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Finally Family Photos

2015 June 16
by Becky

Family photos.

Seriously, for someone who has a camera practically glued to my eyeball 24/7, I get waaaaay too anxious about getting professional photos.


I’ve found the longer I have to think about them, the worse I am. So when my friend and neighbor JJ Lane of Be Lovely Photography announced a mini session day, I jumped on it. Finn was already SIX months and we’d yet to get an real family photo, one that was actually in focus and not taken by me with a faulty remote and tripod.


JJ planned the sessions at Lafayette Square Park, one of the most beautiful parks in St. Louis City, so I was actually really excited…until it was time to pick clothes. Ugh the dreaded dressing of the family. My method: make Mom happy then dress everyone else. Kids look cute in everything and husbands are easy.

No matter how worked up I get myself, I never regret booking a photographer. I cherish every picture, hoping our kids will someday too.



We woke that morning to find the radar filled with rain (big surprise…it rains every day). We could have postponed but that would have meant more time to thing about it so we just crossed our fingers and hoped for a break. Our wish was sort of granted. If you don’t count mist.


I love that JJ captured our real personalities, we never felt fake or forced while she was shooting. Finn was a gigantic ham, enormous smiles for every click. If allowed, Ethan would have turned the day into his own personal modeling session…he loves the camera on HIS terms. And we bribed him. A lot. 


FinnKiss KidsDuo

These two. Seriously. They have the same little squinty eyes when they smile.

Once dressed and on site, we had so much fun with JJ. She is amazing with kids—just had her third—and so calmly encouraging. She made my worries disappear, made us all feel like ourselves. She got the perfect mix of posed family shots and looks at every day life.



I wasn’t ready for these. I didn’t feel like myself yet, baby weight still clinging in too many areas. But waiting isn’t an option when these kids are growing so fast. I love how they turned out and am so glad we made it work. A mini session, around thirty minutes, is key for dealing with antsy kids. And that park…OMG. In full bloom with baby ducks and geese waddling around everywhere, it was as close to a magical fairy-land as real life gets.

So it’s done! Another year of family photos in the can. Contact JJ if you want some too.


6 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    June 17, 2015

    Wow, I love them all!!! And such beautiful scenery.

    The boy’s look so cute together and the one of you holding Finn in the air is adorable!!

  2. June 17, 2015

    Worth all the anxiety! They are fabulous.

  3. June 17, 2015

    These are perfect — and you look perfect and so happy (all of you!) JJ did our wedding photos! #314evah

  4. Jen Borsch permalink
    June 24, 2015

    Becky, these are great! You have the best looking family!

  5. Michelle permalink
    July 20, 2015

    You stop it – you, and the kids, and stu, look PERFECT!!! Those kids are never going to look back and say “gee, mom looks squidgier than she should have” – they are going to say “wow, mom looks like she loves us sooooooooo much” and they’ll be right.
    Beautiful photos!! BEAUTIFUL family!

    • Becky permalink*
      July 26, 2015

      Awe shucks…blush. :)

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