Fridays with Fin :: Family Photo Shoot

We recently had our family photos taken by the lovely Jenny Duffy, of Jenny Duffy Photography. I was worried about our photos this year because my previous photographer and friend, Tracie, of {tsj} photography, had gotten up and moved on me! She had taken every photo of Fin since he was in the womb! So what was a girl to do... well, one of my amazing neighbors {I live on a really great block with lots of young mamas} offered to have a "photography party" when her talented sis-in-law, Jenny, was going to be in town, for all the families on the block. How awesome is that! We even got a little "froupon" {friend + groupon} rate, as we signed up for a time slot on the weekend.

Our shoot didn't start out with a "happy Fin" {check out the scowl on the pics to the left}, but somehow Jenny managed to capture our family beautifully...
I am always amazed by good photographers who can pull off shooting gorgeous pics of a TODDLER!! That is some serious hard work, and Jenny wowed us with her skillz! We loved how our family photos turned out in front of our house...
We had to pull out all the tricks with Fin to make him happy for the camera. We started with his tricycle... The pic on the right is my absolute favorite! He may look a little "cheesy" but that is my Finny to a T! Thanks for capturing, Jenny! :) {Yes, Scott, aka my biggest Fridays with Fin Fan, these are the pics of Matthew and me frolicking lovingly in front of your house!}
Next, we got out the wagon! I love the idea of a non-portrait shoot. This is real life. Mom and dad doing all we can to put a smile on our kid's face! ;)
The wagon proved to be pure success... These next pics are my "second favorites"!
 Love that boy and his rosy cheeks!
A little game of "on your marks, get set, go!" helped bring on some smiles too!
Love my family... AND the baby girl growing in my belly... {yes, as a woman, I had to put that in so you'd not judge the "pooch" too much!}
 All boy...
What a great experience we had with our new photographer! I wish she lived closer to us {she's in Michigan}. We might have to see if we can work out another photography party for next year! ;) Check out her blog, too. She writes about her family, her beautiful faith and the photos she takes!

Merry Christmas everyone! Here's our holiday card we sent out this year, two of my favorite photos...


  1. Absolutely adorable, Nellie! That Mr. Fin is such a doll! I miss you guys! Merry Christmas!!

  2. In LOVE!!!!!!!!!! That is all I have to say! You look GREAT Nellie! I can't wait to see you soon!
    What a STUNNING fam. Can't wait to see the new addition.

    Love you!

  3. Those are so awesome! Your family is the cutest!!

  4. Nellie, been meaning to send you a note saying congrats on your pregnancy and so excited you are having a girl! Fin is adorable, and you have a beautiful family!

    Love to you all this Christmas (as I didn't do cards!) Hopefully I will get to see you soon!

    Love Lisa Mahnke

  5. I visited Jenny's blog. Loved it and her testamony. She most definitely captured my precious daughter and Matthew and Finley. How I love doing ready,set,go with him. Can't wait to see you guys.

  6. I LOVE these photos! Seriously adorable and a perfect reflection of your gorgeous family! Loved your card cute!! I want in on the next froupon! :-)

    Merry Christmas to you and Matthew and Mr. Finny!!!

  7. Katie Gibbons29 December, 2011

    So flipping cute! I want to see more preggers pictures! :)