Monday, 28 October 2013

I Must Confess : I Was Worried

We have photos around our home.  In fact, as you turn from the diningroom into the passage to go to the family bathroom, there is a family portrait of us.  I love family portraits.  The problem with our family portrait is that it is over 20 years old !!!  Yes, that is the last time we had any sort of professional take some photos of the three of us together.  We do have quite a few 'happy snaps' from when we have been on holiday but, other than those, we have nothing *hangs head in shame*

But, that all changed a few weeks ago when I read of a special that Aroha from Photography by Aroha was offering - 30 minute slots on Saturday 26th October. I knew it was meant to be because it was a weekend when A was due to be home AND K, who normally babysits every Saturday, wasn't going to be baby sitting as her family were going away on a cruise.  I got in touch and booked our spot - and then promptly forgot about it - until I got the reminder last week from Aroha about it.  Then I told A - who was OK with it - not over the moon, but OK.  Then I told K about it and she was against it - said she wasn't interested until she had lost some weight.  I explained that we would have them done again when we had both lost some weight but I wanted something in the mean time - I wanted some record of us, together, done in a lovely setting by someone who knew what they were doing !!!

And then, when K finally agreed to join us, she reminded me that GC600 was on and Surfers was going to be a mad house.  Luckily we managed to change it to the Botanic Gardens outside of Surfers so all was well with the world (yes, first world problems, I know !!!). 

The next decision to make was what to wear.  Neither of them were fussed but I didn't want us looking like a ragtag bunch of bogans who couldn't even co-ordinate three outfits.  K had made up her mind and wasn't changing for anyone.  A had chosen a check shirt so I didn't want to wear a patterned top - eventually I landed up buying a plain white top which I figured would go with anything. 

We got there and met Aroha and she showed us a couple of places she had chosen for the photos.  She was just lovely - really helping us to relax.  She did battle at times to get K to smile - but I told her not to take it personally - sometimes we all battle to get her to smile !!!!!

On Saturday night we were all at a 21st in Fortitude Valley and I received three photos from the afternoon - A and I thought they were great.  On Sunday morning we received a few more - and we are very happy with them.

I have to confess that I was worried about having my photo taken.  I don't believe that I am very photogenic and being 25kgs over weight certainly doesn't help but there really was nothing to worry about. 

This is one of A and I.  I won't be posting any that have K in them but, they are really lovely as well !!!


Linking in with Kirsty over at My Home Truths for I Must Confess today - why not join in and get anything you need to confess off your chest !

Have the best day !

TFTD : As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind. Sometimes walking away is a step forward.




Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post.  We paid for our session with Aroha and my opinions regarding the photos are just that, my opinion.

34 comments:

  1. That's a really gorgeous photo! You both look great! We had a family shot done earlier in the year through a fund raiser they had at Mr 4's kindy and I was really happy with the way ours turned out too. Haven't managed to blog lately. Too busy! Hopefully I'll get a confession happening before the end of the week. xo

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    1. Thank you Ness !!!! I have been sadly lacking at blogging lately - life just seems to be so busy - and I presume only going to get worse with the horrible C around the corner !!!
      Have a great day !
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  2. That is such a beautiful pic L! hahaha K is a laugh, but I am sure she loves the pics anyway, or WILL at some stage!

    xxx M

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    1. Thanks Meagan - I hope at some point she will look at them and say "You know what, we looked good on those photos" - I can only hope !!!
      Have a fantastic day !
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  3. What a great photo! You look gorgeous! Sometimes you have to let go of the ideals about weight and how you look to get a family shot in the now. You had nothing to worry about with these photos. I hope you've had a great day. :)

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    1. Thanks Bec - that's exactly why I had them done now because I realised that too often I would put off something like this because I wasn't at the right weight, or I was too pale or my hair wasn't right - always some excuse - this time it was a case of being like Nike and Just Doing It !!!
      Have a great week !
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  4. I think you are both very photogenic. Beautiful photos. It is so nice to really see what bloggers look like rather than little squished faces in their gravatars. "Be like Nike. Just do it" is one of my favourite sayings. Glad you got everyone organised to get the photos done.

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    1. Thank you ! It's always good to put a 'proper' face to a name isn't it ?
      Hopefully we can do it all again when we have lost some more weight !!
      Have the best day and thank you for stopping by - if you let me know your blog address, I can pop by and see you there !
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  5. The only photo we have together is one a friend managed to snap sneakily at Mr 4's 1st birthday. I have wanted to get ones done for a while but life just gets in the way!

    The photo of you and A looks great! It's so awesome when you get a photo of yourself that you are happy with.

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    1. That's exactly how we were until I said "OK - I'm just going to organise it" and then we seemed to all find the time to be there !!!!!!
      Thank you and yes you are right - it's great to have some photos of ourselves that we like !!!
      Have a wonderful day !
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  6. Lovely lovely photo, have a great week :)

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    1. Thank you Jackie - have a wonderful day !
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  7. That is such a beautiful photo, relaxed, happy and natural xxx

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    1. Thank you Rae - have the best day !
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  8. What a gorgeous shot! Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Jodi - I hope you have a great day !
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  9. That's a great idea to have a family portrait taken - we've never had one done but I would love to change that. Good on you for getting an updated one AND for getting your family to cooperate as well - well done!

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    1. It's one of those things I have thought about so often - it's just a case of getting it organised. I'm so glad that we did !!
      Good luck with getting yours done - I am sure you won't regret it once you have had them done.
      Have the best day !
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  10. Gorgeous photo and great idea. We have never actually had a family portrait and my eldest is almost 16. Might be time to put that on the Agenda. It could be part of my One New Thing a Week Challenge. You should pop over and link up!

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    1. What a great idea - definitely would fit into your One New Thing a Week Challenge !!!! I'll have a look to see what I can link up with you in the future.
      Have the best day !
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  11. Oh honey I'm so glad you got this done, the photo of you and A is beautiful and you look so relaxed. You've reminding me to keep on Ben about us getting pics done. We don't have any yet with us as a family of five.

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    1. Thank you Trudie - given how long it took us to get ours done, you have plenty of time !!!!! LOL I know you won't regret having them done when you do get them done.
      Have the best week !
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  12. Linda that is such a beautiful photo of you and Al. I've been feeling the need to get an updated one of me and Mr T, possibly with our beautiful grandbabies.

    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thanks Lee-Anne - one with your grandbabies would be awesome.
      Have the best day !
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  13. That is an absolutely lovely shot! you both look great and relaxed.

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    1. Thank you Rita - Aroha made it so easy to relax !
      Have the best day !
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  14. Just beautiful you guys.
    I hate having my photo taken aswell but I desperately want a professional family photo. I was hoping to do it before Christmas but that won't happen now as life is too busy!!

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    1. I really hate having my photo taken so I was really pleased when they turned out as well as they did. Good luck with getting them done after Christmas - hopefully life will return to some sort of nomalcy by then !!!!
      Have the best day !
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    1. Thank you Zita - have a great day !
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  16. What a lovely pic. You will be so thankful you did it in years to come when you smile and recognise how damn gorgeous you are.

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    1. Oh Kelley - you make me laugh so much !!!!! Of all the words I can think of to describe me, gorgeous isn't one of them !!!! But thank you for your kind words !
      Have the best day !
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  17. Everyone has said it... but I will too... Ya look gorgeous... and the hubby.

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  18. Beautiful! Aroha did a fantastic job :-)

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