MY KIDS & ME - 5.30.14

Hi guys, it's me, that girl katie,

I wanted to do something special to remember my birthday this year so I decided to have pictures taken of my kids and me. My husband doesn’t like having his picture taken so, I saw no point in forcing the idea on him. Plus, he thought I was nuts when I was preplanning our vineyard vines outfits.

Some of you might know that my sister recently died and I have given myself a personal quote for the year “It’s Better To Look Up”. I imagine the more I say and think it, the more I will start to feel and believe in it. I knew these pictures would help remind me to look up.

So, when thinking about the photo shoot, I thought giant balloons would be fun for the kids, goes with my personal quote while also adding a pop of color. Or at least, that is what I was hoping for but I am learning things don't always turn out as planned.

By the time the photo session took place, you would of thought my kids had taken a 4 hour nap and I had pumped them up with sugar. Not the case! They went nuts for these balloons, the outdoor space and the fresh air.

These pictures turned out great and that speaks volumes for the photographer, mandy & me.

I often feel like a lioness with her cubs. I would do anything to PROTECT my kids and I know I am so lucky to be here watching and playing with them as they grow up.

My Photographing Tips:

- Coordinate and plan your outfits. - Have back up outfits. - Have 1-2 props for the kids to play with that adds to the picture. - Let kids be kids. - Shoot during the peak hours of 4:30-6:00pm when the sun is setting. - If all else fails, bring out some candy.