Early morning photo shoot

Thursday, August 14, 2008
Every year my family dreads it but every year I make them do it.  I usually bribe them into two photo shoots. Dave is my most excellent assistant.  He carries shoes and children and lenses. He makes silly faces and potty humor behind my back to try to get them to laugh. I like to shoot at dusk but due to rain and dinners out...we decided to try an early morning shoot.  I am not thrilled with them but I know I am super picky about my photos (and everything else these days).  I am still going to make them do this again tomorrow at sunset:)

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Harry looks so tired to me.

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He takes my breath away sometimes.  Such a cutie!

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The sun came up way too quickly and the sun was WAY too bright.  I do better at sunset.
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Can't catch me
Running from the waves...
Ha ha

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I bought this dress last Spring and Kate never wore it until this morning.  I saved it all summer long for these photos (silly me).  I LOVE it and I need to have her wear it some more before summer is over.
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Morning beauty
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Love her dainty little hand in this one:)
A little piece of heaven

This Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my wonderful family.  Everyone is going through their own little issues right now (growing pains that I'll blog about later) but we are working together as a family.  I am thankful for my patient and helpful husband and my three salty peanuts!  I am also thankful for all of your kind wishes and prayers.

Kate's dress is made by Baby Velani and I purchased it at Animal Crackers Boutique in Richmond, Virginia (someone asked).

64 comments:

  1. Beautiful Pictures! The picture of Kate running from the waves is precious!

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  2. These are beautiful - especially love the candid ones. We can barely get our 2 girls to cooperate for photo shoots - how do you do it with 3 kids? Kate looks very pretty in that cute dress. Enjoy your vacation! Wendy

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  4. I think these pictures are beautiful! You have such cute kids!

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  5. I think your pictures turned out great :) Can't wait to see the ones at sunset! Your peanuts look so sweet!

    LOVE Kate's dress!

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  6. Beautiful photos! The kids are all darling, and Kate's dress is just precious.

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  7. 3 words Kim.....

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!!! :)

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  8. So Beautiful! I love the one of the three peanuts looking out into the sea (I think Kate is in the middle)!

    I will be praying for a safe and peaceful move to come...

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  9. These pictures are just beautiful! I love Kate's dress too. That dress alone is reason enough to try to get to the beach a few more times before she outgrows it! It looks like you are having a wonderful vacation.

    Sheryl

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  10. Wow! Gorgeous photos! Love them all!!

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  11. what beautiful pictures! They are all so good! Cant wait to see the sunset ones!!

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  12. You have a beautiful family. Thh photos are lovely.

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  13. good job mama!:) I am so glad I am not the only crazy mommy at the beach that does this!;) I too, go all out!

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  14. I love these pictures! You are an amazing photographer...but then again, your 'subjects' are pretty spectacular. We're off to the beach soon and I hope I can get photos half as good as these! My favorite is the picture from the back as the three children are walking toward the waves. The color is amazing. Thanks for sharing and try to enjoy the rest of your vacation, I'm sure your impending move is continually in the back of your minds, try to put it aside and just enjoy being with your lovely family:)

    Reneé in WA.
    Mom to 3 wonderful children, wife to 1 wonderful husband
    www.daughtersfromafar.blogspot.com

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  15. WHAT BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF YOUR KIDS!!!! Love them all.:)

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  16. Your photos are beautiful! I am sure you had exactly the picture you wanted in your mind already. One of these might have to take it's place. The children are natural and the light spectacular!

    As a Maryland girl, I am partial to Kate's crab dress! It looks great!

    Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  17. So beautiful! We have a boutique here (KY) called Animal Crackers and it is my favorite. I wonder if they are connected because that is the same type of clothes they sell..

    I love the dress and the pictures turned out great! I see you are in the clickinmoms group. Me too, I haven't been able to play with it much yet but hope to find the time to learn a few pointers!!

    Hannah

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  18. Precious children and pictures! I wish you'd turn the tables and get one of your children to take a couple of shots of you and your husband at the beach!

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  19. Kim, I'm glad you are enjoying time as a family and with family. I'm sure it's hard to relax with your upcoming move.
    I especially love the 7th photo down with all 3 peanuts. The lighting and colors are perfect! All the photos are great! I like the one with Kate's dainty hand too and also the one in her tutu suit walking with some 'tude. lol
    ENJOY!!

