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.
The picture of cooperation.
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.
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!
Unfortunately, Chloe managed to be a Class A Poophead and not cooperate. Okay, I’ll admit, it is kinda funny and really adorable.
Because we can and it is glorious.
Time to wrangle them into their next outfit change. As if it wasn’t hot enough.
I’m going to break you into the cuteness a little at a time.
Yes, she is 3.5 and her hair is that amazing. This kid is follicley blessed.
A moment of sharing, this is definitely worth documenting.
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?
Love this one of Bennett
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!
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 :-)