Hello friends:) Last week we packed the kiddos up and drove to SLC on a little trip. Mainly it was to visit some of our family who we'll miss over Thanksgiving, and also to have some family pictures taken. We've been doing Christmas cards(with our own photos) every year since we had Ellie, but after having our pictures professionally done last Fall by our great friend Justin Hackworth, it was clear we'd never go back to shooting ourselves if we could help it. We decided to create a standing appointment for every holiday season with him, though I think it'll be hard to top this year's photo shoot.haha
Here is one of my favorite images out of a couple Justin sent us right afterwards. I just love Martin's smile:)
There are more parts to our trip and experience that I'd love share in a later post, but something that I wanted to stress for today is to please, please take pictures of your family or preferably have them taken, if you can possibly manage it! We have more pictures of our day to day lives than a lot of people as a result of this blog, but not too surprisingly the only time we get every single member into one picture (maybe even looking one direction? :)) is once a year for our holiday picture, and that's just absolutely priceless to me.
I try not to get into the archives of my picture files too often lately, as I'm having a hard time watching my babies get so big and independent, but a few months ago when I thought I'd lost thousands of pictures from the last year, it was way more devastating than I could have expected. I was so sad to hear how many of you guys had been through a similar situation.
There is definitely something to be said for living in the moment and not worrying about capturing it on camera (there's definitely been plenty of that with us too), but photographs = memories to my overly crowded brain, and with such an uncertain future, I hold onto each and every memory that I possibly can.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words? But I'd go farther (and cheesier) to say it's worth a thousand smiles, a thousand morning cuddles, a thousand jelly faces, and/or maybe a thousand kisses on his scratchy cheek:)
Sorry for the random PSA.haha Just something to think about on a cold and rainy evening.
Have you had photos taken yet this year, or do you plan on getting them done? Say yes! haha