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*MY* FAMILY PHOTOS

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I don't know if you've noticed, but most photographers don't like to have their photos taken. I'm no exception. I've never loved having my photo taken but especially the last 4 or 5 years I've come to dread it because of the weight I've gained. I'm easily 30 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight (with both kids) and every photo I see reminds me of how different I look. You know how most people think they are bigger than they are? I'm the opposite; I look in the mirror and still see traces of the athlete I used to be. It's not until I see myself in a photo that I realize how huge I've gotten.

Because of that, I've put off having family photos taken for the past 4 years (the last time we had them done). I wanted to lose weight/get in shape/etc and THEN we could do family photos. But after watching several bar & bat mitzvah slideshows at receptions the past few months, I've come to realize that it's not how I look in the photos but the fact that I'm in them. I don't want to look back in 20 years and wonder why I'm not in any of the photos with my kids and husband. And what if I never lose the weight? What if I end up being this weight forever? Then I've wasted all that time.

So I called Megan. If you've done business with Anna Elliott Photography, then you've most likely spoken to Megan. I call her my assistant but she's more than that; she's a friend, too. She does all the scheduling for my sessions and she does a fantastic job. She's also a photographer and she was, of course, the person I turned to to take my family photos.

I love what she captured. This one of me and the kids? With Jack is hanging off of me and Kate peeking up over my shoulder? And my mouth wide open? My hands down favorite photo (maybe ever) of us. It's one of those moments that captured exactly how I felt and I treasure it. It's definitely going in the bar/bat mitzvah slideshows.

She posted a bunch more over on her site, so head over there and check them out: Megan Evans Photography.