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family photos 2014

A few weeks ago, the super talented, very wise, fashionable, kind and sweetly southern Paige came for a visit and photographed our family. I’ve long admired her talent and was so thankful to have her capture our family just being us {a coordinated-outfit version of us, at least}.

The photos – every single one – turned out beautifully. She was fun and made us feel comfortable, even though it was 30* out and we were freezing. The kids did well, Atlas made it into a few and we now have cherished images we can’t wait to hang on our walls and give to our family.

Want to see a few of my favorites?

family-on-grass

Sometimes I look at us and think, ‘wow, that’s a big family’. Okay, all the time I think that.

bw-laughing

This one is just too good for words. It totally captured the kids and their cuteness.

bw-singing

And this one. It was almost our christmas card {see below} but instead will be made into a gigantic canvas.

bw-family-bench

Another card contender.

bw-soccer

Even though we can’t see everyone’s face, I like that she had the kids play and captured this moment.

We picked up Atlas and took just a couple more photos, but by this time it was suuuuper cold and the kids were feeling done.

 

walking-atlas

Yet, Paige managed to snap a shot that is another favorite of ours. I especially love No. 3’s hat.

walking-with-atlas

We wanted to have great pictures to document our family at this stage, and also to use for christmas cards. Did you know that Jones Design Company was started as a custom stationery business about 11 years ago? I did wedding invitations and baby announcements and lots and lots of christmas cards. Half the time I made our cards and the other half was too burnt out to get our family cards put together in time.  A stationery designer not sending out holiday cards? I know.

christmas-card-2014

This is the first year that I have not done a single christmas card order. It’s a new stage of business for me and while I’m so very thankful for the past years of orders, I’m also thankful for a holiday season where I can focus on other projects and clear out more space for family time.  It’s also the first year I did not design or make our own cards. This year, we ordered from Minted.

There were so many great pictures to choose from, but we ended up doing a full family shot for the front

christmas-card-front

and this darling photo for the back

back-of-card

I could not be happier with the Minted experience. There are a million designs to choose from, you can customize fonts and colors, there are add-ons like extra thick paper, gold foil printing {yes!}, envelope liners {I choose gold glitter} and even free addressing. The order came quickly and the quality is excellent.

There is still time to order your cards! Use discount code HAPPY2014 to take 15% off your order at minted.com.

Thank you, dear Paige, for sharing your talent with us. These photos will be cherished.

25 thoughts on “family photos 2014”

  1. I think all of the photos are great, but I especially like the pic of the children all standing in front of the two of you, also the dog walking one. Seeing this post reminded me that I too have to get this done.

  2. NOOO.!!…………. I missed the deadline for ordering!!! Can I still order even though I won’t receive my order til after Christmas ? I really wanted the Holiday collection. :(

  3. What a gorgeous family! Wait until those boys of yours grow up. Then you’ll really think what a big family! :) I know, I have four too. Taking beautiful family photos is my very favorite part of being a photographer. It’s so magical. Love yours!

  4. Your family is lovely…You can tell that you put a lot of thought and time into picking the clothes,
    hair and makeup….I think you got really wonderful photos for cards. Merry Christmas to your family.

  5. I love your style! I’m looking for blogs that have a similar feel. What blogs do you follow and which ones are you most inspired by? I have some favorites which are very very different from each other, but I tend to gravitate back to more classic and neutral designs– like yours. I couldn’t find a blogroll on your site. Please share!

  6. Thank you for sharing your favorite portraits. I love how the color combos worked with the outfits you chose a while back. And seeing your family so affectionate and playful is a neat glimpse into your life. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  7. you have THEW CUTEST Family!!! every single photo was amaze. my girlfriend shared something from your site awhile ago and I started following. love what you do and enjoy everything you share. merry merry!

  8. Your pictures turned out great! every year I tell myself to call a photograher and every year it slips by. I end up taking pictures at home of the kids. Thanks for the link I’m always looking for new card ideas, love it!

  9. Oh my…these pictures are a-mazing! It helps that you have a beautiful family :) I think you picked the perfect picture for your card! I follow Paige on IG and her blog and she is a wonderfully talented photographer. Wish she lived closer :)
    Merry Christmas!

  10. What a gorgeous family you have! We did family photos also this year. The last time before that was about 6 yrs ago, so it was time! I’m so glad we did. I love that this time in our lives is captured in photos and we will have them for many years. Yours turned out so beautifully and I just adore the back side of your Christmas card! :-)

  11. love, love, love! Beautiful family! This is the first year, that I too, didn’t design my holiday card.. I ordered from minted {I’m obsessed with gold foil prints}!!

  12. You have a beautiful family and I always enjoy your content…thanks for sharing with us! Do you mind if I ask where you purchased your husbands jacket with the pockets? Thanks…I’d love to get one like it for my husband:)

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