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I started a new tradition last year.

The tradition involves calling Tammie of Halcomb Photography and asking her to photograph my family before the holidays.  Knowing that this has hereby been declared a tradition by me, I have all year to think about settings and wardrobe.  All year.  Yet both years I’ve put those details off until the last minute and then run around like a crazy person trying to find just the right spot and just the right outfits.  Not the smartest thing to do or the best use of my time….sigh.

I found the perfect setting at the last minute this year.  It involved a park with beautiful trees and a duck/turtle pond. 

There was just one tinsy problem.  Other people found the perfect spot too.  

Who would have guessed?

Two bridal parties and no less than 4 quinceneras.  One hour of good light and about a million people vying for the same spots.

I wasn’t very happy.  Neither was Jeff.  Tammie wasn’t phased by it though and got some great shots.   At least I’m confident she did.  She always does.  I’ve only seen a few. 

Like this one.

I can’t wait to show you more.  First I have to deal with the fact that my hair looked super stupid (no one’s fault but my own) in some of them and the super cute shirt I was wearing made me look…..chunkier than I’d like.  I hate it when that nasty vanity rears it’s big fat head……….:)

Comments

  1. 1

    Honey Mommy says

    We just did family photos too. I had camera malfunctions and the same crowded park problem. And then I had to go and tilt my head just right to give myself a double chin (which I don't actually have!).

    Add to all that the wiggly one year old. Why are family photos so hard?

    At least all your kids are smiling!

  2. 2

    Stina says

    it's a beautiful picture and your hair looks fantabulous. i just got a new camera and i'm going to try to take some family portraits. i already have a tripod. the hard part is getting my hubs and kid to smile. we did a family photo shoot on the beach last year and had the same issue with people waiting and getting in the way. also had to deal with ants in the sand. not fun when you have 4 toddlers screaming. happy WW and take care.

  3. 3

    It Feels Like Chaos says

    Your photo is beautiful! And just how do you get 5 kids to smile and look at the camera all at the same time? We have trouble achieving that with 3 kids!

  4. 4

    Muthering Heights says

    I think the photo came out so well!!!

    You look lovely! I understand though…I'm never happy with photos of myself either! LOL!

  5. 5

    Jenny says

    You have such a lovely family and the picture is just beautiful!! I yearly family portrait is a wonderful tradition.

  6. 8

    Angela says

    We still haven't done our pictures yet. We took some in October but I wasn't super happy with them.

    You guys look great though!

  7. 14

    Michelle says

    I don't know what mirror you are looking in but you do not look chunky or have stupid hair….well, wait, let's ask it some questions first. 🙂

    You and a beautiful family.

  8. 16

    Elaine A. says

    You have such a beautiful family Angie. Photos like this just remind me how blessed we are to have our children. And of course I'm feeling extra thankful these days.

    And I'm sure you are just as gorgeous in them all! : )

  9. 17

    Angela says

    You guys look great! We always fight during family portrait time, but luckily this year, we got one taken by my brother-in-law over the summer. Last year I had to photoshop faces from two different photos!

  10. 18

    Milk and Honey Mommy says

    Oh Angie,

    You're such a mommy. Planning at the last minute is usually what we do; at least I do. I like the tradition. I've been trying to come up w/something that will leave great memories for my children. I need to hurry before they all grow up.

  11. 21

    ChefDruck says

    Well, I think you look fabulous, and once again, I'm amazed by your ability to get your entire brood to cooperate and smile. Can you come over and work on my kids now?

  12. 24

    JamericanSpice says

    Sweetie, you look lovely. Your whole family radiates 🙂

    But it is true, most people don't like their photos 🙂 But do listen to what everyone else sees.

    Lovely photo.

  13. 26

    T Rex Mom says

    I think it's a great photo. It's tough for us to get a decent photo with one child – I cannot imagine trying to get five to look great in the shot.

  14. 29

    Ms. Latina says

    You look fabulous in the picture and your hair is great! Your family didn't looked harried at all, you all actually have a glow =) I love it!

  15. 31

    Life with Kaishon says

    What a great tradition to have started : ) The pictures look very sweet! We saw a lot of Quincenera's in Texas last weekend! There aren't any around here! I am glad you got some shots in!

