Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New Family Photos... As a Family of Five

I have felt so guilty walking around the house these past two months with every frame filled with photos of Leila and Mia...or us as a family of four. I even put photos of Kara in the corners of some of the frames to help her feel like we hadn't forgotten her and I made sure that our digital frames were loaded of pics with her. Getting a family photo taken was high on my list, but I just couldn't get around to doing it until Friday night. (I used a wireless remote to take the ones with me in it.) I have a 16" x 20", two 11" x 14s" and several smaller photos ordered and ready to replace the outdated pictures in all our frames. Yay! It feels so good to have this done. I know it will mean a lot to Kara to see herself throughout the house, and it will make me feel so good to see her in them, too.

By the way, please bear with me as I go through an identity crisis with my watermark. I started using DaLeMi Photography when I assumed Kara would want to be called by her Chinese name, Da Xin (Da = Da Xin; Le = Leila; Mi = Mia). Now, it just doesn't make much sense anymore, so I'm switching to Michelle R... at least for now.

Final F Family

I used Rebecca's Warm Antiqued Lightroom pre-set on three of these. The warm, muted colors will go great in our family room.

Keeper 3 11x14 up


Just a Little Something (1 of 1)-2

You should have seen these white dresses about 15 minutes later. They were covered in red sucker stains. :)

Keeper 4 11 x 14

Nolan's mom was visiting, so I wanted to get her in with the girls, too. I love how it turned out.

warm antiqued (1 of 1)

We went to the backyard to take a few fun shots. The girls had a great time jumping for these pics.

Family Jump (1 of 1)-5


Family Jump (1 of 1)-6


Family Jump (1 of 1)-2


Family Jump (1 of 1)

Ahhhhhh.... what a wonderful feeling to have this done. It's my turn to jump for joy!

33 comments:

Faye said...

I love them. They are beautiful (the pictures and the subjects).
Had fun today. See you Saturday.

N said...

Breathtaking pictures! :) I am sure Kara will love them.

Jodee Leader said...

I love your new family picture! Your girls are just adorable! You are soooo blessed!

SoyJoyChina said...

You have beautiful subjects, but you are a very awesome photographer!! Gorgeous pictures!
Sandra

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Yea!!! You're so good. I love these pictures and I know the family shot will look fantastic in your home. You inspire me, Michelle!

Love,
Lisa

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh, I love them, Michelle! Especially those jumping for joy ones.

Sarah said...

What great family pics! Way to go, Michelle.

isabellecrouche said...

so cute!

ellie said...

oh man, your girls and these photos are so beautiful :) I LOVE the one with the big lollipops and their cute toes sticking out! does it have Christmas photo written all over it?

It is so good to see the girls together!

Joanne said...

Gorgeous! Love the way they all came out :) You have a beautiful family!

Monkeys Mommy ♥ said...

Beautiful girls and excellent pictures. You are a very talented photographer.

Stacy said...

Love the new pics. You'll have to tell me about watermarking when I see you next. I'm very interested :) See you Sat!

Tisha said...

Michelle,

Simply beautiful! I'm sure you look at those pictures and are in awe of the Lord's goodness and blessings. Beautiful pictures but more importantly, a beautiful family filled with God's love! An example to us all of how our lives can look when we are open to the Lord's call and we walk with Him in obedience. You inspire me as well!

Blessings,
Tisha

Jboo said...

Wow -- those are beautiful! You have a the sweetest family! Great photos!!

Janet

Stefanie said...

WOW! They turned out fantastic! I know that feeling of wanting a CURRENT family photo... you definitely got a great one!
And I loved the ones of the girls jumping! I know Kara will love seeing all your new pics displayed around the house :)

Lindy said...

Beautiful pictures... beautiful family!

Lilly said...

the girls look so dress up with their pearl necklaces!

Great pictures forever!

LaLa said...

Oh, they are all SOOOO great!!! I love them and am so happy you can refill those frames now :)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh Michelle, I LOVE these photos!! The girls look so cute in their white dresses......and I have to say, I am impressed with your remote skills....what a gorgeous family shot!

Hope you are having a great week!

Lisa

Joe and Jane said...

Beautiful pics! Getting new family photos was one of the first things I did with Willa too. She was much younger and I'm sure didn't care but I wanted Jia to see us as a complete family unit, and I think it helped everyone feel that way! I'm sure Kara appreciates them!

Ashley said...

Oh Michelle what absolutely great photos!! I can imagine it will be wonderfully complete once you have them in the frames. Hope things have been going well for you, my mom is doing much better and is home. One of my aunts came into town to stay with my parents for the next month or so to help with everything, which has lifted a huge weight off my dad - praises!! My mom is even feeling well enough to do some wedding things:)

Great seeing the five of you all together and I genuinely love the ones of the girls jumping - their white dresses look great against the green grass and blue sky!!

Blessings and Hugs, Ashley

Missy said...

Michelle,
These are sooo great to see! You have such a beautiful family and I am so happy that Kara is finally home to complete the family! I adore these pics, especially the jumping shots!!!

Stunning!

Terry said...

These are absolutely beautiful pictures!! I LOVE them! You are an amzaing photgrapher, and having such great girls makes it look so effortless!
You have a beautiful family!!!

Bet those dresses were quite colorful later huh ? :-)

Norah said...

Very beautiful!

delucchi family said...

The family shot is my favourite and then the jumping ones. Great photos and I am sure Kara will love seeing her photos all over the house.
Love Jules
xxx

mommy24treasures said...

these are wonderful Michelle! Great job.What a perfect family:)

Lila said...

A D O R A B L E !!!
These photos are so beautiful, just like your lovely family!

Anonymous said...

Your children are beautiful. I came across your blog from Joy Portis' blog. Amanda Johnigan

Gail said...

Catching up on my blogs...your pics are stunning Michelle!!! Love the jumping shots. You have a beautiful family...

Have a great week friend!

Marla said...

Jump you should, these are amazing! I'm loading the family up and heading your way! What color should we wear?

Rebekah said...

What beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. Congratulations on bringing Kara home.

Tomara said...

"Beautiful" isn't a good enough word! You have a gorgeous family and I love the story that goes with it!

Leah Mei said...

I am always amazed by your fantastic pictures. You have a beautiful family