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Our First Family Photos

A couple weekends ago, we had our first ever family photos! I am SO thankful for our friend Brittany who took time out of her Saturday morning to help us with our photos. I’m so unbelievably picky with photos so rather than hiring a professional, I tend to train all friends and family on how to use my Nikons and various lenses. That way I know I’m getting exactly what I want. Plus I absolutely have to be the one to edit as well (I’m crazy, I know!). So it was so nice of Brittany to deal with my bossy self.

We ended up doing our photos at Mission Trails Regional Park here in San Diego. I had done a photo shoot there the weekend before and LOVED the way the photos came out. So I was super excited to go back and do our own family photos. The scenery at Mission Trails is so gorgeous and mountainous. Being from Maine, I’m missing the mountains so much living here and this is the only place I’ve found so far that has that “mountain” feel.

Our photos were a bit of a last minute decision so Brittany and I spend that Friday afternoon at Old Navy searching for the perfect outfit for Allie. She’s growing so fast that she literally had nothing to wear for photos that would have coordinated with me and Zack. So I had to get her a whole new outfit. And while I was at it, I got myself a cute new top as well!

Saturday morning we were out of the house by 9:30 so we could get our photos done first. I had a photo shoot later that night so I wanted to have time to go through out photos and edit them before heading out for work. Thankfully we were out early enough where it wasn’t super hot out quite yet. I think it was roughly 70/75 degrees or so which was perfect considering the three of us were in pants and long sleeves. I wanted so badly for them to have a holiday/fall feel to them so taking photos in shorts and t-shirts just because it’s hot out just wasn’t an option in my mind.

Overall our session was completely perfect! I couldn’t have asked for more gorgeous photos or a more patient husband, photographer and daughter. We arrived at 10am and were completely done with our photos by 10:45! I’m so excited to get these printed off and add them to our Christmas card. So without further adieu, here are our first family photos!

Did you take family photos this year?






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