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  20. I love them all Kim. You are so talented with the camera. More importantly, they tell a story...right now is a transition. For Dave, for you, for the peanuts and whn you look back, you'll be so thankful that they are just as you all are right this moment.

    I love the dress!!! Both of our girls have the rebecca raggs crabby capri set - they just wore them to the aquarium (I will post) but that dress is darling - it does help that such a cutie pie is wearing it;)

    Thinking of you dear friend
    Love,
    Heather

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  21. These photos, and your children, are breath-taking.
    Truly precious.
    Blessings ~

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  22. Kim,

    If this is not your best photography...I can't wait to see the rest!! I think you got some great shots! I went back and counted...the 7th picture of the 3 peanuts walking toward the water with Kate in the middle...that's the money shot if you ask me...I love it. I can't beleive you are disappointed in these!! I think (and hope) that when you have a chance to sit back, relax and really take some time...you will see how fabulous these are.

    Thank you for sharing a little of your vacation and your talent...your eye and your photography inspire me!!

    Kate

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  23. Oh... to have that dress!! I know - coveting is a sin...
    The pictures are just breathtaking: the subjects, the ocean and sand background, all of it.
    We are home less than two weeks with our own Chinese Angel - she is also from Jiangxi Province!
    Enjoy the remainder of your trip!

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  24. Kim,
    All three of your children are just beautiful! They love one another so much! You have a very sweet family!
    I am praying that the move go smoothly and can't wait to hear from you when you get settled!
    Norah

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  25. Kim,
    All three of your children are just beautiful! They love one another so much! You have a very sweet family!
    I am praying that the move go smoothly and can't wait to hear from you when you get settled!
    Norah

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  26. I love these pictures! Will is a little man now - and yes, he is gorgeous! I love his crystal clear eyes! You have three of the cutest kids ever!!!!
    I took almost 200 pictures at the beach and got one good family photo and two good xmas card pictures! It's a challange and a half!
    Good luck with the growing pains and your move!!!

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  27. Kim -- These pictures are absolutely adorable! Kate's dress is just perfect!

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  28. those are amazing pictures and your 3 peanuts are just beyond adorable ...we do have so much to be thankful for even in the midst of our trials ...

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  29. These are just precious! I love the one of Kate (#11) looking off into the distance. So sweet.
    Glad you are able to have this time before the big move!

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  30. LOVE the pictures...
    Can't wait to see the sunset pictures...
    I think you do a WONDERFUL job on the pictures...
    LOVE Kate's dress...
    The kids look soooo adorable..
    Have a Great Evening..

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  31. Your children are gorgeous!! I think Will's eyes are breathtaking!!!

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  32. First off, you are sportin one of my most favorite songs ever.. so thanks for allowing me to hang for a bit to enjoy ...

    And your photos always make me smile! I love how you are able to capture their joy, or whatever they happen to be feeling right then and there. Your phots grab a hold of us and take us there... They never fail to make me smile.
    Thanks for allowing us to experience a tiny share of your many blessings!

    ;)
    Amie

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  33. Beautiful! All three of your children are just beautiful and your pictures are darling. The colors are so vivid and I love Kate's crab dress. I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation.

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  34. Precious children! Don't know how they stayed so clean on the beach, good job. As usual, great photos!
    We also just got back from the beach, come visit.
    Wishing all the best with your upcoming move.

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  35. What beautiful pictures. I thoroughly enjoy your blogspot. It is one of my dear friends favorites. She is in the process of adapting her little girl from Korea (Ourlifesfulfillment.blogspot) and has a link to yours. I am a huge scrapbooker and would love to know what camera you use...your pictures are fantastic. May God Bless you and your family in your move to your new home.

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  36. Kim,

    I think these are amazing pictures but as their mother I know you see them one way and want to capture that essence that sometimes can't be captured...Okay, not sure that sentence made sense (haven't had coffee yet).

    They are lovely images from a lovely time together...

    I am thankful God has blessed you with each peanut!

    Love,
    Lisa

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  37. Beautiful photos!! Your boys and Kate are simply adorable! You do a great job on your beach pictures.
    Take care.

