Matt, Danielle, and MJ

This little grandson of mine is now 19 months old so it was time for some new family portraits. Danielle wanted “old wood and tall grass” so I tried to deliver. The little fellow wasn’t so much into pictures as he was the rocks, glass, dirt, bugs, and anything else he shouldn’t have, so when we were in a safe place, we let him play and I took pics of his folks or him just doing what kids like to do – explore. Whether he’s smiling or not, he’s adorable so it’s always a win-win for me. Danielle bought her cute little dress for a killer price, and MJ wore an outfit she bought at a garage sale before he was born. It’s not a look I generally see him wear, but I quickly became a fan.

The following is a look Danielle says she sees often lately. When she asks him a question he answers with “yah” then often has this face. It kind of goes with his wild, wind-blown hair don’t you think?

Danielle was a natural and let me work on “senior poses” throughout the photo shoot. Matt not so much.

Sometimes daddies just have to take one for the team and pretend that grass really tickles.

And sometimes the photographer and the mommy just have to let someone else be the leader once in a while.

And sometimes stomping out the competition (your shadow) can be serious business.

Is there a future “city-slicker” under that hat?


Exploring is sometimes a messy job, but someone has to do it!

We found a treasure-trove of old cars and trucks at the end of an old road. Oops, turned out to be a turn-around into someone’s property. We were waiting for the junkyard dog to come running after us but we got out safe with a cool picture or two. Danielle was such a good sport climbing through the brush and old stuff. She wore those boots well and really “cow-girled up!”

The guys were tired of poses and photography so sat down to talk about their next move. Maybe some football later on, or building fence together. Of course there’s always basketball, sharing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or just hanging out together. They do that well these two. Love that. Love, love, love.

As for you, I’d love to hang out some time snapping memories of your family together. The above post shows the variety of poses and treatments you could receive with the hour-and-a-half session. If interested, please read “Portrait Opportunities” and consider giving me a call. I would love the opportunity of seeing what new things we can explore together!

Megan - June 7, 2011 - 7:35 AM

These are so awesome- totally worth the long drive to get them. I love the shading and b/w with pieces of color you did- I can’t WAIT to see how great ours turn out!!

Linda Johnston - June 7, 2011 - 9:31 AM

These pictures are awesome!! Of course it helps to have such photogenic subjects. What a beautiful little family. Now, Mary, lets see what you can do with my bunch of cutie patooties (be warned, the parents and grandparents will be a little more challenging). Can’t wait to see the Gerich’s cuteness. - June 7, 2011 - 9:48 AM

Thank you Linda! I told Danielle I took too many pictures to which she said in an e-mail “I’m sorry we are such a cute family with such amazing talent… guess we should start charging people to take our pictures ;)” (News flash: I think I already DO pay to take their pictures … which you know I love, love, love and love to do.) Megan and Robby are next – this Thursday so I’ll post those next week after camping. As for your upcoming photo shoot, no worries. You could be blinking and noone will even notice with all of your cute grandkids in the picture. Oh wait! You WILL be blinking. We need to work on that.

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

shayna - June 7, 2011 - 7:10 PM

Love the one of MJ behind the wheel and also the next one of his profile while laughing. The big people are pretty cute too 🙂

Your Man - June 7, 2011 - 7:11 PM

What good looking kids we have .not to mention the cutiest grandkid. As usual you did a great job. Must be kind of easy thou knowing they come from good stock! Love ya.

Aubrey Archuleta - June 7, 2011 - 9:05 PM

Wow! SLAY ME. That baby is so cute & wowsers Matt better keep good tabs on Danielle, she’s HOT! Nice work “Guy” 😀 - June 7, 2011 - 10:49 PM

See why I want to push the “pause” button on MJ. Cute kid … looks just like his pretty momma. Thanks for all the nice comments everyone.

Laura Higgs - June 8, 2011 - 4:38 PM

Awesome. Love love the color. Danielle looks like a model. It looks like the pictures that come in the frame.

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