How many family photos do you have? Nice ones, with all of you in? A cursory glance at my Instagram or Facebook feed will show you that I have gazillions of photos of Ava and Thea. But look for ones of the girls and me, or the girls and Ryan and there are far fewer. And of all four of us? Literally two – both snapshots taken by my sister. In almost seven years! It actually makes me really sad. Even my parents have a better collection, and we grew up in the Eighties. Granted, we all look dreadful, but still. Happy times! Scroll down for the one of the family photos my parents have up in their house, it’s pretty cute but very much of its time!
I have a suspicion that were aren’t the only ones with a distinct lack of family photos! Am I right?
I want the girls to be able to look back at pictures of us all, not just of them, when they are older. I wish we’d had professional photos taken of the girls when they were teeny. Instead, we have a collection of grainy, dark photos taken on the iPhone 3 (for Ava) and some less grainy, but still fairly dark ones of Thea on an iPhone 4 or 5. They don’t even look good on screen, never mind in print.
Putting Myself In The Picture
We have recently had an informal mini photo shoot with family photographer Vicki from Vicki Hull Photography*. I’m hoping the lovely pictures she took will spur us on to take more, even if it’s on a tripod with a timer! Or, even better, to not be embarrassed about asking someone else to take them. I am going to attempt to get at least one family photo of the four of us every few months. Even if it’s not good enough to print, it could still make us smile and bring back happy memories, right?
Our Family Photo Shoot with Vicki Hull
So here are some of the highlights of the photos Vicki took. I think she’s really captured some lovely moments, what do you think?
The thing about this family photo shoot is that we genuinely had fun. We look at ease, because we were. The girls are pretty generally comfortable having their photo taken, but I think it is a bit cringe for most adults, including Ryan and I. I think Ava and Thea will remember this walk, as even though we had Vicki taking photos, it didn’t feel like a wedding, for example, where you’re being ‘directed’.
Beautiful Family Photos of Ava and Thea
It took Thea a bit longer to warm up, but Ava was in her element, and Vicki got some beautiful photos of her:
Thea is more of an indoors girl (like her mama) so felt happier at home. She was also recovering from a virus so wasn’t feeling 100%. She was happy to go to her room and draw for a bit, but Vicki captured some of her cheekiness too!
We made hot chocolate and I love the way Vicki has captured the joy they get from such a simple thing. They giggled for ages about Thea’s chocolate smile.
All the photos above are by Vicki Hull Photography. Please do not share or use these images as the copyright belongs to her, thanks!
This is a photo I took of Vicki taking pictures of Ava and Thea. They were really comfortable with her, and we are so happy with her natural photos.
Will you join me in taking more family pictures? Let me know in a comment!
And here is the family photo, in all its glory! I’m afraid I don’t know who took it, but it was at Olan Mills. Those were the days, right?