My Life Parenting Photography

Family Photo Time

We took a family photo yesterday, right before we left to go to my mom’s house.

Cute, right? Aw, what a sweet little family I have. And here’s what it took to get that shot…

“OK, you guys! It’s Easter, and we’re looking cute. Let’s take a family photo! My camera remote needs to be pressed every few seconds or it will stop communicating with the camera, so I’m just going to fire off a few shots as we go.”

“Are we ready?”


“Let’s try this again.”

“No. Draw a cat, daddy.”

“I’ll wait.”

“Where did daddy go?”

“Maybe she’s hungry? All she ate for breakfast was Easter candy.”

“OK, let’s give this another try.”

“Yeah, that didn’t work so well.”

“She’s got her PlayDoh now. At least she’s happy, right?”

“I guess we’re done. Hopefully we got something usable out of that.”

“Hey, where’d everybody go?”

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  • Beth
    April 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Cute… and the photo strand makes it even cuter. :)

  • meghan mccann
    April 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    How funny are these pictures!?

    Thats life for you!
    Happy to be a new follower! Love your blog!

  • maile
    April 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    this was awesome. :)
    Beautiful family too.

  • Janice
    April 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I literally laughed out loud when I got to the seventh shot, with poor El in full on cry. What a great series to have! And yes, you all look cute.

  • Kelly
    April 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This is so funny! thanks for keeping it real!

  • Tiffany
    April 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Love this!!!

  • Joy_UK
    April 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Omg these pics are the cutest!

    You’ve got an adorable family :)

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    April 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Ok – hilarious! I know you were going for the sweet family photo, but the hysterical glimpse into your daily life and attempts to get the photo is the real treasure!

  • Sadhbh
    April 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Very Cute! I had a similar experience trying to get a shot of my twins in their new Easter outfits:)

  • Traveling Mama
    April 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    So funny and something any parent can identify with! Love the shot you got though!

  • renee
    April 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    hahahh soooo cute! i love your living room, especially that rug!

  • tracy
    April 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I love how your dog gets in on the action!!

    April 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I was laughing so hard by the end of this…I can’t tell you how much this mirrors my current experiences trying to “capture the moment”! Thanks for sharing the story behind it all.

  • m.o.m
    April 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    These are sooo great! Love seeing reality (good, cute reality).

  • Kristal
    April 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Hilarious!! So glad you shared.

  • Elaine
    April 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    so funny! Funnier that I didn’t even notice the play doh in the final pic until seeing it in the storyline!

  • Audra
    April 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Oh snap these are hilarious. HA!

  • Franziska
    April 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I laughed so much. It’s so familiar! We wanted to do something similar a few weeks ago. Guess who wasn’t very happy about it? Right! The little one! :)

  • Notorious MLE
    April 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I have lived this same scenario so many times! Sometimes I think blogs intentionally or unintentionally give the idea that is easy to have perfect, adorable kids. I appreciate your willingness to let us see some of the messy. :)

  • Katrina
    April 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    loved the photo play by play – you all looked so sweet!

  • michelle d
    April 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    thank you for sharing that! too many times i wonder how many shots it took for someone to get their great family pic and it was refreshing to know that really no one has it altogether =)

  • val
    April 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    oh my gosh this is great! my favorite part is how calm you both seem as Eleanor is falling to pieces. priceless.

  • casey
    April 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    love it.

  • Laura
    April 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    You totally photoshopped your husbands head in your winning photo, didn’t you?! Looks great!

    • Making it Lovely
      April 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      The winning shot is two photos edited together! Me and Eleanor on the left, and then Brandon and August on the right.

  • Lily
    April 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    love this! you’ve inspired me to try to convince my husband to paint our new sunroom pink- and this shade is perfect. i’m sure you’ve posted it somewhere, but can you tell me what it is??

  • Lauren @ chezerbey
    April 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Love it!

    Also love your cardigan, where is it from?

    • Making it Lovely
      April 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Anthropologie, a couple of years ago.

  • bungalowbliss
    April 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Ha, that was great! Just wait until August gets mobile–even more fun! :)

    (Everyone looks lovely. Hope you had a happy holiday.)

  • Carrie
    April 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Your hair looks awesome!
    Such cute photos!

  • Victoria (Batzy)
    April 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Aw I love Eleanor’s smile…so cute!

  • aimee c.
    April 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    haha! those series of shots are priceless. :)

  • Jules
    April 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm


  • RO
    April 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Hahaha.. Love it. I cant believe its been this long.. time flies.

    Thats the theme of my day!

    Gorgeous Fam!


  • Emily
    April 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    So sweet..just wait til August is walking too, ha!

