Family Photos

Since Darrin and I were married last July, all of our photos together have been taken with my iphone or filtered onto Instagram…and as much as I love how quickly and easily I can snap a photo with my phone, I wanted to have a number of “first-year” family pictures that were taken with a device that only works as a camera. So we {with the help of my sisters} trekked through sunny Minneapolis snapping some pictures.



I think it is so important to document life through photography. Whenever I look through old pictures, memories come flooding back even stronger than if I were to beckon them without the prompt of an image. As kids, my sisters and I were so trained to smile for the camera that I can recall times when, if we were upset or crying, we would hold our sobs for the picture and then continue our crying after the lens was put away. Finding those images and reliving those moments is such a joyful experience for me, so you can bet that once Darrin and I start having kids they will be well documented.

Stone Arch Bridge

MinneapolisOur day was definitely sunny. My fair-skinned fella was prone to squinting, so my sister had to start counting down from three before she snapped each picture…a technique that is most commonly used with children ages 3-10. We really looked like we knew what we were doing….not….

Stone Arch Bridge

MinneapolisMany of these pictures were taken on or below the Stone Arch Bridge that crosses over St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. This bridge is incredibly beautiful, and the skyline view of Minneapolis is breathtaking! I love this bridge because it is designated only for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, etc. No vehicles are allowed. There are so many spots for people to view the river, and the wide variety of dogs that are walked across the bridge certainly seem to approve as well!


MinneapolisOur day for pictures turned out to be beautiful! But a little too sunny. If you’re going to take family photos {no matter what kind of camera you use}, I’d recommend taking them in the early evening {around 5 or 6} or on a cloudy day. Then you won’t have to worry about shadows on your face {a problem we ended up having…no thanks to such beautiful weather! 😉 }. We’ll probably take some more on a cloudier day!



I’m so blessed by this guy that I can’t help wanting more and more pictures with him. And he didn’t complain about our photo session at all! Now there’s something worth documenting! 😉

Have a wonderful night!






  • Reply jennifer prod July 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

    y’all are precious! congratulations on the marriage, and i totally agree on the importance of documenting the marriage. we should meet up sometime and take pictures together in minneapolis (i’m in uptown) 🙂

    • Reply July 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Thank you! And how fun!! Always nice to meet another Minnesotan! 🙂

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