit shocking the amount of pictures I've not only organized but willingly participated in the past few years. It must have something to do with being a parent and realizing how awesome it is to a) have someone else take (good) pictures for you and b) actually get a photo with your whole family in it at the same time! I know I've apologized before but I feel like I need to do it again: mom, I'm sorry for the things I did and pictures I avoided when I was teenager. I wholeheartedly get it now. I sincerely hope this apology voids me from having to go through a similar process with my girls when the day comes and I can't dress them up similarly and force them in front of a camera.... although I highly doubt it for some reason. I'm sure I'll get what's coming to me and more and for this reason, among others, I will get all the pictures taken now, while we can!
So a few weeks back, when there were still leaves on the trees and it was shockingly warm out (we've had such a bi-polar Fall I swear!!) we met up with Alex who has done so many wonderful photos for us in the past. Alex has a baby of her own and she's embarking on doing photoshoots while babycarrying her little on her back. We volunteered to be her guinea pigs to get some practice in and let's just say, if you can shoot a crazy toddler running in all directions the minute she's put down all while insisting on her babydoll joins her in the photos, in addition to a baby who's exceptionally wiggly, and a dog who for the most part was frothing at the mouth from running like a maniac through the woods after squirrels - on top of wearing a baby on your back, then you are just in my books, exceptional at what you do! (baptism by fire, yes!?)
We decided to meet up with Alex on our very special trail. It's where we've walked Cliff since he was a puppy (we've even vlogged about this trail and his excitement when visiting it) and after five years of having our boy, it was important to us to try to finally get him in a few (official) photos. We knew it was crazy to attempt because he's such a wild card (and that's why we've never tried to in the past!!) but it always seems a bit strange to have "family" pictures without one of the members of the family present!
It was, all around such a beautiful afternoon and I'm in love with how the photos speak for themselves; this is a busy, crazy, hectic time in our lives but it's such a joyful one too. This is our moment in history and when push comes to shove, we wouldn't change a thing for the world.
Thanks again to my dear friend. we love you and we think you are just the bees knees Alex!!
getting this one framed for sure! ^^