the other day i drug the girls out of bed early 
& said, “hey, ya’ll wanna ride down town while i scope out some morning lighting
for an upcoming shoot?”
i had shot several sessions there during sunset but i wanted to see
how everything looked with the lighting flipped.
& by drug out of bed, i mean like …”let’s head out in 10 minutes” kinda drug out of bed.
so one of my girls asked to not be photographed.
not mentioning any names
but “she” may only be in one.
(just didn’t want to look like i was playing favorites. may it never be)
 so they jump through all my little hoops
when i say, go stand there…and now there…
( we actually look very touristy don’t we?
mind you. i’m checking lighting not practicing posing & composition)
most all of these are straight out of the camera.
i edited 3-4 but i’ll be honest
i’m drowning in a sea of my own photos.
photography is such a passion & hobby of mine
& now a means of income
but my own personal photo files are taking over my life.
i love to blog in real time but am finding that mighty hard…
but that’s a story for another day.

obviously a whole lotta horsin’ around & blooper worthy moments 
were made too

the girls know i’m a worry wart & afraid of heights 
so they thought they were being all cute & sassy sitting high above the water on these pillars
when i came around the corner.
har har.

we ended up making friends with this little fella.
he was apologizing that the water fountains weren’t working
& that he used to keys for them all but not “anymore”…
he was mumbly but very sweet.
he asked me to take his photo & then proceeded to give me a very huggy embrace.
sweet fella. think maybe he was homeless
or atleast had a few sips bright & early.
he kinda followed us around for a while and chatted then wandered off…
sweet happy guy. 

i love our city & this view of the skyline
is so fun. almost doesn’t look real, does it?

dare devil up on about a 9 foot high wall.
i woulda made a terrible boy mom.

 thanks guys for always being troopers!
just in case you wonder if they always want to take pictures.
here’s your proof …

July 11, 2012 - 2:21 am

Shannon - Well it certainly looks like it is the perfect spot even in the morning light.
Great pics of the girls and hubby straight outta bed.
Love that last one, it's like pulling teeth to get my 2 little girls to pose for pics. Thank goodness for bribing 😉 Have a great night

July 11, 2012 - 2:37 am

christina - these are such awesome photos! the light is amazing. And Bless that mans heart… He comes to us in many ways, my grandmother used to say… beautiful!

July 11, 2012 - 6:38 am

Whimsy&Life - These are beautiful photos! I'm glad to know your girls sometimes aren't up for pictures too. I have to catch mine in just the right mood. 🙂

July 11, 2012 - 11:12 am

vermonter - I must say I wish I looked that good when I get pulled out of bed unexpected. HA. I can not imagine going to get photographed, however you have a beautiful family to have as models. I am sure when you are busy some days it is the last thing you want to do is blog, it probably seems like it is another job. I admit I am not as dedicated as alot of blogs I read. I love to follow your blog, it brings a smile to my face and you make me a better person. Thanks so much for that.

July 11, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Jboo - Very cool photos of your gang!! Even with a surprise photo shoot — they all look great!! So, what time was it?? 🙂

July 11, 2012 - 1:36 pm

Melissa Marie Head - So fun you have such great photos every day of your kids! Love the photo on the 9 foot wall. Very cool

July 11, 2012 - 3:20 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Hahaha I have a TON of photos like your last one.

July 11, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Tiffany - Oh Paige you have the BEST troopers! My daughter does not like to pose for pictures and turns away often – I keep telling her she will be sorry one of these days when all the pictures we have are of the back of her head! I guess this too shall pass 🙂

Beautiful daughtets – that Madi!

Thanks for always making me smile!

July 11, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Elizabeth Tucker - if your girls look like that within 10 minutes of rolling out of bed… I'm jealous…

Looks like the perfect morning light… which I know nothing about =)

July 11, 2012 - 10:00 pm

Alecia - Love it…love that last pic…hilarious!

July 11, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Anonymous - These are great! Your family looks amazing from being dragged out of bed and so cooperative – my family would not look like yours if I dragged them out! I always like the magical hours of 4-6pm but it is probably too hot by you? Let me know if you have any tips on how to stop drowning in photos that need to be edited!!

July 12, 2012 - 3:55 pm

Kelli - You have some mighty cute troopers and a beautiful setting.