Family Photo Shoot

Family Photos.

With these two little words do you rush for a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of liquor?

I have to admit that typically I find them a little stressful.

Sure…easy to get the three kids coordinated and looking good…but throw me and my husband in the mix and it can be a nightmare.

Our last family photos were 2 1/2 years ago. 

I needed a drink. Two out of the three were crying. One child was sucking on her shirt…which she was really too old to do. 

So.  We took a little break from family photos. I thought I would be good for the rest of my life just taking photos of myself with my children (to prove I existed in their childhood).

I thought I would be fine with that until I saw the beautiful photography of Cathy Walters.

She lives about 30 minutes from us and I started THINKING…only thinking about trying this whole family photo stuff again.

A few months ago I finally decided to give it a try.  We booked a date and this Monday she met us in our town.

No tears.

No stress.

We laughed. A lot.

She even let me change my clothes a few times (so did Maddy).

She took over 1,000 photos of our little family and she is currently in the process of getting a portfolio together for us to chose from.

But she was so kind to give us just a peek from our Monday shoot.  

Hugging

Familyphoto

Ben

Jack

Madolyn

Me

Us

I can't tell you how excited I am to see the rest!!!

I have already told you numerous times that I am not patient!!! 

Cathy was so fun to work with and I even had the privilege of having a little time with her after the shoot.  After Kelly took the kids home…Cathy and I ate at Dream Pastries…an amazing French restaurant in town, had our lattes and even looked at antiques.

If you are ANYWHERE near Denver you really need to give her a call!  I will let you girls see more when I do!!

Isn't she amazing???

You can also check out her blog here.

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  1. jamie

    Wow,the photos are just Gorgeous. You all look Fantastic. I Love the one of you and your hubby hugging, priceless. The kids, adorable too. She is a very Talented Photographer. Fun, Jamie

  2. Destiny (The Ruffled Nest)

    Oh my goodness! These photos are amazing! I love how she captures the “realness” and that they’re not fake little poses LOL! Where was the shoot? I’d LOVE to do another family photo, but like you, I’m terrified. Bailey would probably do well outdoors. We haven’t had photos done since she was 9 months old!!!

  3. Rachel

    Great photos! What a beautiful family!
    Are those THE BOOTS?
    p.s. I finally blogged about winning your giveaway. Check it out! ?

  4. Pony Girl

    I’m loving her work….great locations, fun angles and shots! Your family wore some great clothes (love your boots! πŸ™‚ Are you going to use one of them on a holiday card?

  5. Julie M.

    Just lovely! Family photography has really come a long way since the days of the faux library wall and mottled drop-cloth backdrops!
    : )
    Julie M.

  6. Lori

    Jeanne, those are some of the most beautiful family photos i have ever seen…i like how relaxed and natural they are…one thing i have never liked about family photos is how everyone usually looks so stiff and “posed”…these pictures are not like that one little bit…i think it will be very hard for you to choose which to buy…the pic of your little guy is the sweetest thing!!!

  7. All I can say is WOW! These are simply amazing photos! You have a gorgeous family Jeanne ~ you must be soooo pleased with these. Thank you for sharing your sneak peek with us.

  8. paige

    oh jeanne…these are amazing!
    how are you going to choose which one will be your 4 footer by 6 footer?
    that last one of you two is so fun!!!!
    such a gorgeous family
    xo

  9. heather

    These turned out fabulous! What a great idea to stencil the word “happiness” on a backdrop for photo shoots. That, and those are some pretty fabulous boots you are wearing also. πŸ™‚ p.s. thank-you for that super nice comment you left me.

  10. cathy

    Jeanne, my heart is swelling to 3 times it’s normal size. πŸ™‚ You are just the sweetest! Thank you to you and your superduper sweet blog readers for all the kind words! Totally made my day…Cath

  11. Brandie

    These are grogeous Jeanne! You have an absoutely beautiful family. I was trying hard not to look at your fab new boots though. Wouldn’t want that green eyed monster to rear it’s ugly little head;)

  12. Maisy

    Jeanne~ wow. That’s all I can come up with. All the kids are beautiful….honestly the whole family is gorgeous! It actually looks like it was a fun shoot!
    Ps. Loooove your boots! I think I mentioned my dilema.
    Xoxo

  13. traci

    Amazing Jeanne!!! she does beautiful work, but she had very beautiful subjects to shoot. your family is darling. and yes, those boots are to die for!!!

