how we survived our first family photoshoot

Hooray! Our first EVER (if you don't count our wedding photos) family pictures have arrived! We picked them up on Monday, right before leaving Hilo. With so many great photographers out there, I didn't really want the cookie cutter pics that you usually get at Sears, but we were pressed for time and I just wanted to get them over off to Sears we went. Family picture-taking is one of those rituals I had been dreading, but with Noweo hitting her one year mark, it's one of those things that just has to be done, and even though we were heading to what is essentially a big box studio for a pre-packaged sitting, I wanted our family to be captured accurately. Gone are the days of dressing up in Sunday best and sitting all posed and perfect. I certainly prefer life as it's lived to be on my walls, and I'm happy to say that our photographer did a pretty good job getting not only our faces, but our family dynamic on film. Ironically, Noweo's personality comes out the best because she was the only one who wasn't posing.

We weren't planning on just having a shot of me and Keola, but we figured we should...since the last one was 5 years ago.

We had a hard time getting Noweo to cooperate. She was scared of the flash and scared of the photographer, and absolutely refused to smile and be held down at the same time. We sang songs, we tossed her in the air, I asked the photographer to hit herself and make funny faces. We played with stuffed rabbits. WE MADE COMPLETE IDIOTS OUT OF OURSELVES (boy do i wish I had pictures of THAT.) The ONLY thing that made her tolerate the photo shoot was Keola's cell phone.

Eventually I decided to nurse her and see if that would help calm her down. 5 minutes later, we had a completely different baby.


though she still wanted the cell phone...Some kids want teddy bears, others want plastic bars that light up.

Then I saw this bag of flowers and asked if we could use them as props for her to play with. Worked like a charm!

This one really captures her playful side...maybe because she's playing?

Sassy girl

After spending the entire morning trying to look like a happy family (as opposed to an exasperated one), I'm so happy that we got through the shoot and that these pictures really do capture US in this moment in our lives. Every image shows a different side of of her that will melt away with time, but now I have them forever.