Family

Family Photos In My Hometown

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I realized I never really shared these, and they are probably some of my favorite family photos ever! And we could all use some sunshine in January, right?

My husband is amazing: he’s the one who came up with the idea to do family photos while we were in France this summer. I love that he recognizes how much photography means to me — and it was a brilliant idea because I will cherish these for a long, long time!

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I wanted candid, natural photos, not posed studio shots, and our photographer (who happens to be a family friend) got it just right. It was SO hard to choose only fifteen (!) but I forced myself to do it because let’s be real, how often do you actually use those 150 photos from your latest session? That’s right, never. They go to die on a hard drive or CD somewhere!

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(Side note: getting gelato downtown was something Adelina was looking forward to because we’d been reading Olivia Goes to Venice, and it’s all about going on holiday and being a tourist and having new experiences… and eating plenty of gelato! So she was totally ready for this, ha! We love the Olivia books.)

Originally, my husband was looking at flytographer, which is a genius concept — and surprisingly affordable! Essentially it’s a service that allows you to book a local photographer while you’re on vacation abroad. (Seriously. Take a minute to peruse their website, it’s so dreamy. I would love to do this when we take our ten-year-anniversary trip someday!) But we were only going to be in Paris for a very brief two days and I figured it would be hectic, plus I knew an awesome photographer in Bordeaux, and having photos in those streets I roamed as a teen would just be so much more special. So there you have it — our 2017 family photos. I sure do love these people ❤

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“What matters most is what lasts longest, and our families are for eternity.”

M. Russell Ballard

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“Our family is the focus of our greatest work and joy in this life; so will it be throughout all eternity.”

Russell M. Nelson

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I love that one. I got a nursing photo or two with Adelina too, and it’s pretty special to me to have had this relationship with both of our kids now. Especially now that it’s over with Jonas too! And let’s just say, nursing in France was so awesome: I felt perfectly at ease and nobody ever batted an eye.

I’ve also loved watching a relationship develop between these two. There certainly are the moments where he’s stealing her toys and she’s pushing him around, but I’ve also seen her console him when he cries, or watched him follow her around adoringly. I hope we can continue to foster a positive relationship and true friendship as they grow up.

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And of course, we can’t end without this handsome guy: the mastermind of this whole photo shoot, and the one who makes our life so good. We met up with my aunts and handed off the kids so we could go off on a date night together after, and it was such a perfect evening. Not to mention that the food was incredible. I could go for another date night like that right about now!

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“Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la même direction.” // “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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