Its Valentine’s Day, and like clockwork, the complaints begin. “Its a commercial holiday, only about buying things.” “It excludes those not in relationships.” “Why can’t we show our love everyday, instead of when we’re told to?” I get it, but to those people I say… its not that deep. Lighten up. Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, the best thing on earth. And pretty pink things. Oh, and there’s chocolate…
In the spirit of love, beauty, and pink, I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than this family shoot. Happy Valentine’s Day!
From mom Carrie:
It all began when we were 15 years old. Shane and I are high school/college sweethearts. The kids are our celebration of how far we have come as individuals and as a team. Maxton (6) is a perfect combination of the two of us. He has a joy for life and always is the person who can make everyone around him smile. His love of sports, music, friendship and his family are what makes us most proud. Mabel (3) is our little girl who at a very early age always said she could “do it myself”. From putting on her own clothes at 15 months to riding a two wheeler at 3. She is what makes us all laugh everyday. I have moments where I wish she didn’t stand her ground so much and other times where I am so proud of her for doing just that. The two of them together are so much fun. They both care so much about each other and so far enjoy being together.
Our photographer, Frances Marron was amazing. I knew the kids would eventually be bored so we brought along a football for Maxton and Shane to throw around. We also brought our iphone which we had downloaded their favorite song… “Call Me, Maybe!” Once they hear that song.. all spirits are lifted. Frances was also great because she had planned to stop at the park, knowing this would be a great way to allow them to do something they enjoy. I made sure they knew what behavior I expected prior to the shoot and that I would decide after what the reward would be. Since they were all awesome (including Shane)… ice cream at Menchies!
I have a strange pet peeve about family photos all being in neutral colors and matchy matchy. You don’t typically see families walking around in all white shirts and khaki pants, ha! I knew that when planning the outfits that I wanted us to all be in fun colors and colors that complimented each of our styles. Most of our outfits came from H & M at Flatirons Mall, because they have clothes for everyone in the family. I found Mabel’s sweater dress first and knew she would be the one who made the statement with lots of color. Maxton’s jacket is from the Gap but the rest of us are from H & M. I loved how I found my scarf that matched the pink in Mabel’s dress.