  16. 33

    Erin says

    What a great pic!! You are look great, and your hair certainly does NOT look super stupid, I think it looks great!

    I only hope I can get a pic of both boys smiling and actually looking at the camera…together!

  17. 34

    Casey's trio says

    Ummm you didn't have super stupid hair and are certainly not the least bit chunky. You all looked absolutely gorgeous! You have bothe passed on great genes to those kiddos:)

  18. 37

    Melissa says

    I love the picture.
    How did you get it?
    Gosh I've only got 3 kids and can't get a decent pic of them at all.
    You have a beautiful family.

  19. 40

    YoungMommy says

    Beautiful picture!!

    We had our pictures taken this last weekend, too… Noah was being a grumpy-butt, it was freezing cold, and we ran out of daylight! Hopefully at least ONE turned out!

  20. 41

    Buckeroomama says

    I think your family pic turned out great! 🙂

    What you just described sounds like my wedding day shoot at the park. Everyone getting married that day seemed to have the same great idea for a location.

  21. 42

    Jennifer says

    LOL! Well, I certainly know a thing or two about that stupid vanity! This picture is lovely. And honestly, I still cannot believe you have five kids. How do you do it and not look haggard, woman?!?! 😉

  22. 43

    Terra H. says

    What a beautiful photo. I'm sure you look good in them. We are our own worst critic. I took some family photos a couple of weeks ago at a nearby park and trail of my kids. Can't wait to send them out with the holiday cards.

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    ErinJeany says

    What a great photo! We desperately need to do one with hub, Elijah and I! We have tons of pictures of Elijah and extended family, but some how hub and I seem to miss being in pictures ourselves. Let alone TOGETHER. Or as a family.

    Happy ww! 🙂

  24. 45

    Run DMT says

    I bet they turned out gorgeous, if this photo is any indicator. I can't wait to see the rest. We are having our family portraits taken next year. I am so nervous! Thankfully, our photographer is a star so I know they will come out great.

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    Lund7 says

    Are you kidding…your hair looks great and so does your entire family!! Can't wait to see more photos from this photo shoot!

  26. 54

    Jenni Jiggety says

    I REALLY want to have pictures like that taken of my family but I don't know where to find a good photographer!

    I can't wait to see the rest! You have such a gorgeous family!

  27. 55

    Scary Mommy says

    Your family makes me sick.

    In a you're all so gorgeous kind of way. Seriously, you need to move into a model home and just be the display family!

  28. 57

    Serendipity is Sweet says

    It's gorgeous! Look at all those adorable faces!
    I always hate myself in photos too. You all look wonderful in that one 😀

  29. 58

    Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) says

    You look awesome – and your family is beautiful! 🙂 I still need to organize a family photo-op here, too…I suppose I better stop procrastinating! 😉

  30. 61

    Jen says

    Your family is so amazingly beautiful. I know those vanities come out b/c I do the same thing when I see a picture of myself. But I think that you and everyone else looks great!

  31. 62

    Shell says

    I'm so impressed that you have such a great shot of the whole family! We have NOT managed that with our 3 boys. We had to take the pic where everyone looks the least amount of crazy.

  32. 63

    Lolli says

    You guys look like perfection. You are all so beautiful! I had to laugh, though, about the location. I can relate (as a photographer!)

  33. 65

    HaB says

    I am thinking of having a family photo done and using them as part of a Christmas gift to my parents this year.

    What a great photo…

  34. 66

    The OmniCouple says

    What an absolutely beautiful family photo!

    As for having stupid hair or a shirt that makes you look chunky, you are crazy woman! You look beautiful!!!!

  35. 69

    Simply Mommy says

    Fabulous!!! Everyone is smiling and actually looking at the camera. That's 4 stars in my opinion. I have 3 boys and I've tried. I mean I really do try but I can hardly ever get them all to look at the camera at the same time, let alone be smiling. Granted they are 1,3, and 5. Your family is beautiful!!!

  36. 70

    Michelle says

    I think the shot looks great. I only have a family of 5 and getting a good shot of all of us is nearly impossible. I can't imagine adding two more kids into the shot.

  37. 72

    S Club Mama says

    oh we did family pictures too. More Husker-themed than pretty-themed and we just took some in our backyard. So much easier than trampsing all over looking for a good spot (we also can't go near water or we have to put Moose is a sleeper hold LOL).

  38. 76

    Mel Fraase says

    You look fantastic. So there! Its always easy to be critical of yourself, especially in pictures. Just take our word for it, you look fabulous, and so does the family!

  39. 78

    Stefany says

    I have never had a family photo taken. I am too self conscious of myself to have it. blah

    You look fantastic and so does the family pic. I can't wait to see more!

  40. 80

    Shannon says

    Love that photo! Who knew that there are coveted photo locations? Glad it worked out though:) BTW, your hair does NOT look stupid and your shirt is adorable (what I could see of it anyway).

  41. 81

    brunger bunch says

    They turned out really cute! I am learning to just be satisfied if all of the children, Mike included are looking in the same direction without crying…man has my expectations declined over the years :S

  42. 84

    Lindsay says

    SUPER adorable family pic! I she really IS amazing if she can get your whole clan to LOOK at the camera…none-the-less SMILE! So great. Can she come here?? 🙂

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    Sherean says

    OK, your hair looks BEAUTIFUL and you don't look anywhere near chunky. Besides, everyone will be looking at your cute kids. (Or at least that's what I tell myself when I see pics of me — scraggly hair pulled back, no makeup on — with my son; they don't even notice me, right?)

  44. 88

    Night Owl Mama says

    I think your your worse critic and you look Wonderful you have a beautiful family!! We do family photos every yr for the holiday finally starting the last 3 yrs. I love them and so does everyone else.

  45. 90

    Kristin says

    Your hair looks perfect. I'm not sure about the chubby blouse though, hiding behind kids like that. You could just skip the whole thing like we do. We only have family pictures when Mom organizes it. So the last one was in 2004. I know. We have no family picture since then. And that was 2 kids ago! LOL.

  46. 91

    Theta Mom says

    Seriously girl, I still marvel at the fact that you have 5 kids. You have such a beautiful family!!! (and your hair DOES look good) 😉

  47. 92

    Amber Page Writes says

    I'm sure you looked gorgeous! Great family photo by the way. We're going to get our first portrait as a family on Saturday, but only at Sears.

  48. 94

    Mark and Kiss says

    Just looking at that picture makes me proud to have a friend with a family like yours….can't imagine how it makes you feel…you are amazing (for many reasons) Angie.

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    Lula! says

    I really think y'all are the most beautiful family on the face of the earth.

    And I'd go all Charles Manson on someone to have your hair.

    Speaking of hair…
    I need to tell you about mine. We must chat soon. OK? OK.
    xoxo

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    Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom says

    What a great shot! I've decided from now on when we do family photos I'm going to make hubs take a test shot of me in my shirt so I can see how it looks – I hate it when I realize too late that my clothes are adding extra pounds. In my newborn "still packing baby weight" state I especially don't need any help! 😉

  51. 98

    Live.Love.Eat says

    No one can tell all that you went through for that shot. It looks beautiful. Now, what's a quincenaras? Or something like that? 🙂

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    Michelle says

    You are hidden well enough that even if you were looking a little heavier (which I do not see that) it wouldnt matter anyway. I think your hair is cute.

    I OBSESS about C-mas pictures. I picked out the perfect dresses only to keep looking for more. When I decided to go ahead and get the original dresses they were sold out in small sizes. So I found some different ones that my DH liked. I put it off while I looked some more. You guessed it…small size that I needed GONE. I went ahead and ordered them in hopes that it wont be too small…we'll see. Velvet cmas dresses usually run big.

  53. 102

    Justine says

    Are you kidding me? Your hair looks perfect! You look beautiful in fact! I cannot wait to see the rest of them. But… if all the shots are just you and the fam in front of some shrubs, you probably could have found the perfect spot in your yard. Heeheehee

    Justine 😮 )

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    Sue says

    That sounds like a great tradition. If the rest of the pictures came out like this one then I'm sure they're great! This came out perfect!

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    My name is Tammie says

    Angie, your family makes my job so incredibly easy. I am so glad you're happy with your pictures. I love seeing you guys for your yearly pictures! Can't wait to see you next year!!!

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