Back when the kids were younger, it wasn't too hard to get pictures of the whole family together. If nothing else, we'd stop strangers and ask them to take photos of us on vacation. Once kids started leaving the house though, it's gotten harder and harder to get everyone together, for informal snapshots or professional photos. The last professional ones we'd done were from 2012, when Spencer was still bald from his cancer treatments. With Cami leaving on her mission, I really really really wanted to capitalize on the brief window with everyone home and get new ones taken.
Luckily the photographer we wanted was able to get us in. She was fantastic and made us feel so at ease!
I am not very good with fashion and colors, so I spent way too much time, effort, and money (all the while still trying to finish up Cami's mission shopping) trying to put together the perfect matching outfits. Too bad that we picked the hottest day of the year to get them taken. It was 100º+ and humid, humid, humid that day. The photographer had to bring rags for us to wipe the seat droplets off our faces between shots. In the end, though, I was very happy with how they came together.
Here are a few of my favorites: