I am a little bit obsessed with taking pictures. If I could capture every single moment of the girls’ lives with my camera, I would. I think it’s because when I get older and look back on this time, I want to be able to remember the little things that happened in our lives.
I always look forward to this time of year because it’s the time of year that we send out holiday cards. It’s such a beautiful time to update friends and family on what is going on in our lives and it also gives me the best excuse to schedule to have our photos taken by a professional (and not me with my iPhone camera.)
This year I had the rare opportunity to have our photographer Meg, from our wedding, take our holiday photos. She holds such a special place in my heart because she captured one of the happiest days of my life in beautiful photos. When I found out that she was coming to NYC, I immediately asked if she would take photos of our family. Unfortunately my husband had to work the day that they were in town, but I still took advantage of it because this was something that didn’t happen very often.
Meg captured so many incredible moments of me and the girls. I don’t have many photos with just the three of us. I am always the one behind the camera capturing them on camera. I never take the time to step in front of it and capture the moments with just us.
This was Avery’s first time braving my annual (oh yes, it’s annual) “fall photo shoot” and she did great. Take a look at some of my favorite moments captured on that beautiful morning in Central Park with just me and my girls.
Who is this person taking pictures of me? 1 of 8I'm a little bit crazy when it comes to these kind of things. When I know that I need to get a good shot for our holiday cards, I get a little "stage mom" -ish. I was trying to do the best I could to warm Avery up to having someone take photos of her. She is so used to me having my phone in her face taking pictures, but not used to someone else professionally doing it. It took her about five minutes to get the hang of things.
Just the three of us. 2 of 8It's hard to believe, but I hardly have any pictures of me and the girls. I am always the one snapping the picture and rarely get in front of the camera. When I saw this shot, it brought tears to my eyes. The happiness on my face truly shows how much I love and adore these girls and am so honored to be able to call myself their mom.
Little Tongue 3 of 8I don't know what was in her mind that day, but Avery had her tongue out nearly the entire shoot. She thought it was so funny to keep sticking it out. I thought it was absolutely adorable.
There’s a little smile. 4 of 8After sticking her tongue out for a while, she finally gave us a little smirk. Her personality finally started to shine!
True love 5 of 8Although Avery looks more interested in the leaf in this photo, I love the way that Harlan's face is so in love with her sister. I hope they realize what an incredible bond they share.
The Best Outtake 6 of 8This photo just makes me laugh. Avery's tongue is out like she thinks that the hug from Harlan is the most disgusting thing. Best outtake of the entire shoot.
Our Daily Lives 7 of 8This gives you a glimpse into my everyday routine. We walk everywhere with our stroller. If Avery is fussy (she was getting fussy and tired by the time we were nearing the end), then I take her out of the stroller and hold her while pushing it along. I honestly feel like it's me, Avery, and that stroller all day long!
Love That Face 8 of 8One of my favorite shots of Avery from the entire shoot. She was so tired in this picture, but you could never tell by that little smirk on her face. She is such a easy going little girl!
More from Lauren on Baby’s First Year:
- 6 Fun Holiday Travel Tips to Keep You and Your Baby Entertained
- 10 Baby Sign Language Signs We Use the Most
- 20 Gifts to Commemorate Baby’s First Christmas
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All images taken by Meg Baisden Photography.