The Images They Will Remember Most.

        Whenever I think back on my favorite photos from my own childhood, images of me with my parents always pop into my mind.   I loved those photos when I was little, but even more now that I can see the resemblance between me and my mom when she was younger, and between my boys and me when I was younger.  Thinking of those images gives me the sense that things are coming full circle.  And that’s a pretty cool feeling.

        I know most of us don’t like to be in front of the camera … I certainly don’t.  I don’t know how to pose myself in flattering ways, and when I look at the images I see the wrinkles by my eyes and how my nose still hasn’t shrunk and neither has my chin.  Other parts have, but then other parts are getting bigger much to my frustration!

        But then I think back, again, to those images of myself with my mom or dad from decades ago, and I know I don’t pick apart those photos.  So I know my boys won’t either.  In those images, I just see my parents loving me all those years ago, and I really, really hope that that is what my little nuggets see when they look at these decades from now.

        A big thank you to Gage and Cooper for taking these images.  🙂  I had planned on getting one of all three of us together, using my tripod, but Charlie was going crazier than normal (running around like he was a finalist in an agility-dog competition) and I knew he’d knock it over.  Next time!

        And one of just me, because Gage worked so hard to get it “just right”.    😉

        Please don’t forget to take photos with your babies!  They may not always remember exactly what you looked like at this age, and eventually you may not so willingly cooperate!  You’ll be happy you did, but years from now, they will be even MORE HAPPY that you did!

        Photographer friends .. these were taken with the 85 1.4.  It is a pretty portrait lens and not overly heavy for my boys to handle when they are taking the photos.  When I hand it over, I’ve already figured out where everyone is going to stand, I set the exposure (keep the SS nice and high … they can’t hold the camera as steady as you!), put the focal point about where I want it, and tell them to put it on my eye when they focus.  🙂  A lot end up blurry or ‘off’ but we only need a few keepers after all! xoxo

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        • Amanda - Lacey, I just finished up the Shooting 102 MME class you helped teach and came across your blog through that some how. I just have to say that I LOVE reading your posts and seeing your pictures. They are always so warm and cozy feeling and you truly inspire me!! And the post today about taking pictures WITH your kids FOR THEM to have in the years to come brought tears to my eyes. This is so true. I have probably a handful of photos of me and my kids and that is sad because I have thousands of them together and tons of them with their daddy!!! You’ve inspired me so much today and I plan on getting in front of the camera with them this weekend. Thank you 🙂ReplyCancel

          • Lacey - Amanda! Thank you so very much for visiting my blog and for sharing your amazing words of encouragement to me. I can’t even express how much it means to me. And YAY for taking more photos of yourself with your kiddos! That makes me even more happy. <3ReplyCancel

        • Mishael Cushman - Lacey, I absolutely love these! You can just see how much your boys adore you.ReplyCancel

        • Mom - Sweetpea, I’m without adequate words to describe how much I love this post. Oh, my! Just beautiful….
          XO to you
          XOXOXO to GCK from GrammieReplyCancel

        • Carrie - Love this! Such an inspiration you are <3ReplyCancel

        • Rebecca Richeson - Lacey – brings tears to my eyes. I love these images and this warms my heart and makes me want to get in front of the lens!

          Thank you for this.ReplyCancel

        • Olivia - I can’t believe your boys took these shots! I was thinking your husband must have taken them. That makes them even more special. I am so very guilty of not having shots of me with my daughter. I have a goal of doing my hair at least once a week so that I can’t say no when my husband tries to take a picture, but it’s only happened a couple times. Tomorrow!ReplyCancel

        • Jen - Lacey, these are amazing. I’m sure your boys will treasure them, and they are made even more special by knowing they took actually took them. Just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

        • Erica - Hank says he wants a date with you guys. :0)

          I love these pictures. Your little bit about things changing, oh how I can relate. Maybe not my nose or chin but with child bearing I have seen some very unwanted changes in my body. I cannot express my thankfullness for pictures with the priceless gifts that have come from this sacrifice.

          Thank you for this post. xoxo

        • Michelle C. - Oh my gosh; just adorable!!!!! Your kids are rockstar photographers!!! So beautiful Lacey. 🙂ReplyCancel

        • kendra - I just love each and every one <3 What treasures!!!ReplyCancel

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