  • Cherri Porter
    April 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    That sounds about right! I actually prefer family photos where something is askew. It gives everyone something to talk about years later and it’s much more interesting. And, you know what they say about well behaved women…

  • Sneza
    April 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I love the photo (all the photos) but I feel like the artwork on the wall dominates everything else. It seems to scream “Look at my beautiful octopus hair! Look! Look at me!”

  • jodi
    April 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    hee hee! i love this play-by-play! adorable.

  • Nolita
    April 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    So cute…We had about the same ordeal with our family picture and in the picture I posted, EVERYone in the family looks happy except for Mommy. I looked peeved. Oh well…I was a little by then…

    BTW, I thought about you when I ended up in pink and brown for church yesterday. I wish I’d gotten a picture of me when I was wearing my brown shawl… next time!

  • Carey
    April 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    ahhaha I love it!

  • Pencils
    April 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Very sweet. Eleanor is adorable even in the one where she’s crying hard. And that’s a very pretty outfit on her. I saved a little white cardigan for my daughter’s Easter dress…and then it was over 70 and humid and she didn’t need it anyway! It had been freezing all month.

  • kelsey
    April 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    too funny! you did get a great shot, though. :)

  • Jana
    April 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    awesome to know I am not the only one who goes through this for a decent family photo :)

  • Dimitra
    April 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Hehe! That was so lovely and funny!
    Loved the descriptions :)

  • Marcie
    April 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Oh boy do I remember those days! And that was pre-digital so we never knew if we had even one decent picture out of the whole roll until it was developed. Now that our kids are all out of the nest we never seem to all be in one place at the same time to get a family picture. I think we’ll have to resort to Photoshop if we ever want to get us all together in one photo. At least there’s that!

  • marysza
    April 25, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    ohh nice room!! it’s so beautiful;d and a funny bunch of family photos;d it made a smile on my face! :)

  • Theresa
    April 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I think most moms can relate.

  • Carolyn
    April 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Those have to be some of my favorite photos! (and I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one with a difficult to photograph child)

  • Kara @ Just1Step
    April 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Hahahaha I love it. That absolutely cracked me up.

  • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    April 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Such an adorable family! I love the narration of all the photos it took to get the right one.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Absolutely Adorable !

  • jodi
    April 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    That is completely adorable! I love the sequence of photos…looks a lot like ours! :) Your family is definitely gorgeous.

  • liz a.
    April 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    how funny and adorable is this! i love the look on your husband’s face in #5… know exactly what he is thinking! hilarious! we had seven, so you can imagine our family pix….always someone running in or out, or crying, or picking their nose….wonderful memories! thank you for sharing!

  • Alisa (mrsbcs)
    April 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Eleanor reminds me soooo much of Olivia. It completely cracks me up. I keep wondering what it would be like to add another dynamic to the family (meaning #2, and trying for a boy) I kind of get to see!

    I think O would still run the show. Does Eleanor wrangle the dog too like Olivia does?

  • carolyn
    April 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    awesome. that is exactly why we have zero family pictures.

    {LOVE your shoes!}

  • Liv
    April 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I happened to do the same thing with my Easter photos as well!

    It takes a lot of work to look perfect.

  • Connie
    April 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    This was awfully funny and cute!

  • Sarah
    April 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I liked the “all she had for breakfast was Easter candy” comment! That was totally my kids yesterday. We left their Easter baskets out for them so they would be waiting for the kids to see when they woke up and they were already ripping into the m&ms by the time I got downstairs yesterday!

  • michelle
    April 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    real life w/ a toddler!!!! love it!

  • Heidi
    April 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    So adorable! And how like little ones – I love the set-up series of photos, thanks for sharing it.

    Hello, by the way. I have been following your blog for several years, but I’ve never commented before!

  • Giulia
    April 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    LOL…too funny. This is super cute, thanks for sharing the whole ordeal. We did our Christmas photo that way, we made it a race with the blinking light and the kids loved it, squealing and all…

  • RD
    April 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    So funny–but the sad news is that it doesn’t really get better as they get older. I’ve got a 16 yr old and an 11 yr old, and getting a family or sibling photo is excruciating. The one you salvaged turned out great, though!

  • julie @ duet letterpress
    April 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    too funny! i didn’t even notice the playdoh. cute picture :]

  • Jillian
    April 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    The whole family is so adorable! And I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who has photoshopped family photos together. A little of this, a little of that…

  • Nat@ dear little house
    April 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Cute, I love the last pic! It is clever how you have told the story of the photo, through photos!

  • Clearly Composed
    April 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    This made me giggle…out loud! :)

  • virginia
    April 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I love this post! Totally made me laugh out loud because it’s just so real. You guys make an adorable family and the end result is a great one! :)

  • Ellen
    April 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Such a cute series of pictures! It does take lots of patience to get one good picture! You have a beautiful family!

  • Heidi S
    April 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    So funny! I have been there many times! Just wait until both your kids can run away.

  • Mrs. Kinne
    April 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I am in love with this whole series of pictures– and all of the Easter ensembles! :)

  • hena tayeb
    April 25, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    So cute. I have one and I can only imagine.. just getting him to look at the camera and not try to eat my ear is a task.. smiling is a whole different story. But in the end it’s always worth it.

  • Kathy
    April 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Very cute!

  • katie
    April 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    so so good!
    happy easter to you and your little wild family.

  • jenn
    April 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I liked how you shared the images. I’ve tried with two people and 3 dogs before… there were a lot of “outtakes” and I had to use a timer since I didn’t have a remote. very cute thought… even the outtakes.

  • Khemy
    April 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    What a story..very cute..

    April 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    OK…this is hilarious! Something that you’ll treasure forever and show at her wedding!

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  • Chloe Chinn
    April 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Love the photos! You have a beautiful family and it’s nice to see family memories being made inside your home where life happens :)

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    April 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm


  • Jen @ Rambling Renovators
    April 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    So so cute. And ohmigosh, our 2 year olds are the same ;)

  • abeautifulparty
    April 25, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    this is what true family photos are made from. I love it!

  • Sarah Hettervik @
    April 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Haha this had me laughing!

    – Sarah

  • Gabi
    April 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I can so relate to this :) Thanks for putting a smile on my face today and for sharing this story with us. Your family is adorable!

  • Ban Clothing
    April 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    haha, totally ‘real’ life!

  • Christy @ Kreating Kandyland
    April 26, 2011 at 12:18 am

    And this is exactly the reason I begged for a digital camera and finally got one for Christmas. We could never get any good pics of the kids. Lately I’ve been using the multiple shot function which takes pictures quickly in succession. LOVE this function and was able to get some really cute pics of the Easter Egg hunts and Sunday morning best. I’ll have to post some on my website this week. Great photo story (that would be a great scrapbook layout too!)

  • Emmmylizzzy
    April 26, 2011 at 1:07 am

    This is fantastic! And I can so perfectly relate since my house is ruled by one of those crazy toddler things as well!

  • Bethie
    April 26, 2011 at 2:43 am

    My absolute favorite is the shot where you’re both staring at the toy horse that has randomly appeared out of nowhere (before randomly disappearing once more).

    • luuvely
      April 26, 2011 at 6:57 am

      hahahah i was thinking the same thing!

      and then the dog appeared and then somehow all came together..and it looks so cute :)

  • Amanda
    April 26, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Totally adorable :)

  • Cristina
    April 26, 2011 at 7:10 am

    bellissimi!! August is a giant!!!!!!!

  • Joy
    April 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

    he he he…“Maybe she’s hungry? All she ate for breakfast was Easter candy.” I feel that!

  • elisabeth
    April 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

    hilarious! both you and husband v. patient…and extra lol that all she had for breakfast was easter cand!

  • bekah
    April 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

    i loved this! what a great little family you have! & you look beautiful!

  • Azra
    April 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I love it. You guys are so cute.

  • Cindy
    April 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    This is seriously hilarious! So glad to see that we are not the only family who have a rough time getting that dreaded family photo done. I don’t know who is worse..the hubs or my almost two year old twin girls (one whom also has been graced with the name Eleanore). Luckily my eldest daughter is a trooper. Anyway, such a cute photo!

  • marybeth @
    April 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Adorable, and it looks like it was worth the time it took to get it right! You’re one patient mom :)

    Your shoes are super-cute, too!

  • Stephanie
    April 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I love how August just watches all the action. Older siblings are the best entertainment. On another note I clicked on the photo booth pics and I am in LOVE with your daughter’s sunglasses. Where might I find a pair?

  • Cathy
    April 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    That’s too funny! While the lead-up was entertaining, I’m glad you got a good picture.

  • jbhat
    April 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I loved this. Because it’s as true as can be.


  • Lottie
    April 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I LOVE THIS and it reminds me so, so much of my own family. My 2 year old daughter (very sweet natured most days) now refuses to have her photo taken with her 2 week old baby sister. We do have one pic … but that’s with her pointing accusingly at the newcomer!!! Anyway, just wanted to say how much I love your site and what a lovely family you have. These pics are adorable and very relatable too!

  • jen {fuzzy sushi}
    April 27, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Too funny! I always love the mini captioned sequence we make out of the outtakes even more than the actual “successful” photo.

  • marichucky
    April 27, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I absolutely love your family photo. Before I read the rest of the entry I thought how all of you could be so perfectly smiling. Woa, the making-of is absolutely the best part!
    And what I like most, a perfect photo may need some photoshop. Thanks for sharing, you have a very beautiful family.

  • Amanda
    April 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    This is so cute. After reading this I scrolled through really quickly to make a it a “movie” since it’s in sequence you can see some “movement” in there. :)

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