Life List: Get a Gorgeous Family Portrait Taken

Every time I see a beautiful portrait of a newborn I sigh. I missed out on that. I have a lot of lovely photos of my tiny boys, but it’s not like I got them in front of that lady who stuffs babies in flower pots and sacks (I can’t think of her name).

Every time I see how much a real photographer charges to take those portraits, I sigh again.

But the boys aren’t going to stop growing and Sears isn’t going to cut it.

I was reminiscing last night about that time when Alden was a baby and I was still struggling to process this new, intense love. I used to say, “I just wish I could kill somebody for him.” Not, like, an innocent bystander. Somebody bad. Maybe the old go-back-in-time-and-kill-Hitler cliche. I could do it as a tribute.

I couldn’t think of anything big enough to express how I felt.

Another element of that intensity was the way I would weep at the evidence of his aging. When he was X weeks old instead of X days old I was crushed. I hated it when he went up a month. That’s all settled down now, although heaven help Damon if he promotes Elliot to the next month one day before it’s official.

I need to document these kids and I want the picture to be beautiful like they are. I’d also be awfully excited to have a photo of all of us together where my part doesn’t make me cringe a little.

My favorite family portrait so far was taken by my cousin Joella at the Central Park carousel nearly two years ago:

Stacey Bode shot my friend Sarah’s wedding. Among the many, many gorgeous photos she took were these of Alden:


The last two times we’ve been to Atlanta Stacey hasn’t had any time for a booking. So today I sent her an email asking if she’s free either of the next two weekends. I’m willing to drive down for it. These babies won’t wait.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Anne Geddes. And flowerpots are all well and good, but Alden is pretty darn cute even without such adornment.

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  2. Anne Geddes. And flowerpots are all well and good, but Alden is pretty darn cute even without such adornment.

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    • Thank you! I knew I could Google it, but sometimes I just don’t want to take the easy way.
      And thanks for the compliment as well. Do you have a favorite family photo?

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  3. Thank you! I knew I could Google it, but sometimes I just don’t want to take the easy way.
    And thanks for the compliment as well. Do you have a favorite family photo?

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  4. Ooh, thanks for asking! I’ll have to dig one out. 🙂

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  5. I’m waiting for the opportunity for a perfect portrait, too. Portrait Innovations is just so humdrum.
    The pro photogs around here are so expensive, though, it makes me choke a little.
    Alden’s beautiful in those photos…
    And I remember that intense feeling after Samuel was born. I’d just look at him and cry, he was so beautiful. It’s a little addicting for me, I’m afraid.

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  6. I’m waiting for the opportunity for a perfect portrait, too. Portrait Innovations is just so humdrum.
    The pro photogs around here are so expensive, though, it makes me choke a little.
    Alden’s beautiful in those photos…
    And I remember that intense feeling after Samuel was born. I’d just look at him and cry, he was so beautiful. It’s a little addicting for me, I’m afraid.

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  8. […] We’ve been talking about it for a while. We actually went to Atlanta shortly after I wrote that, but our booking got rained out. Stacey offered to vamp up a shoot, but I wasn’t willing to compromise. […]

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