  14. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    Well, we are all loving the boots. And is that the J Crew ruffle pinstriped shirt I spy under your jacket? I love every last detail of every single shot. The whole lot of you is gorgeous.

  15. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    You are all gorgeous!! Seriously model material there. Loved them all. Wish I was closer I’d sign up in a heartbeat to have her do ours. We haven’t had pics taken professionally in a long time. We are due!
    BTW we are staying here. Too much trouble to move…even though Boston was a temptation. 6 more days:)

  16. Jackie

    Gorgeous! It helps to have a great looking family! I love how natural and fun these look – she did a fantastic job and I can’t wait to see more! LOVE the boots and both your outfits!

  17. Tara

    Jeanne, these are AMAZING!! she did a wonderful job, however her subjects made it VERY easy I see! you and your hubby are adorable together..and the kids well, they are SUPER Cute….thanks for sharing…we have family photos from when my baby was 6 months old…hmm, best change that.
    P.S. I always tell the pool man to shave his head (he is going bald, shh don’t tell)…I think it looks so well, errr, HOT! not that I was checking out your hubby or anything! hehe!

  18. kasey

    just got home.
    LOVE.
    LOVE.
    LOVE.
    I especially love the one of you and Kelly..
    so gorgeous and Cathy did a fabulous job…
    xo

  19. Kristin

    Amazing!! Your family is adorable and I love the industrial chic of the photos!! BTW the BOOTS look stunning; haven’t worn mine yet but you can bet they will show up in our family shoot soon!!

  20. anne marie

    first you look great………
    second……..her photography is got great contrast and reality sewn together…….
    did you request her to do it that way? or did you just let her be? and do ‘her thing’
    curious minds you know…….

  21. jules white

    stunning. you just convinced me to do the same. you are all so photogenic! you also convinced me that i “need” those boots! love you style!

  22. Shawn Seay

    Gorgeous!! I sure wish we were in your area. I’d love to find someone so fabulous to capture images of our family like she has done for you. Beautiful, as usual;-)
    Have a blessed day!

  23. Leah C

    Simply Stunning!! The photos of you & your family are so wonderful…how will you ever choose? Cathy is obviously a phenomenal photographer:) Looks like she had some good subjects to work with, too;)

  24. mkg

    Cathy captured the love and joy of you and your precious family perfectly!! I love these photos; I love even more the subjects:)

  25. The Flying Bee

    Jeanne…could y’all be any more gorgeous??? I mean, really…these pics are fabulous! Cute kids, a hottie husband, you’re beautiful, stylish and talented…girl, you’ve got it all!

  26. Lemonade Makin' Mama

    Uh yes, I was just filling my flask because we’re doing family photos (with all the extended family) this Saturday.
    I will be drinking. The question is, before… or after…
    Or perhaps during.
    lol

  27. tracey

    Nothing short of spectacular! The joy and love of your family really comes thru in the photos! You are blessed Jeanne, your family is beautiful! LOVE those boots girlie πŸ™‚
    πŸ™‚ T

  28. LuLu

    stunning! Your family is absolutely beautiful. In all the pictures you see the love in all your faces. precious!! we haven’t had a family picture in ages the last one was when we had 2 children… wow i now realize we are so behind.
    thanks for sharing this beautiful day,
    xo,
    LuLu

  29. Amy

    The photos are amazing! I love the non-traditional shots. You have a beautiful family & you & your husband are so sweet! Mine won’t get near a camera! And I love your boots! You have such a great sense of style!

  30. Kelly H

    Hi! This is my first time visiting…. Beautiful family photos!!! and I love your boots!! Not sure if I’m listening to regina spektor or not but I love that too!!!

  31. Stacey

    Holy Heck – FANTASTIC photo shoot! You all look wonderful – really fun photos – love her style!
    PS the boots are way cool!!!

  32. Laurel@Simply Bay's Place

    O.k. really could your family be any more beautiful! She did a wonderful job and I think I’m gonna check in on her and have her do some pics of my little family (dogs included). I can’t wait to see the rest of the proofs.
    Absolutely gorgeous!

  33. June

    These family photos are beautiful!!! But then it’s easy to great beautiful pictures when you’re photographing beautiful people! I bet it was fun.
    Hugs,
    June

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