And no "miracle" is not an exaggeration.
PLEASE NOTE: My friend Kelsey, who took these photos is (obviously!!!) extremely talented, she's also very professional and has worked hard to establish a skill and style of her own. She also knows I like to dable in photography and editing, so she very graciously allowed me to also have the non-edited versions of our photos. So to respect her, I will very clearly mark those photos that are either did not receive her editing or where I went beyond her existing edits. There's not many, cuz I LOVE hers so much! See all her "miracle working" HERE.
Check it out!!!! We got one!!!!
To understand that, you have to realize that the few photo shoots we have attempted I have come home in tears, and my dear husband has kindly suggested that perhaps I needed to let go of my expectation that OUR family could have a nice family photo taken (like everybody else). Having tried my hand at a bit of photography and taken pictures for others, I wasn't so naive to think that family photos are all bliss and ease. They're hard work. Especially for moms. Emotions are using running high after the stress of getting (and keeping) everyone presentable (in the outfits that took weeks of planning and decision making), and for some reason the idea of smiling for a half hour or so puts men into immediate fight or flight.
* obviously this are unedited,
sorry Kels, they just tell the story so well!
|Can you see the concentration in my face?|
(Ben looks like hes having fun)
|This is and * unedited one of him |
once he "came around"
She was amazing! She distracted me from being self conscious of my zitty face ("easily photo-shoped!") by talking about my model long legs (this was my debut in skinnies, by the way, a bit of a triumph in and of itself) She downplayed my kids inattention with promises of "easy-peezy head swapping".
She was just perfect in every way.
* Speaking of perfect, I can't image why these didn't make the cut?
"In His mercy, the God of heaven, the Creator and Ruler of all things everywhere, had heard a prayer about a very minor thing. One might well ask why He would concern Himself with something so small. I am led to believe that our Heavenly Father loves us so much that the things that are important to us become important to Him, just because He loves us."
|* This was a crop I made. Sorry Kels I know the image is a little blown out this close, but I was so drawn to their expressions. This picture completely captures the essense of Ben and Aaron. Love it.|
|* Another additional crop. Like most moms I'm always taking the photos and a good one of us with our kids, is golden!|
Even though Aaron isn't so great at smiling on demand... and gets a little anxious...
|* another crop of Kelsey's edit...man those eyes!!!! Just wanna kiss him!|
And even get one of our silly McKye (even without the airplane!)
|* I played with the color on this one...oh and thanks Amanda for lending me your boots! they were perfect.|
*This was one I tried to quickly edit, I'm obviously not as good as Kels, but I felt like this one was the most "Levi"ish.
|* a slight crop (to recreate a picture we have with Aaron about the same age)|
Doesn't my hair look good!?! Of course it does, cuz I didn't do it! I got it cut and styled right before by my friend Nysha.
It was a good plan.
|* the right is my crop|
I doubled all these up, just for convenience in posting/viewing.
|My handsome Benny!|
|A definitie fav.|
By the way, it was suppose to be either snowing or freezing rain that day, and I prayed like crazy.
So ya, miracles.
Once again, our miracle worker photographer can be found at: