While we were home in Michigan this summer, I booked Vafa-Coffman Photography for an extended family photoshoot. My sister Scotti and her husband Zack had just had baby Greenlea – a new baby is always so exciting – and I really wanted to get a few pictures with my parents. (My Dad was diagnosed a few years ago with Lewy Body Dementia, a heart-breaking disease similar to Alzheimer’s) So we asked the Vafa-Coffmans to come capture a day of fun in the sun: water skiing, floating around on tubes, all sorts of cute photo ops with naked little kids and parents in suits and brightly colored towels and umbrella drinks and a whole dose of YAY, SUMMER!
As you may know, Summer had other plans this year.
But Paul and Amy (the Vafa-Coffmans) still showed bright and early, and, thankfully, were both confidant that we could get some good family pics. None of us had planned out what to wear, and poor Scotti and Zack were bleary-eyed, having been up half the night with Greenlea.
Sure, NOW she sleeps.
We all sort of rushed around, wetting down cowlicks and applying mascara and finding something warm (you can prob guess the sweater I wore…AGAIN), and in the end we were like, “well, ok FINE. IT’S FINE.”
But Paul and Amy had the genius idea to just grab some blankets and bring our coffee down to the freezing dock. “Just snuggle together” Amy said. “Snuggle together and have a chat and drink your coffee – it’ll be great. I promise.”
You guys? Amy was right. These pics blew away ALL of my expectations.
I mean….this is it. This right here. This is us.
I also wanted to illustrate a point I know I’ve harped on before: There’s always this pressure to get the holiday card shot – the one where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling, right? And sure, we got one of those. Voila….
It’s nice, right? But it’s not nearly as interesting, or heck – not nearly as representative of who we are as the others.
The moral of this story? Roll with it. (And good coffee and cozy blankets can make up for A LOT.)
Paul and Amy, we adore working with you!! We plan on making this our new family tradition (and I think my brother and his fam will be joining us next year, so we’ll have to come up with something equally amazing. No pressure, but…yeah. #thatspressure).
Ok Mamas! It’s that time of year, so I’ll be featuring more family photo shoot ideas in the coming weeks. If you have a family photos you love (or are a photographer and want to be featured), shoot me an email at themomedit (at) gmail (dot) com.
And if you are dying over Scotti’s sweater (perfect for pooch-hiding and nursing), it’s Free People’s Sudan V-Neck in forest green.
ps. You can see some insanely gorgeous shots of Scotti, Zack and newborn Greenlea on the Vafa-Coffman’s blog. (Including some that were photo-bombed by the dog!! Poor Callie is now second fiddle.)