The Portrait of a Family

I usually duck when someone points a camera in my direction.

I'm not camera shy, really, I just don't love being the object on the other end of a lens.

It probably sounds weird that I've dreamed of a professional photo shoot of my family.  A brave soul to follow us around while we wear white and dodge grass stains. (We've had family pictures taken at WalMart loads of times and it's fine, but, well, you know).

So, there it is: my dream.

And, thanks to Sherrard Photography, she captured much more than grass stains:

The sweet gal behind the lens took around 500 pictures of our family in around an hour. She was so fun and creative and put this uneasy girl at ease.

Her work is amazing. Christa is flexible and easy-going and cute as a button. 

She is a premier wedding photographer and will travel just about anywhere to capture your special day. She sticks to areas around Houston, Texas, for everything else.

And if you visit her site, you'll fall in love with her gorgeous images. 

If you tell her I sent you, she'll offer 10% off her reasonable family sitting fees.

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Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family you have there! Thanks for sharing yourself so unconditionally. You are such a joy to 'visit' and I feel blessed to have found your blog. Kaizen!

Anonymous said...

Awesome pictures...i love the last one, you have a beautiful family, thank you for sharing


Muthering Heights said...

They turned out beautifully!

Chief said...

Great pictures. It's funny we had to do the same thing....dressed in white, frolicking about the weeds, holding balloons as the burst into pieces from the wind...babies screaming.... They turned out almost as good as yours did!

Scott said...

I really like the one of the kids in the picture frame.

You have a beautiful family!

Rachel said...

How cute! Thanks for sharing.

Alice said...

i love that last shot with the signs! you guys are a hoot! the pictures all look wonderful :)

Becca said...

I LOVE the picture with the frame! I am so jealous of your professional photo shoot. When it gets a little cooler here in the desert, I want to do one of my own.

Michelle said...

The one with the picture frame is super cute!

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Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

I love that last one- how cute!

Keesler Chaos said...

I just HAD to send you the link to Tim Hawkin's Chick-fil-a song!

Kristin said...

You have a beautiful family! I really like the kids holding the frame and the photo of all of you jumping. Looks like the whole family had fun that day.

Jackie said...

I LOVE Christa! Love that girl!

Lisa said...

It looks like y'all really had fun, and that's what will make you look back on these photos and smile. She did a great job capturing your fun family!

Justbeingamum said...

They are such great pictures. When my son was young we had some great pictures taken of him. All in white etc. His picture was then put in a charity coffee table book. It is a great thing to look back on, just like the pictures are.
I love the one of you all jumping up with your signs, what a great idea.
Thanks for sharing.

Abbie said...

Great Pictures!!

The Rambling Housewife said...

Beautiful pictures! When you find a good photographer, it's best to keep them! My favourite has been taking our pictures since Monkey #1 was born, except it seems like she's always out of the "office" for some reason or another when it's Monkey #2's turn for pictures. And I have fewer good pictures of my poor daughter than of anyone else!

Becky said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm so glad you found a photographer you like. Too bad we're not near Houston.

Michelle said...

I am amazed!

We just had similar outside pictures taken of our family last weekend. Our photographer was great, the wind, and our kids were not. My kids were so freaking hyper and they usually aren't. I think since we were in a park they thought they could run and scream even though the photographer was trying to get a good shot. There really isn't a fabulous shot of the 5 of us but I am really picky. There is one of us walking holding hands that I like expect hubby thinks he looks fat. We did get some great shots of the three kids together, the girls indvidually, and hubby and I together. Not too bad for $75 so I shouldn't complain.

Your pictures turned out great!

Tina said...

Y'all are SO cute!!

You have beautiful babies :)

Hoosier Homemade said...

Awesome pictures! I love the one with the signs and the one in B&W of you are walking away!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, that picture of your son is GORGEOUS!!

Ya'll are a good looking family.

Christi said...

Oh great pictures! Making me want to do the same!

Sharon said...

Great pictures! I, too, have been wanting to get a good family picture done but just keep putting it off. Hopefully we'll get to in in the next month or so, after our youngest starts walking again. Thanks for the recommendation. Since I am in the Houston area, I'll have to look her up!

Lisa Anne said...

Way better than Walmart. Those are some amazing pictures!!

Gardenia said...

your family is beautiful. love your older daughter's sweet smile, the boy is that cutie in the harry potter miovie (harry?) and your little one has fluffy wisps of hair. so adorably cute, your family is. and you are beautiful too. thanks for sharing. and those madras shorts -- how unique.

Mom said...

These are wonderful. I particularly like the one of the three kids holding the frame. That is a very good creative setup.

Preggo said...

OMG! Thanks for posting this!! My BF is getting married in Houston in Dec, and their Photog just backed out on them, so I IMMEDIATELY sent an email to see if Christa was available for their date. The pics look fantastic!! Thanks again

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Amazing shots!
We had family shots done professionally a few years ago (even included the ex) and I'm so glad. Gonna do it again when the youngest graduates. Priceless!

MissMeliss said...

oh i love the pics!!!!! :D they are great!

Christie O. said...

oh i especially love the frame one!!!

Phogos said...

i LOVE this blog. I think it is so wonderful that your family is so close! Your pictures are great. My family just had a photo shoot also...(not as fun as yours)...and our photography suggested we get a life size picture made at Phogos is a company that takes your digital images and turns them into life size wall decals! Ours turned out so neat!

Cookie Crums said...

Great family photos!! My favorite is the one of the kids holding the picture frame. What a awesome idea!!

We have one of my whole family on the beach holding hands with our backs to the camera. It's one of my favorites.

nothing like having a wonderful photographer to capture family moments.

Beach said...

LOVE the B/W of you all walking away!!!!
Hugs, :) Heather S.

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Our life is a bowl of Barry's said...

Love the black and white and the one of you all jumping....awesome! You look great in photos...!!

Bridget said...

The frame one is my favorite...well...and the jumping one. So cute!

christa elyce said...

wow! thank you to you whole lot! you're comments were mint! and made me smile! i really loved spending time with We Are That Family. It was a fun shoot.

take advantage of the 10% discount this fall...i get really booked the closer we get to the holidays! scurry to my site and have a gander!

love to you all!
Christa Sherrard

Shannon said...

I love that picture of you, Kristen--you look so happy and relaxed! (I think it would look good on a book jacket...*cough*...) ;)

Erin @ Closing Time said...

Cute photos! And your shirts are beautifully white! So glad it went well! :)

Just Breathe said...

They are fantastic. I would love to have that done. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous gorgeous pics!

Nicole said...

First of all - you are really cute! And the family! These are fabulous pictures! I wish your photog lived closer to Chicago. And where does your 2 year old get that blonde hair?! It is SO CUTE! I have an almost 2 year old with the same color hair and neither hubby nor I have light hair (or brother). I love it and wonder if it will stick. Probably not so we should take lots of pics. Thanks for sharing these great pictures of your precious family.

vanettens said...

Adorable pics! I love the one with the picture frame - I might have to steal that one maybe for our Christmas card (with my family of course:)

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