Remember when I said that you should probably get used to seeing my family in the countdown? Or something to that effect anyway. So yeah...I was pretty serious about that. Those of you that may get sick of seeing pics of them you should probably consider yourselves fortunate. There were more family pictures that didn't make it into the countdown that could have easily bumped a photo or two. Just imagine if this was a top 100 instead of only 32?
Anyway, it should be obvious why this photo is here. Now that I think about it this is the most recent professional picture I have of my three children. I really should have many more of them. However, it's difficult to do when Elijah and Mariah live so far away in Dallas. That's why I made sure to make the most of it when they are in town no matter how brief it may be.
This one came about because they were going to be passing thru Des Moines on their way to Cedar Rapids. It was earlier this year in March. I can't even remember what the trip was for that their mom had planned for them but the timing was pretty fortuitous. It also happened that Mom and Dad would be in town during the same time. I was going to be able to spend a few hours with the kids before they left and they would get to see my folks at the same time.
The minute I found out the schedule I made it a point to reserve the IKONIX studio. I wasn't about to pass up the perfect opportunity to get some first rate photos of the shorties together. I didn't know when such an opportunity would ever present itself again. At least in a studio setting. Which reminds me that it was also another occasion that mad props are owed to IKONIX owner Tom Woolery. It turned out that Elijah and Mariah arrived to town a little late. Tom was okay with me starting a little later than scheduled. It only worked out because no one had the studio scheduled after me but it was still nice of him to be flexible.
This particular family shoot yielded a ton of great pictures. Yes I know you have noticed that familiar theme in a lot of these single digits in the countdown. Now you see why it was so difficult to narrow down the final spots. In this case, it was because it was more than must the group shot you see here. There also a great shot which included the shorties PLUS Mom, Dad and myself. It was actually a decent picture of me. However, I just wanted more of the focus to be on the kids at this particular spot.
These three always take such great pictures together. I think it's more than just the fact that they're all so photogenic. I've come to realize that there's a certain energy that contributes to their collective photo-taking as well. It's the fact that they don't get to see each other that often because of that horrible distance. Therefore, when they get together you see this smile on G's face that is the most genuine one he ever has. He finally gets to be with his older sister and brother. At that particular moment all is right in the world for him. I know exactly how he feels...