Originally published on Sweetspot.ca
Like all young families, there comes a time when you consider the family photo as a thoughtful gift for grandparents (who are begging for prints ever since our kids' childhoods became jpegs).
In the past, we've attempted the in-store portrait studio of our youth (cute but cheesy and overly pose-y), and the self-timed "everyone in front of the tree" approach (where the baby fell asleep in my arms before we got a semi-decent shot).
This year, we were able (via testing for a future Sweet Nothing email) to squeeze in a session with a photographer. A visit to Negin Sairafi's website showed a sample of her work that made it clear the photos she would take of us would be anything but cheesy. Our session in her studio was quick and painless -- her way with my kids was impressive for a non-mom -- and in a short hour she managed to capture the dynamics of my family and my kids' personalities on film.
Here are the results: (I think Grandma will be pleased!)
(For the record, my daughter automatically got in this post when she saw the camera. Must be all the ANTM I watched when pregnant with her!)