I know, I know… we are literally 24 hours away from saying good-bye to 2015 and I’m finally getting around to posting our family photos for the holiday and winter. I honestly don’t know what happened the last two weeks, it’s like life took a turn into the twilight zone and I’m still trying to recoop from the crazy. I look forward to family photos but I regretfully have to admit that we have slacked in this department a lot and this is the first family photo since 2013 – yikes. With a crazy on going presence in social media, sometimes I forget how important it is to have at least one really good photo for the year to document the growth of not only our children, but our life.
This year’s family photos were a challenge because our schedules are all over the place. I honestly didn’t think that I would be able to gather the five members of my family (myself included) in the allotted time to get it done. Normally, I will set up my camera and tripod and use my remote to shoot our photo, but this year – the remote died and I had to use the timer on the DSLR to get it accomplished… let’s just say – it was an interesting morning. lol Running back and forth between the camera and the group – my husband and I were not only exhausted, we had several images to capture before we got some good ones. Having children in the photo is no easy task as well as some were blinking, making faces or had their eyes closed – story of my life, lol.
For this year’s photo, we decided it would be casual and relaxed, much like our life has been the last year. Since we are so busy with home and school and work, we really look forward to days where we can dress casually and just enjoy life. Since we live right off of the Golf Course in Pukalani, we decided that that would make a fabulous backdrop for our family photos. Running back and forth working with the timer on the camera was definitely a challenge but overall, I think they came out pretty nice and I’m glad that we were able to document this year with a few images.
The twins are using basic black t-shirts from Old Navy and Khaki cargo shorts with their shoes. My eldest is using a pair of jeans, a heather gray shirt from Old Navy and his shoes and my husband is using a Dickies button down shirt, Dickies khaki shorts and flip flops. For me, I decided to go with a pair of skinny jeans (YMI) and a black laced top from Forever 21. My scarf is one of my favorite Pashminas that I have had for at least 3 years now and I’m wearing a pair of black suede boots. My gosh, my hair sure does stand out, doesn’t it?
I absolutely love taking our photos each year, but I think for next year, I may enlist the help of a fellow blogger or friend/family member to help take the images so that we are not putting in so much work lol. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and from our family to yours, we wish you a prosperous and blessed New Year.
I am a lover of all things photography and most of my blogger friends don’t know that I actually photograph weddings and portraits and have been doing so for years. Having worked with a variety of clients and vendors, I always find it very important to work with a client that provides great service and standard for their customers and because I live in Hawaii, it is important that shipping is affordable and it gets to me quickly so I can deliver the product to my clients in a timely fashion.
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The frame is 1.5″ thick and I opted for a black frame instead of an image wrap or mirror wrap that are also options available. When I normally order canvas prints for my clients, I select the image wrap to continue their photo around the frame, but I thought the black for my photo would make the picture stand out more. The quality of the canvas material is nice and definitely uses high quality products (or as they say, ingredients) to create my artwork. The colors were true to color from what I seen on my computer, so I also loved that as well.
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