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Our family photo session- Portnoy Mania

posted by Kelly

What is the saying, the cobbler’s children have no shoes? Well sadly, this is the truth. The picture taking of our two monkeys is sporadic at best. It is sort of pathetic really. People ask to see pictures of the kids and I sheepishly look away and mumble something about being swamped with wedding photos all the while feeling deeply ashamed. The kids are at such an adorable age. Their emotions run the gamut minute to minute. They say and do the funniest things. Their little bodies have the last few pounds of softness on them and both our kids sport the most amazing gap-toothed smiles only adding to the adorableness. We are thinking of entering them into some whistling contests.

Back in the fall we laid out a plan with our super dooper talented children’s photographer friend, Sara Ernst and her super fly husband Todd, to do a trade out. We did a three part blog series of their awesome shoot back in the fall. Sara was INCREDIBLE at styling them, you must go and check out part 1,2 and 3.

Sara and Todd have become some of our favorite people to hang out with. We laugh ourselves silly and yet have always enjoyed meaty conversations about marriage, family and the Lord. We just love them and can’t say enough about the stellar character of this couple.

We knew she was up for a real challenge with our two gems. Bennett can be fairly cooperative with the camera but Chloe is flat out disinterested in anything having to do with photos. It is beyond frustrating to take photos of them. After 2 years of Bennett being around we still never managed to get one photo of the two of them together. I kid you not. You will see Sara’s brilliance literally emerge through these photographs as she worked her magic and broke through their stubborn disinterest and pulled out some amazing candids and some fabulous posed shots. Enjoy the two greatest things we have ever done.

Not the most enthused about photos being done.

Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

The picture of cooperation.

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slightly better

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Success

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One money shot of both looking and BOTH smiling. It is Portnoy history. I was hoping for one and we got it! Sarah and Cookie the dog on her head were a magical team.

Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

We tried to recreate a picture that Ryan’s brother shot almost three years ago. It is blown up in our house and one of my favorites!

Us

Unfortunately, Chloe managed to be a Class A Poophead and not cooperate. Okay, I’ll admit, it is kinda funny and really adorable.

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Because we can and it is glorious.

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Our Family-Spring 2010

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Time to wrangle them into their next outfit change. As if it wasn’t hot enough.

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I’m going to break you into the cuteness a little at a time.

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Our Family-Spring 2010

Yes, she is 3.5 and her hair is that amazing. This kid is follicley blessed.

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A moment of sharing, this is definitely worth documenting.

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Our Family-Spring 2010

I’m obviously unaware of the next photo. This is the major inside joke between us and Sara. She used to have a Facebook profile picture that was sorta squatted down like this. When we were taking their pictures in the fall Ryan kept leaning down like this taking shots to make them laugh and poke fun at Sarah. His four foot long legs look like a praying mantis so somehow along the way of joking the move got coined as “The Pantis”. Now Sara and Todd refer to us as the Pantis’s. There, now you are in the loop, don’t you feel special?

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Our Family-Spring 2010

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Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

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Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

Love this one of Bennett

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Our Family-Spring 2010

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Our Family-Spring 2010

I have to end with these last two because they make me smile and laugh and thank the Lord I got a girl! She is obsessed with wearing my heels and is amazingly coordinated at wearing them around even on brick!

Our Family-Spring 2010

Our Family-Spring 2010

Sara, I could never do what you do and these were my kids. Your patience, humor and encouragement during the hours we spent together were incredible. You are so insanely dear to us. We love you and Todd so much and look forward to the next double date with you guys. This time, don’t get all dramatic and break your foot again :-)

19 Responses

Candice {The Beautiful Mess} says:

June 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm

so so cute! :) very fashionable too!

jen says:

June 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

oh my goodness, kelly! these are so precious~ This last one of chloe in the heels from behind kills me!!! thanks for sharing!

Sara Ernst says:

June 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

We love ya’ll so much and I promise not to break anything the next time we see each other! If I didn’t have witnesses, no one would believe how totally random and not foot breaking the whole thing looked! Thank you for being an awesome family and thanks for being a darn good lookin’ one too…never hurts! Tell the kiddos that Cookie says hey…that’s only the second time ever that Cookie has made a cameo at a session! I had a funny feeling I’d have to resort to it with Chloe! Love ya!

Loren says:

June 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Thank you so much for sharing these gems! You truly have been blessed with some cutie-pa-tooties.

Phil Tucker says:

June 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Wow, I always enjoy your work… even more so when its a family thang ;) Thanks for sharing!!!

Heather says:

June 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Oh my goodness! These are just too precious. I love the ones with Chloe in your shoes! You two have been blessed with beautiful children - I’m sure the next one will be just as cute. Love it!

Dan says:

June 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Great Pics!! So cute!

Shari says:

June 24, 2010 at 5:26 am

Love Love Love your family portraits!

Lydia says:

June 24, 2010 at 7:28 am

These are WONDERFUL! Sara did such an amazing job with your gorgeous family. Thank you for sharing and blessings as you await #3 - best wishes!

Heather Espana says:

June 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

Oh, HOOOORAY!!! SO fabulous.

Caitie says:

June 25, 2010 at 1:53 am

Such cute kids! And I feel you on the height difference between yourself and your hubby. Mine’s a giant and I’m a smurf.

Amanda says:

June 25, 2010 at 11:12 am

Precious, sweet pictures. You guys are the most adorable family EVER!

Colleen says:

June 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Priceless! Those eyes can melt the moon!

chrissy romine says:

June 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm

holy cow. these are amazing. and you look FINE….as in fi-yi-yi-ne! killer, kel. and yes….i am still jealous of your daughter’s hair. still.

Sunshine Lewis says:

June 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm

sooo awesome. love every single picture!

dikola says:

June 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

While I want a family picture, and ADORE the pictures of your children….I MUST, MUST have a copy of the pic of you in the jean jacket….so beautiful..and I need a Kelly pic displayed at my house.

Clifton Griffin says:

June 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Great stuff.

Your kids are going to be heart breakers.

Charity Torrence says:

July 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Fabulous pictures. I love the one of you by yourself. You are beautiful Kel. Your kiddos are pretty cute too:)

Rog says:

July 14, 2010 at 12:23 am

I love you guys in photos. I want you in some photos. Make use of that sentence however you’d like.

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