Central Park

April 28, 2009

The family pictures in Central Park turned out beautifully. Candice Stringham, the photographer, was incredible. Lots of patience. Great style. Flexible. A delight to work with. If you’re in New York — or anywhere near New York — book her right away. For reals.

I know preparing for a family portrait can be stressful. What will everyone wear? Will the kids behave? Will I look hot? : ) Leading up to our photo shoot, there were several times I was tempted to cancel — we’re just so busy right now. But I am beyond happy that I have these photos now. What a treasure for our family! Worth every bit of time and effort.

And I can’t even put into words how wonderful it was to spend an afternoon-with-perfect-weather in our beloved park before the big move. I’m going to get all weepy just thinking about it.

By the way, you should totally check out this photo series by Candice — so charming!

Edit: Thanks for all the great feedback! Per your requests, there is a post about how the shoot and the wardrobe came together here.







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1 LeLo April 28, 2009 at 6:18 am

WOW ! How beautiful. Congratulation.

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2 DeeRoo April 28, 2009 at 6:23 am

Perfect weather…
Beautiful colors…
Priceless memory…

…and many more to come!:)
Regards

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3 Kaila April 28, 2009 at 6:35 am

Love, Love, LOVE the pictures!

By the way, how did you come up with what to wear for pictures? I’m so over the matching white T’s.

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4 robin k April 28, 2009 at 6:44 am

Lovely, Gabby!

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5 Ana April 28, 2009 at 6:53 am

Love the pictures. The flowers on the girls outfit are so addorable. The outfits of all the family works well together, you could really see the thought that went into it. Now, I just got inspired to have five children :)

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6 Jessica April 28, 2009 at 6:56 am

What an extraordinary way to capture your beautiful family. You all look wonderful! The colors are stunning and your shoes are hot!

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7 mymomshops April 28, 2009 at 7:01 am

Gabi- these photos are phenomenal. What an amazing keepsake of NYC for your family. Love the kids’ outfits, too. Best of luck with the move!

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8 Kari April 28, 2009 at 7:02 am

Wow. Those pics are stunning. So much for the subtle matching colors advice. This is so much more fun!

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9 Kate@ Kids and Cocktails April 28, 2009 at 7:03 am

Love the pictures! Did y’all take some of just the two of y’all? I also hope y’all did some with y’all and each kid individually. Goodness, now I want a big ol’ family! It gives a whole new meaning to family photos. It looks like a Cookie magazine spread.

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10 wide open spaces April 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

such a perfect goodbye gift to give your family.

I am over the moon about these photos and about your BEAUTIES. wowza.

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11 Jeanette Mc. April 28, 2009 at 7:15 am

I can’t stand how cute it is – it looks like a catalog shoot. Adorable, just too gosh darn adorable for words! I did notice everyone has something red on except your husband – was that on purpose?

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12 Christy April 28, 2009 at 7:21 am

What lovely photos! I’d also love to know how you decided what everyone should wear. Did the photographer help with that? Or was it all you?

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13 That's Ms. Amy to You... April 28, 2009 at 7:23 am

Those are fantastic shots & the outfits are spot on. I love that you got as far away as possible from the standard "twin dressing" of family pictures (denim, khaki, white shirt – or some variation therein).

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14 Katie @ goodLife {eats} April 28, 2009 at 7:39 am

How great!

I love the clothes everyone is weather. You all look great…and definitely achieved your desire for looking hot. Way to go on cool family pictures!

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15 Kate Coveny Hood April 28, 2009 at 7:40 am

Beautiful!

Question for you – where did you get Olive’s sandals? I need something like that for my daughter. She can’t wear sandals that expose her toes as she’s not the most graceful of two year olds yet…and I don’t want her to spend the summer with bloody toes!

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16 Molly April 28, 2009 at 7:51 am

These pictures look like they could be right out of a JCrew catalog – lovely:)

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17 kelly lautenbach April 28, 2009 at 7:52 am

What a treasure… and you’re right about Candice she IS amazingly talented. :) Love that you took the time to get those memories in photographs. Good luck with your move!

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18 Karin S April 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

What a wonderful memory of your time in NYC. I love the kids eating their cupcakes. Priceless!

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19 elk April 28, 2009 at 8:01 am

oh the details…the stress…the joy!!

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20 Sylvia {+ Mark} April 28, 2009 at 8:03 am

Such beautiful photos, beautiful day, beautiful family. Best of luck with the move. Sad {so sad} and exciting at the same time!

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21 chloe's mom April 28, 2009 at 8:04 am

Amazing! The color combinations are PERRfect! Loving Ralph’s shoes! So great that you’ll have these forever!

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22 Deb April 28, 2009 at 8:07 am

Beautiful photos that you will cherish forever!!

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23 paula April 28, 2009 at 8:16 am

beautiful!

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24 Design Mom April 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

Thank you, Lovelies, for the nice comments. I’m in the throes of boxing things up, but I’ll get a follow-up post up to respond to some of the recurring queries.

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25 Sarah April 28, 2009 at 8:34 am

These are so beautiful. I love the colors!

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26 LobotoME April 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

they are beautiful and the colors for the outfits are great! J :)

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27 Haydee April 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

WOW those are gorgeous. Looking at those makes me homesick for NY too. I hope you all love Colorado. I’m sure you’ll make the best of it.

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28 Tricia April 28, 2009 at 8:51 am

these are amazing. i love how colorful they are. i would def be calling this photographer if we werent so far away!!

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29 Barchbo April 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

Gorgeous! Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!

I love these photos.

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30 Lynnette April 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

Candace Stringham?!? Boy I am jealous. These are absolutely wonderuful, and you all look AMAZING. Great job on all the outfits!

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31 megan russell April 28, 2009 at 9:10 am

re so wonderful. fabulous choice of wardrobe palette.

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32 Pumpkin Petunia April 28, 2009 at 9:15 am

Love everything about these shots! Perfect!!!

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33 Heather April 28, 2009 at 9:16 am

Those are adorable! I love the primary colors you chose to wear…it makes the photos really pop!
Good luck on your move!

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34 emily April 28, 2009 at 9:24 am

Gabrielle, those are AMAZING. Like, UHHHH-MAZING. How did you think to put all those outfits together? You look stunning and everybody looks so good together. I am now desperate for family photos half as great as yours.

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35 m e l April 28, 2009 at 9:25 am

Those are beautiful pictures!!

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36 another amy April 28, 2009 at 9:27 am

These pictures are fantastic! I love the bright colors in your clothes. So cute.

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37 kirsten April 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

Such a lovely family, vivid colors, special places…what a treasure to have these photos.

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38 e. rene April 28, 2009 at 9:34 am

wow. what an inspiration for unique, fun photos.

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39 Katie April 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

You guys look like a jcrew/crewcuts ad! FANTASTIC!

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40 Kate McNeil April 28, 2009 at 9:44 am

Wow, just wow! Talk about a magazine spread! Your kids are ADORABLE. Great choices on the outfits.

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41 Kathy April 28, 2009 at 9:47 am

Wow. They are perfectly lovely. Priceless.

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42 tracy April 28, 2009 at 9:54 am

these are amazing! wow- i love the color, and you have such a lovely family! so sweet. definitely family pictures sure to be treasured!!! thank you for the smile and inspiration! all good cheer

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43 dana April 28, 2009 at 10:04 am

Oh these are beautiful and turned out perfect. Wonderful photographer, adorable subjects, and great location. Good luck with your new home and surroundings!

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44 Jackie April 28, 2009 at 10:07 am

These are so beautiful- the colors are great- the outfits work wonderfully together! What a gorgeous family!

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45 liz stanley April 28, 2009 at 10:31 am

oh my goodness. so cute and LOVE the outfits you picked out for everyone!

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46 ScrappyTime.com April 28, 2009 at 10:32 am

the colors in all of the outfits really make these pictures over the top amazing! I had to wear denim matching shirts with my siblings during a photoshoot when i was younger, how tragic! :) your family is beautiful in these photos!

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47 Leslie April 28, 2009 at 10:37 am

gorgeous!! love the colors in the outfits.

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48 Kelly April 28, 2009 at 10:46 am

What a great idea! I love the photographs of your lovely family. Your color pallet is fantastic, your kids are adorable & you look hot! Best of luck on your move.

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49 Kjersten April 28, 2009 at 10:59 am

Gabby your family is beautiful and those pictures are amazing.

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50 Kathleen at Twig and Thistle April 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

OMG! Seriously the most stunning family portraits I have ever seen!!! I ADORE the editorial look of these photos and your family looks fantastic! Congratulations and best of luck during your move!

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51 Kathy T. April 28, 2009 at 11:05 am

I agree with everyone. I have to comment on the first picture, it looks like you and your younger son have angel wings (the arches behind you).

Amazing pics! Cute fam!

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52 Joslyn April 28, 2009 at 11:05 am

these are perfection gabby! i love how you dressed everyone.

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53 Allison aka HaselBride April 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

Absolutely fabulous! I’d be thrilled to have such stylish family photos.

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54 Anne April 28, 2009 at 11:18 am

gorgeous, so special! they will look so beautiful in your new home. :)

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55 Gabby's sister April 28, 2009 at 11:22 am

I just talked with Gab. The movers are at the house and she can’t get to her computer right now.

She has plans to answer all your questions in a future post.

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56 edith April 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

Beautiful pictures! The colors are so vibrant, love it. And how you got 5 kids standing in one line, amazing! I have 2 and it’s impossible. :)

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57 joolee April 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

I ADORE your kids’ outfits! Beeeee-autiful pictures!

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58 chelsea April 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

um. adorable! you all look straight out of a jcrew/crewcuts catalog:)

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59 JENNIE! April 28, 2009 at 11:55 am

great pictures, and perfect clothes!

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60 eimrek April 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm

These are so amazing! What a beautiful, fun family you have. This seems like a tradition maker: Pick a favorite park from your city and take family pictures. You can see your family grow and remember favorites as you move!

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61 Heather April 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

These are gorgeous and checked out Candice’s site, WOW! Who chose the outfits, love them!

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62 Jen April 28, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Beautiful pictures – the colors are so vivid!

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63 Bri April 28, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Like everyone else, I love the COLORS! I usually prefer black & white for family photos, but in this case, you've got to show off the great colors.

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64 LoGunns April 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

They are beutiful pictures!

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65 Michelle April 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Gorgeous and amazing!! Thanks for sharing…

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66 Scribbit April 28, 2009 at 12:56 pm

My favorite part is how you’re all wearing different bright colors–I get so tired of the cliche “all wearing white” or “all wearing denim” family portraits–emphasize that individuality. Love it.

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67 Aimee Friedrich April 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm

awww, such great pictures!

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68 Autumn April 28, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Terrific family pics!!

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69 Kiasa April 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

those are absolutely fantastic! I am in love with Olive’s huge red flower!

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70 pam April 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm

priceless.

i’ve been a follower of your blog for a little bit. good luck on your move! my husband and i moved cross-country last year from atlanta to seattle. it’s taken me a bit to settle in to the pacific northwest, but love it. pam

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71 naomi megan. April 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

adorable! candice is so fun to work with (i did the brooklyn bridge umbrella shoot with her).

and your kids outfits rock this world!!!

xo

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72 Heidi April 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm

What gorgeous family photos! Really makes me wonder why my photographer always insists on neutral solids. And you look hot! Always my first concern too. :)

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73 Heather B. April 28, 2009 at 1:40 pm

The colors in the clothing along with the sunshine (not to mention the gorgeous family) are what make these photos perfect.

Really great photos, Gabby.

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74 Laurie April 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

WOW! They turned out amazing. I’m loving how colorful everyone looks.

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75 Boston Mamas April 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Oh G, what a gift these photos are — beautiful, reflective of the city… just lovely. Thinking of you as your date approaches! xoxo christine

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76 lyndsey April 28, 2009 at 2:17 pm

could these BE any cuter?? love the colors. the kids look like something out of a louisa may alcott book or something. what a great way to commemorate your lives in ny!

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77 Susan April 28, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Oh these are so lovely! Now I’m all inspired to do family photos here, too — thank you for sharing!!!

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78 Anonymous April 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

That first picture looks like you have angel wings Gabrielle.

Have a safe move!

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79 Apryl April 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Did she use film? The colors look so beautiful & non-digital!

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80 Mixing Bowl Mama April 28, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Oh my gosh…the colours!! I can’t get over how great the colours are in that first photo. I love all of your outfits (especially the one you are wearing) and I think it’s the most wonderful idea to have family photos done that way.

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81 .caroline armelle. April 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm

absolutely love your outfits!
these turned out beyond great!

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82 Emily April 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Gabrielle, they turned out great! The color placement is fantastic. By the way, you do look hot. Your hair looks great! I know what a pain it can be because it belongs to me as well. Good luck with the move!

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83 Emily April 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Those are great shots! You have such a lovely family.

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84 ellen April 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I can’t stand it. The pictures are AWESOME!!! New York’s loss in Denver’s gain. We’ll miss you out here on the east coast.

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85 nicole April 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm

The colors are truly inspiring…so happy and uplifting…before the teenage years of black and greys!

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86 Kristi April 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I love that you’re all wearing bright colors. Nobody does that in NYC – especially Manhattan area. Yay for you! The pictures are stunning and so fun!

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87 rockabyedad April 28, 2009 at 3:55 pm

absolutely love the photos. you’ve inspired me to share shots of my 3 week old! :)

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88 se7en April 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm

These photo’s are so divine! What a beautiful moment in time and unforgettable memories!

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90 RT April 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

I love the bright colors and the various positions you stood in for the shoot! The shots are beautiful and your family is so cute.

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91 she April 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm

oh no, are they standing on books?! :(

by the way, i love your shoes!

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92 Chris April 28, 2009 at 5:33 pm

oh my goodness– I love the colors of your beautiful family.

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93 Miranda April 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Lovely family you have there. And you look GORGEOUS. I adore all of the color! Congratulations on such a beautiful shoot.

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95 UK lass in US April 28, 2009 at 6:42 pm

They turned out great – I love the bench shot

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96 Adventures In Babywearing April 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Gabrielle, these are perfect! I love the colors. Wow.

Steph

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97 Marla Taviano April 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Oh my word. These are stunning.

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98 whoorl April 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Oh, the colors are fabulous. Beautiful photos and a BEAUTIFUL family!

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99 Chelly April 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Happy moving! The pics look great. I can’t wait to hear about you came to the style decisions. I love how the colors played out. Seriously I’m going to remember that when it’s time for new family photos.

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100 Kim April 28, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Oh my stars, these are the most precious family photos I’ve ever seen! Wonderfully done!

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