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Another item has been crossed off of my 30 Before Thirty list! #26: Have an adorable family photo taken.

Balch Family Photo Shoot

Balch Family Photo Shoot

Emily, one of my facebook friends, sent me a message shortly after I posted my list. Her husband James Julius is a photographer, and he was working on building his portfolio. Would we be interested in being photographed by him? He may have been working on his portfolio but I was impressed.

Balch Family Photo Shoot

Balch Family Photo Shoot

Balch Family Photo Shoot

You know the super adorable engagement photos that people have taken? The kind that always make me a little sad/jealous for not having photos like that taken before Brandon and I got married? Yeah, James Julius takes those. Now I have my own, but they’re even better because Eleanor is in them and we’ve got six years of marriage behind us. In fact, these photos were taken on our anniversary.

Balch Family Photo Shoot

Balch Family Photo Shoot

James photographed us in Austin Gardens, here in Oak Park. Isn’t it a gorgeous setting? He and Emily chose the location, and they chose very well.

Balch Family Photo Shoot

Thank you, Emily, for arranging our photo shoot. And thank you, James Julius for giving us such fantastic photos of our family. We’re thrilled with them!

Balch Family Photo Shoot

Balch Family Photo Shoot

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    July 9, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Now I’M jealous! We may have to do something like this…

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    July 9, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Gorgeous photos! Wow you look beautiful!

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    July 9, 2010 at 4:51 am

    oOoooh these are so cute! reminds me of when my girls where little.

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    July 9, 2010 at 8:17 am

    These are so precious! Our daughter is almost a year and I can’t wait to get some family photos done! I love how Eleanor’s personality is so evident! You are blessed!

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    July 9, 2010 at 8:19 am

    This post brought a big smile to my face. You’re such a lovely family. The pic of you two giving Eleanor a big smooch on either cheek is just darling!

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    July 9, 2010 at 8:22 am

    i love relaxed fun REAL photo’s like these for family photos….not those stilted stiff store photo’s like I have, LOL

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    July 9, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Beautiful photos, eliciting a sound something like “Mmnnaaaaaaw” from this viewer.

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    July 9, 2010 at 8:40 am

    the one of the two of y’all kissing Eleanor? that has to be my absolute favorite!

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    July 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

    1, 7, and 8 are my favorite! i love these! way to go on your list! :)

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    Nicole RJ
    July 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Beautiful shots! Elanor’s expression in the one you’re both kissing her is priceless!

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    July 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Great pictures! Love the one where you’re sitting in the grass with the big trees in the background.

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    July 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

    These pictures are so stinking cute! I’ve loved watching your little grow up on here, it’s a lot of fun and she’s pretty darn cute! I just got engaged and I’d love for us to have such an adorable family one day!

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    July 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Wow. Beautiful photos Nicole! You just tickle me pink! (and are such an inspiration:))

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    July 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Great pictures!!! love the one where you’re both kissing Eleanor! :)

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    July 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    They’re all terrific, but that shot of you both kissing Eleanor is exceptionally adorable.

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    July 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    These are amazing! I particularly love Eleanor’s faces in them! And he captured you all perfectly.

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    July 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm


    Nicole you have such a gorgeous family. The pictures are AMAZING!

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    July 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I think I’m too envious to say anything…

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    July 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Outstanding. I need to do the same thing here pretty soon. Thanks for sharing that beautiful work with us, and my goodness, you all look amazing. Such style!


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    July 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I <3 Oak Park :)


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    July 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    These photos are so amazing! I love the one of you two kissing your little one! Her expression is ALL JOY and so adorable.
    PS Is this why you named James in MiY, or is that just a coincidence?

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    Clearly Composed
    July 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous family. :)

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    July 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    ACK!! These are SOOO BEAUTIFUL!! These are the pictures I dream about having of my own family. But….how will you pick which one to blow up and frame?????? (darn that great photographer and beautiful family for the tough decisions)

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    July 10, 2010 at 3:41 am

    absolutely beautiful… photos look amazing,I can feel how happy you are through them. my faves are where you’re holding Eleanor,bathing in sunlight,and where you’re together,sitting on the grass.

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    July 10, 2010 at 5:53 am

    These are just as sweet as those lovely engagement photos!

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    John @ Young House Love
    July 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Love ’em! And Happy (Belated) Anniversary to you guys too!

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    July 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

    oh! Eleanor’s little teeth are KILLING me, they’re so cute! Love it. :)

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    July 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    They are fabulous!!!

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    July 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    What an amazing job he did!

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    July 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

    So-so cute, it’s fun and interesting to have the vision of an artist represent what your family is,no? Love and sunshine, that’s what I see! My favourite is the one you both kiss Eleanor, the face she makes cracks me up!

    Amazing shots!

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    July 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    These are amazing pictures…Happy Anniversary too!

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    July 11, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    And will there be 4 next year? :)

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    July 12, 2010 at 6:21 am

    these are precious. i’m inspired to take some pictures along the Cumberland Trail down the road from our home. So, so precious!

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    July 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Too adorable! I thought I recognized Austin Gardens when I started looking through these pics – I grew up a block away. They turned out amazing! I actually grew up with Brandon (Jess and I have been friends since Kindergarden) so it’s sweet to see him have his own little family now. :)

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    July 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Lovely family, the photos are very beautiful.And the place looks peaceful very pretty.

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    July 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    so beautiful and joyful thanks for sharing

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    July 14, 2010 at 4:40 am

    What a beautiful family and you all look so happy!

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    July 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I have the exact same dress! I paired mine up with some super cute shoes from Old Navy for my engagement photos ( I love the dress, mainly because it has pockets that I can put my chapstick in! XD

    Anyhoo your photos are adorable! I like how you added the belt to your dress. I might try that in the future!

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    July 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    How adorable is your little girl! Looks like such a sweetie!

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    July 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    So cute! And I live just a block from Austin Gardens. I love to walk through there in the evenings.

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    July 19, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Beautiful photos!

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    July 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    What beautiful family photos!! The lighting is so beautifully golden. Happy (belated) anniversary to you!

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    January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    i was just poking through here from your lovely life list post (via the six-year anniversary post), and i realized that i wore that same dress you have on above for my wedding (with a big yellow belt)!

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