Sunday, January 10, 2010

Picture Day Adventures Part II

Remember when I complained wrote about all the things that were predictably going wrong right before we were set to take Christmas pictures?

So the original post described the universe conspiring against us with:

Itty Bit earning a great big goose egg on his forehead

A dilemma over leaving his hair a shaggy mess to cover it up.

Momma forgetting that Itty Bit didn’t have a coordinating outfit (oh knock it off, y’all are just as OCD as I am about Christmas pictures :)

And if y’all have been around for awhile, you’ll remember a very funny blogger named Cari (aka Carebear) who took the plunge and started a photography business.  When I said she was local, it still meant that the very devoted photog drove a whole hour to the super-duper-awesome outdoor location.

The super-duper-awesome outdoor location that was in the middle of an epic rainstorm, complete with gusting winds that conspired to remove every speck of mascara from your eyelashes.

You know my crazy hair days at the lake?  I thought I’d beaten the elements to the punch by straightening my hair that day.  Yay me!

And wouldn’t you know, by the end of the photo shoot, I had frizzy curls galore.

Oh, but you know the day wouldn’t be TRULY a Rachel-style unless something crazy random happened, right?

So we wait the rain out, and take advantage of a 11.4 second break where it’s just drizzling.  We all dash out to the grass in front of the lake, pile the kiddos on and all say CHEESE!  Here’s our family and my sister’s:

Family-4 Is this woman good or WHAT?  She got everyone smiling and within camera range – and somehow camouflaged the fact that it was STILL raining.

Remember I mentioned that we planned to include Gracie in a special way?

Our parents finally got a picture of all four of their grandchildren.  I was speechless when I saw this proof:


Even with Itty Bit’s mischief - hiding a toy behind his back and giggling; I am so grateful that she captured this.

You can barely see his gnarly bump on his forehead… at least he was in a sweet silly mood.  Gosh I love this boy.

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(See, I told you.  Those curls came back with a vengeance!)

The nearby park offered shelter for some beautiful shots:


Everything was hunky-dory until that “RANDOM” part.

We’re taking pictures in the beautiful rainstorm light – under a gazebo in the city park.

(See, beautiful light)

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When a cop walks up to us and asks if we have a permit.


It’s a public park, there’s no one else here, we’re not disturbing the peace, and since when do we need a permit?

Seriously?  The city considers taking pictures to be an “event”?

(Okay, I’ll give him that one… lots of normal things in my life turn into blogworthy events, but come on!)

We were actually told that we couldn’t use photographs taken under the gazebo.  But anything outside the gazebo was fair game.

So… this one was taken (ahem) OUTSIDE the blasted gazebo:


(And you will pry out out of my cold dead harddrive – cuz I ain’t giving this one up!)

I don’t know what it is about Cari, but she convinced this boy to look her direction and smile.  That qualifies as miraculous in my book :)

If you are looking for a fun, creative, adventurous, patient, kid-friendly (I’d add law-breaking, but that wasn’t technically her fault… :) photographer, look her up.  We got the photos back in time for Christmas and she was a sweetheart to work with.  I’ve promised her that the lake is truly worth it when it isn’t storming and she’s promised to return in the summer!  All you bloggy friends in King/Pierce/Thurston county – if Cari can survive US, she can do an amazing job with you!

And just because I still can’t figure out if his eyes are blue or green, I’ll leave y’all with this:


(We’re gonna be in trouble, aren’t we?)


HeatherOz said...

serious, SERIOUS trouble! That boy is just TOO good lookin'!
Those pictures are ALL beautiful. I got a little misty eyed at the one with all four grandchildren. So special.
Maybe that is the trick, to have someone else take photos of my kids. Or at least Daisy. I can not get her to cooperate for a photo shoot. Even if we are just playing in her room. I tried to explain to her that I need a new blog header but she just doesn't care!

renee said...

yep...big trouble! great pics! and rach, i LOVE LOVE LOVE your curls in that pic. my hair is naturally curly so i feel your pain, but gosh girl, i can't ever get mine to go that spirally without major work. love it!

Anonymous said...

He is seriously cute...and that hat is adorable on him! And as far as his eyes are concerned, I'd say they're blue-green. Or green-blue?! Whatever color, he's going to be a heartbreaker!

These are stunningly wonderful photos. I'd love to have professional family photos done someday. (Would she commute to eastern Massachusetts?!)

The cousins photo brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful way to include your niece. I'll have to remember that the next time we do our cousins photo...we were talking about trying to somehow include my niece Ava, but we weren't sure how.

GunDiva said...

What great pictures and, yes, you're in trouble with those eyes.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Wonderful pictures! Great job, Carebear! The last two pictures of him are adorable!

brian said...

Thank God that the law enforcement of King County is keeping that fair city safe from the likes of you criminals. Hey, wait a minute...who do you and Mr. D work for again?

But seriously, Mr. D, that no-stache is the look.

Great pix.

(P.S. there has been some talk down here about a trip to Seattle in 2010. You didn't hear it from me.)

Foursons said...

Oh my word Rachel, that head shot of Itty Bit is GORGEOUS! I love all the photos...the one of all four of the grandkids is so precious. But when I got to the one of Itty Bit I melted. Wowzer, what a handsome kid you've got! And his eyes- I hope they never change. The dark ring around them with the blue/green color...he's gorgeous girl. And that was some spectacular lighting under the gazebo- who knew you had to pay to use the shelter? Hahaha- AGAIN...only you guys.

Foursons said...

Oh yeah, and I love the two with you and Mr. Daddy holding him. Those are so stinkin' sweet.

lonestar said...

I LOVE the pictures, they all turned out fantastic!! The one of all the grandchildren is priceless...

Itty Bit's eyes are gorgeous :). He is getting big!

My husband has eyes that look green one day and blue the next :).

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

Oh my gosh! Those pictures are amazing! And yes I agree, you are gonna be in trouble, what a little heartbreaker!

Kmama said...

He is so beautiful!

Those are great pictures. I'm sorry you didn't have better weather!! Your hair looks great. Mine would have seriously been a frizz ball!!

And, I think his eyes are mostly blue, but they have green undertones.

Brandi said...

OMW ~ He is GORGEOUS (and I ♥ the hat)!!! All the pics are fantastic! :)

Christy said...

Love your blog Rachel! Great pics. Such a beautiful family. The happiness is so evident. :)

Emily said...

Oh yeah, he's definitely going to be a heartbreaker! All the pictures are so beautiful...what a talented photographer. Although, it couldn't have been that hard when you're working with a family that attractive!

He & Me + 3 said...

Gorgeous pictures. THe one which included Grace is amazing. LOVE IT! Itty Bits hat is so cute too. You knew I would love that.

Momma Pixie said...

He is a cutie! I think your hair looks fantastic. Most women would kill for those curls. Love every single photo!

K said...

I am speechless at the beauty of you and your family
your son looks so gorgeous and somehow so timeless -this picture of just him could have a sepia tone and circa 1809 right below it and you and Mr Daddy are soooo good looking
Please thank Mr Daddy for his lovely comments on my posts

Lisa said...

Girl, you are SO in trouble! He melted my heart a long time ago, and continues to do so with each new picture. The one with all the grandkids is truly amazing. How wonderful that Itty Bit is being his normal, toy hiding self, because that is how it would be no matter how many children were in the picture! SO lovely. Love the ones of you and him and mr. D and him seperately. Looks like you have some great photos on your hands.

P.S. Only YOU can break the law while doing a Christmas photo shoot! lol Love it!

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

WOW!!! What beautiful photos. And, that little boy of yours is a looker ;0) You really are going to be in trouble. With any luck, he will be too busy with sports and hunting that he won't even notice those girls for a while.

LOVE his eyes!!

Mrs. NB

Carebear said...

He is a stunningly handsome kid, and even more beautiful in real life. You are such a lovely family - I enjoyed my time with you rainstorm and all - can't wait to do a followup when the weather is better! Thanks so much for sharing these on your blog. It's really fun to see them here. And I was cracking up over the "crack" True Story Tuesday and Itty Bit's subsequent bedtime story - bahahaha!!

Anonymous said...


***GOSH*** he is a HANDSOME little man! I LOVE those last 2 shots especially!

And, I'll tell you, Brooklyn's eyes are the SAME way! Some days her eyes look BLUE...some days they look GREEN! So I have no idea either....

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow! She did a great job! What lovely pictures she captured. I live far, far away from you. If I was closer I would totally call her to take pictures of my Kaish. Cause you know, I don't have eleventy elventy million already : ) It is always so fun to see other peoples perspectives that is for sure!

Kameron said...

I think your photos turned out beautifully! You'd never know it was a rainy mess! Oh and you're going to be beating the girls off with a stick later!

Pam D said...

Yep, trouble it is. He knows how to smile at de ladeeez. Yikes. And those pics are really amazing, especially considering the circumstances! (ummm, what is it about a gazebo that makes it a place where you have to have a permit to take photos? Government gone at 11:00). And btw.. I love your hair and envy you your curls!!

Shana said...

yep. You are so in trouble! The pictures are gorgeous. I love them all and it was awesome the way Gracie was included. Sorry I haven't been around much but I have been reading. I am trying to catch up though.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Cari did a GREAT job!!! I really LOVE how she incorporated Grace into that picture...So sweet...

And just for the record I think you half straight half curls ROCK!!! Those pictures of Itty Bit are gorgeous!!!

ps~ I have the same issue with J, and he is 15 now!! I still can't decide what color they are supposed to be! Most days we call them gray!