This is us. The gift of being photographed as a family.

Mar 30, 2017 | Being A Mama, Life in Progress

A couple of months ago we invited one of our favorite photographers (Jen of She Saw Things) to come over to our home and take some candid family shots of us. For about two hours, we went about doing our family thing while Jen took photos. You guys. I personally don’t love being photographed. But I DO love capturing moments of time in our family, and I DO love the afterglow effect that always happens. And I Do love Jen’s style of capturing joy, and everyday moments. And so we’ve committed ourselves to a family shoot every year.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite captures from our session together.  Love, love, love!

Thank you, Jen!!!!!!

Also, I’m feeling compelled to say this: I’ll never forget the first time I worked with a photographer. I wrote about the experience (and shared the photos here). There is a real magic that happens when we allow ourselves to be SEEN by another person in this very specific way. There is acceptance of our insecurities, compassion for our bodies, and an unveiling of the kind of bravery, joy, and tenderness that lives in our hearts that somehow, magically, gets revealed in photos. It is not comfortable, but for me it’s been a way toward seeing myself, really seeing myself and accepting her with all of my heart.

PS: Below are few older posts that share other shoots and the slowly but surely way of learning to see, accept, and celebrate :
That time I really began to feel good in my skin and I was photographed at about 7 months pregnant.
That time True was 3 months old and we were brand new parents.
When True was four and we our first family shoot with Jen Downer.
Learning the gift of taking selfies. 

Big love,



Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (12 comments)
  1. jacqui

    Such happy pictures of a beautiful, warm, loving family!

  2. victoria

    Loved them all…but I have to admit the one with True and his stuffed animals, stole my heart <3.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Kelly Rae!


  3. SharonKC

    What wonderful, happy and loving photographs. Your family is beautiful, Kelly!

  4. Pam

    Enjoyed every morsel ….especially liked the black & white ….seeing True’s beginning….each photographer captured the moment so very well.

  5. Valerie Millard

    Thank you for sharing these with us. They are such treasures.

  6. Robin

    Thank you for sharing all these great pictures of your family and your meaningful words. I have pretty much lost my 4 children, spouse and 13 grandchildren, but I’ve been scrapbooking a lot lately, and even through all the tears, I feel so blessed by all the happy memories.

  7. Julie

    Your art is Beautiful and I love having it hung in my house, but your family is also Beautiful and these are gorgeous photo’s a BIG Heart for your collection.

  8. Chris Davis

    What a beautiful family—the love just pours out of those photos!!

  9. Luvcreatincards

    What beautifully captured family moments, and what a brilliant way to gather a collection of treasured memories to keep and savour for a lifetime. Thank you for sharing such precious family time. 🙂

  10. Heather Bowser

    Love. Your house is crazy awesome!

  11. Kim

    These family photos are the best I’ve ever seen! I LOVE the moments captured … amazing family, amazing photographer <3

  12. ShannonRose

    Absolutely Gorgeous, Sweet Kelly Rae,
    Such love and joy and fun.
    All happy for you.
    Love ShannonRose


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