    Janet

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  38. Your pictures are beautiful, as are your children. I love the ones where they are facing the water. They'll thank you for these when they are older :)

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  39. Your pictures are beautiful, as are your children. I love the ones where they are facing the water. They'll thank you for these when they are older :)

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  40. The pictures turned out great! I love Animal Crackers...it's three blocks from my parents house so I try to stop in whenever I'm in town.

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  41. What an amazing photo shoot! I didn't think Harry looked tired at all; but then again, I'm not his Mom! I can't wait to see your sunset shoot!

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  42. These are just lovely.... I hope you get your sunset pics too... But this morning light just gives it a freshness and a beauty all it's own.
    Safe trip home my friend...
    You are in my prayers.
    Love,
    Daleea

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  43. Oh they are darling pictures! I especially love the ones near the water's edge of all 3 kids and just Kate. I adore the crab dress...too cute!

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  44. Hi Kim! So glad to see you're back online... the pics are beautiful. I just love the one of the boys holding their sister's hand. Priceless!

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  45. I think the photos turned out great! I love Kate's dress - luckily it looks long and not fitted enough that it will probably still fit next summer! (if not, feel free to send it Lily's way!).

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  46. I love the pictures (and dress)! I especially love the ones of their backs 2 in a row. So sweet! Glad ya'll are having such a great trip!

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  47. Gorgeous photos! You really are good at photography-girl! It doesn't hurt that your kids are 100% adorable to start! Just precious.

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  48. Wow, these are beautiful family shots!!!!

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  49. This winter you can let her wear that dress over some red pants with a long sleeve red shirt.

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  50. OH my...breathtaking comes to mind instantly!!!
    Really Kim. these are gorgeous! I love the little "crab-smocked" dress...with the hint of blue...which of course 'pops' when the boys are beside her with their blue oxfords! OH my...gorgeous!
    All three peanuts are precoius and beautiful!!!
    Love them all!!!

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  51. The pics are awesome! I love taking beach pictures. We do better at sunset too.

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  52. The pics are awesome! I love taking beach pictures. We do better at sunset too.

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  53. Lovely photos of your precious kids. I love the dress!

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  54. You are amazingand need to take pictures for a living...really, people would pay you!

    I miss you...I hope I can get over to see you before you leave. Call me when you get home~

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  55. Lovely pictures, as always! I was so happy to see that you opened your blog again! I will say prayers for a peaceful move for your family. Our family had 7 corporate moves from mid west to east coast and back....it can test you but, also bless you! stay strong!

    sheila

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  56. Kim,

    I have read your blog for some time and really enjoy it. I am so glad you are back blogging. I have four children of my own, all under seven, so I don't have a chance to comment much. When I saw this post I had to laugh because I do the same thing to my kids every summer at the beach. We call it our annual photo shoot. This year my boys wore similiar shirts as your boys and my daughter had a special dress I had been saving as well! When they see me coming with all my gear, they roll their eyes. I was pleased with my pictures this year and I am even considering useing them for my christmas cards!
    I also wanted to let you know that I have learned so much from your blog. Especially regarding supplements which I plan to try with my family.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful family and best of luck with your upcoming move!

    Jennifer

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  57. Love the pictures - and Kates'dress is adorable! As are your handsome boys! Hope you had a great vacation!

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  58. I think you got some good ones....all the kids are so precious....can't wait to see more! ;)

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  59. Hi Kim!

    I checked your blog last week, but for some reason most of the photos didn't come through. They are AMAZING!!! I love Kate's dress! The picture of her looking up and you are little bit below her is sooo good. I love the way the sky looks in it! They are are great, I hope your travels home were good! XO, Clare

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  60. Simply Gorgeous!
    You did a terrific job motivating the kids! Everyone looks so happy- and CLEAN! Don't know how you do it! I can so relate to the dreaded beach photo shoot!
    But it is so worth it, isn't it? Love all the pictures and the colors of the kids clothes against the morning sun. Just beautiful. Hope that all is going well with your move! Let me know how you are doing!

    Blessings!

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  61. These photos are absolutely beautiful! WOW! You have the most perfect Christmas card! Kate's dress is adorable. We were in Bermuda a couple of weeks ago and I had hoped for the prefect Christmas card picture of Whitney (she is from Chongqing) but no luck.

    Thank you for sharing.
    Beth Anne
    NYC

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