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Our family consists of Paul/Daddy. He loves his little girls, wife and family more than anything in the world. Velvet (aka MaMa Velvet or Mommy). I'm a photographer and very happy stay at home Mom who can't get enough time with my little ones! Lily (aka Monster or Princess). She's our 12 year old smart, talkative, beautiful young woman who is impressing us everyday! Addison (aka Doo or Addi). She's 8 (almost 9!) artistic, sensitive, lovely young lady who has a quick sense of humor! Scarlett or Bo for short! She's 7, sassy, outgoing, cute as a button and has a passion for a few very select food groups! Finally we have our littlest princess, who has blessed us with her presence until it's time to go home. She's almost 1 and the happiest little baby around! She loves clapping, snuggling, shaking her head no, and laughing at her sisters!

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Usual Faces...

A couple of weeks ago Paul and I had the opportunity to have our portraits taken by one Miss Hannah Robinson of Worlds Apart Photography.
So we ditched the kids for the evening with the Gummy and Papa and went and had some fun!
Hannah took so many beautiful portraits!
Of course, my favorite ones are of Paul and I mocking our childrens faces.
Oh no.
That's not a kid look.

That's a "I love you cause you mock our babies with me look. Now lets make out."
Avert your eyes!!!
I tried to warn you.
He gives irresistible looks.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Get Over it Woman.

I've always hated photos of myself.
In fact, I successfully avoided any and all photos in my family photo album for what looks like close to 3 years.
There are hundreds of photos of my lovely ladies and their amazing father.
None of the awesomeness that is the woman who carried them around for 9 months and provide them with food and boo boo kisses on a daily basis.
I'm sure the main reason for this is because I'm the photographer and am usually the one behind the camera.
Or because I declare that I look like an ugly beast and hide behind anyone or anything within 5 feet anytime a lens is pointed in my general direction.
Take your pick.
Either way, if I were to die in a horrible freak accident (like overdosing on caffeine which in my case is completely possible) my children would never know that they did in fact have a mother who carried them in her womb and loved them even on days when she didn't look her 100% best or kissed their boo boos even when those boo boos happened to be on disgusting feet or right butt cheeks or whom fed them 3-10 meals a day or watched The Lorax 9 times in one week because she didn't care about her own sanity or cleaned up all the cheerios they spilled on purpose or who updated her family blog while a toddler wrestled her hands.
You get the point.
So over this last year I've been doing a little challenge on Instagram.
It's called the 365 challenge and it entails taking 1 self portrait per day for an entire year.
So far I'm 254 days into this challenge and I've (surprisingly) really enjoyed the process.
It's actually taught me a couple of things.
1. I love taking portraits with/near/around my babies.
2. I need to take better care of myself physically, not only for myself but to be an example of health for my children.
3. The little moments are the most important to me.
Maybe all of this has been brought on by my marathon-o-sad-movies I enjoyed the other day.
(Seven Pounds, P.S. I Love You, and Harry Potter anyone?)
(Don't judge me on the Harry Potter.)
Sad movies aside, I want my children to have memories of me.
Physical memories that they can look back on and remember fondly.
I want them to have photographs of us having fun together.
Laughing, smiling, loving one another.
I guess this whole post is just to remind myself (and anyone else whom avoids the camera) to jump in on those moments.
No one will care that you looked like a hot mess while you were camping.
All they'll see is that you had an awesome time with your family and that you were THERE.
Your family loves you just the way you are.
(Thank you Mr. Harriot for this awesome puffy faced, no shower, early morning, 2 nights camping, covered in everything photo and forcing me to be in it.)
(Also thank you for my lovely little ladies.)

Friday, September 14, 2012

She Talks.

Getting all nostalgic on you this afternoon.

My little Scarlett said 'sticker' today.

HOW did this happen?

Wasn't this just yesterday?!

Time sure does fly when you're raising littles.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


The progression of a Scarlett "Cheese"...
I love the snot out of this kid.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Plethora O' Addison

You may or may not have noticed that a lot of my posts have been about my middle little recently.
I do have a reason.
It's not because she's my favorite.
Most of the time.
She's the only little that will willingly pose for me for more then 1 shutter click.
No joke!
Lily here's 1 click and declares she's done.
Scarlett hears one click and screams till I show her the picture or let her push the button herself.
Addison moves to her next "cute" pose.
So here she is again.
Rocking all her best sides!
She's such a ham.
I'm loving it!
Don't forget to get your family photos done this season.
Or senior photos.
Or couple photos.
Or whatever other photos you may wanna get!
I'm running a special over at www.VelvetFlarePhotography.blogspot.com!
I promise I'll only mention it on here like...
18 more times.
You're welcome.