When I was younger, I thought my mom was obsessive about family photos. At a young age, it seemed to be no big deal, just what we did prior to Christmas. As I got older though, I began to wonder why my mom was so crazed about them and would get rather annoyed every time all six of us were told we were doing family photos again.
“Why are we taking family photos AGAIN?”
“Do we seriously have to coordinate?”
“I think we have gotten enough photos mom, can we stop now?”
And then I became a mom.
I never appreciated how important family photos would become as children were born, they began to grow up and the family changed over time. What I viewed as simple photos for Christmas cards were really my mom’s chance to capture the youth of her children. The personality that shows through a toddler. The smiles that change with age. The new additions to the family. It was glimpses into who my mom and dad and the family they created was today and would be in the future. I began to realize why these family photos were so important to my mom and they have become equally as important to me. After a year and a half gap from our last family photos and the children changing so much over that time, I couldn’t resist saying yes when the extremely talented bi-coastal photographer, Vanessa Tierney reached out for a collaboration. Of course I wanted to work with her! Her photos were beautiful and I couldn’t wait to see how she captured our family.
On a Sunday afternoon we headed out to Giracci Vineyards in Silverado Canyon to avoid the typical “beach” photos. We wanted something new and different. When we arrived Vanessa had already scouted out the entire location and selected where we should take our photos. She was warm and welcoming with the entire family and even when my Middle Man’s anxiety set in and he began to throw a tantrum, not taking any photos, Vanessa calming worked through it seamlessly, allowing him to find his moment to warm up and come back in. The kids loved her so much that Baby Girl began to think she was Vanessa’s personal model and we had to tell her to stop posing for the camera. Vanessa was amazing from start to finish.
Every time we do family photos I get nervous that there are not going to be any that I really love. You just never know! Then I saw the proofs and my jaw dropped. Not only did I find some that I really love but I was going to have the hardest time deciding which ones I loved the most! There was just too much goodness.
I could not have been happier with the photos and cannot thank Vanessa enough for the treasures she created. I think I may have our Christmas card done early this year (a first!). And now it is your turn!
The first 10 Juggling in Heels readers to contact Vanessa and schedule a shoot will receive the family session (lasting between 1 and 2 hours) and a DVD with 15 edited images for $500 ($700 value). YEA! Simply complete Vanessa’s online form by clicking here and leave in the message that you are a Juggling in Heels reader. Vanessa will then contact you to schedule your session. Make sure you do it soon too! Not only will those 10 spots be gone but Vanessa will begin to get busy in the Fall as the holidays near. You definitely don’t want to miss out!
Thank you Vanessa for sharing your incredible talent!