If you’ve ever had your family photos taken with little ones in tow, you know what a feat it is.

We know the same.

It’s why I’m going to show you way too many of ours.

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It was hard work to get these, baby.

Because as I’m sure Lauren (our brilliant best friend/amazing photographer) would agree, we got one good snap for every 10 crazies.

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But then we’d get a great one.

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And we’d get another crazy.

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Let me tell you something:  you learn a lot about yourself on picture day.

I went into it thinking it would be all loosey-goosey fun, and really, all I did between every great shot was grit my teeth and discipline children.

Oh yeah, totally cool mama.

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There were plenty of fun moments.

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And definitely lots of sweet moments.

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I know I’ll cherish every one of them for years to come.

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And wonder silently why Matt was the only one not wearing Toms.

 

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I feel just a bit lighter when I see this one.  Unabashed laughter.  Complete joy.

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I feel a bit regretful when I see this one…did I have to do a mini-squat just because the kids jumped??

10 crazies : 1 good

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I’ve never loved my boy more.

Or my french chair.

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 And the girl actually wore a bow for a couple of hours.

 

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Having your photos taken soon with the tiny tots?

Wear one outfit, don’t go during nap time, take a bottle of water & fruit snacks for munching.

Don’t expect a miracle.  Relax.

Buy the fourth pair of Toms.

Tickle them & good things will happen.

Nix the mini-squat.

Hire/adore/thank/beg an understanding photographer–they won’t walk out on you when you grind your teeth for the 54th time.

Find a sign that says, “Love St” and you’ve got photography gold.

And don’t convince yourself you’ll all be loosey-goosey.

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