Alrighty, folks! For whatever reason (let’s blame covid19), this post has been months in the making. As you know, I love history, culture, and clothes. It’s a blast to put it all together and re-imagine our family in another time.
With our 1958 home, and our large family, it’s not too much of a stretch to put ourselves back into the 1960s. So, here we go!
As ever, I dressed the kids first, and was scrambling to get myself ready when Nana Karen, our amazing photographer, and Papa arrived. In the interim, the kids put on a show on the patio, and Karen took some cute candids.
What do you do while you wait for the rest of the family to get picture perfect?
You tango, of course!
Finally all in one place! Oh, Eliza. It really is too much to ask for five small children to all look at the camera at the same time. This is as good as it gets, as you will see from the bloopers I will share at the end of this post!
I don’t even mind. Their cute, little expressions are so authentic to their personalities. It can be stressful, in the moment, wondering if any of the pictures will be usable. However, it always works out, and it’s sure entertaining to go through the images and have a laugh.
Speaking of laughing…Eliza’s well of private amusement never runs dry.
I wish I knew her “inner monologue”.
My little koala bear.
This was Annika’s best photo shoot, ever! She is usually NOT in the mood.
Maybe it’s the clothes! There’s just something about those bright, optimistic, ’60s colors.
Speaking of bright colors, can we just stop for a moment and acknowledge the beauty of the bright pink rhododendrons? *Makes a mental note to memorize the spelling of our state flower.*
Emma with the “Plant Pet” she made in my last post.
Two brothers. They look like little princes!
Except, maybe a bit too mischievous.
I should dress them like this, more often! Vintage children’s clothing is much shorter than contemporary fashions. Why have I been covering their cute little legs all this time?
The mister and me. These glasses “age” us a bit, but they really solidify the look!
Shout-out to my sister, Sarah, for Photo Shopping some of my, er, “wardrobe malfunctions”. Can’t take me anywhere!
I can hardly believe that we’ve nearly been married for ten years. Then, I look at our kids and think, “How has it only been TEN YEARS?”.
We squeezed in a couple more pictures in the front yard, since I love my May “purple garden”.
This flower bed is a sea of purple, with lupines, iris, and chives blossoms.
Well, here’s a final look at all of our outfits (except Jeff’s):
And, our last photo all together. I felt awkward standing there without a baby in my arms!
What would a Heminger Family Photo Shoot be without the bloopers? I spend just as much time putting these together as I do the “good” photos…So, enjoy!
Annika is starting to give Eliza a run for her money in the goofy faces department…
…But Eliza is still the QUEEN.
Their powers combined are formidable.
Smile ’til it hurts!
Interpretive bench dance? “Here is your order, sir”? I don’t know what this is, but Annika is dishing up something, here!
In this picture, we find out what she was serving, and it’s pure sass.
This might be the bloopinest blooper of them all. (From this shoot, anyway!) We were only a few pictures in, and Eliza was all ready to “peace out”.
What happens after a photo shoot? Well, everyone is on a sugar high from all the M&M bribes, I mean *rewards* … Anyways…We live right in the heart of town where lots of Jeff’s extended family also resides. So, it was fun, but no surprise that Auntie Lynn happened to drive by and stop with Sophie. PUPPY!!!
I tried to get some cute candids of Annika, but they all look like this!
I couldn’t even get a picture of the boys, if that gives you an idea of how hyper everyone was.
“Okay, Mom. We’re done!”
For past posts on how I prepared for this shoot: