Last Saturday we did our first ever family pictures as a party of five. I failed on getting my act together to do a maternity shoot or newborn pics (#momfail) so I was determined this year to do something I never have before and get a christmas card out to the world to show them our three blessings.

I knew not to expect a lot from my family, lol. Being 100% honest here, Dino and Jay hate taking pictures and usually it takes a lot of convincing. I gave everyone the speech about sucking it up and acting like they love each other for an hour. Just smile so mommy can have her pictures.

The last two times we have had family pictures done the weather has been freezing. Nervous about it being December but still pretty mild I planned our outfits accourdingling and hoped for the best. It ended up being in the high 70’s that morning and of course everyone complained they were hot. I swear I can not and will not ever win this battle with the weather.

One thing I love about living so close to downtown Dallas is all the different murals. Did lots of research and settled on this amazing location “The Abstract Sunset Wall” (2606 Swiss Ave, Dallas, TX 75204). The different colors were amazing, the mural is HUGE, and we actually got a great picture on the side of the building as well so don’t discount that!

The photo shoot did not go super smooth (thanks Jay & Max), but what did was working with Natalie Imhoff Photography. I could not be more in love with this girl. We’ve known each other forever, long time family friends. She’s a mom of two boys and she just ‘gets’ it. She worked with Jay and his inability to put down his legos. She somehow managed to get a picture of Max not screaming his head off and even the pictures he where he was screaming, she still made those look good. Her and Sophia are apparently best friends now, and she was calm cool and collected the entire time, when at times Dino and I were not.

Here are some of the pictures she did! Our Christmas card is going to look amazing!

Natalie, thank you again for always dealing with our chaos and finding a way to make our ‘mess’ look amazing.

If your DFW local please check her out HERE!


Clothing Credit: Sophia (Old Nay Dress, Target leggings, Nordstrom Boots); Jay (Old Navy Sweater, Gap Karate Jeans, Nike Shoes – no point trying to get this kid out of these shoes.); Max (Old Navy Shirt & Shoes, Carters Jeans); Me (Target Dress – $8!!, Corso Como shoes) 


Rachael Tapper