We don't invest a lot in professional photography, it's just not where we choose to put our money. The photos I display are snaps I take from our every day life, usually just on my phone. I have several friends who make their living with family photography, so I totally respect the profession and art, and I know it takes real skill to take a great photo. But I generally find myself satisfied with the hundreds of pictures I take, even the blurry ones.
That said, we have very few photos of the whole family other than some crappy selfies when we're goofing around. Unless I want to go to the trouble of setting up a photo shoot for ourselves, I have to rely on someone else's help. So in mid-October, we're scheduled for a 20-minute family photo mini-session, just to get a few good pictures of the three of us and the belly. However, there's been some speculation that I may not still be pregnant then, even though it's 2.5 weeks before my due date. I think it's likely I will still be pregnant, but just in case, I asked my sister to take some photos of us this past weekend. She is not a trained photographer and doesn't even own a camera, but she has a naturally artistic eye, and she used our Canon Rebel.
In fact, I love so many of the "amateur" photos she took, I'm not sure we even need the mini-session anymore!
The focus was to get a few family photos, but she took some of me with Mike, me with Mo, and me solo, too. This pregnancy has been so full of distractions and worries, capturing it fell low on the priority list, so I'm really thankful to have some nice photos by which to remember it.
The Whole Family
Me & Mo
Me & Mike
Me and Baby Tennis
I'm so happy with how these turned out, and there are many more I love, too! Even the less flattering ones are fun.
What does Amy Schumer call it? At-risk chin? I definitely have that!