Show & Tell: my friend captures my family

by Lori Lavender Luz on May 25, 2008

in Family,Show & Tell

Thanks for stopping by during Mel‘s weekly Show & Tell tour. When you’re done here, click on over to see what the rest of the class has to offer. And get yourself on the tour, too!

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Not long ago, I posted about my real-life friend, Mary Beth, and her burgeoning talent in photography. She blogs here and she photo-blogs here.

I asked her via that post if she would take our annual portraits, which have always been tortuous days of cowlicks, ketchup stains, ill-timed grumpiness, and asynchronous smiles.

Graciously, Mary Beth didn’t even make me say “pretty please.” Instead, she invited us to her Secret Beautiful Place and gave a Sunday afternoon to us. Here’s a sample of what she captured. (I’ve chosen fairly anonymous shots, due to an agreement I have with my husband about the limits of my blogging.)

Tessa had just had her birthday mani-pedi.

The Casual Perfectionist has turned me on to shadow pix.
At the right time of day, they make you look 10 pounds lighter!
Reed had a minor cactus mishap. He’s picking needles out of his socks.
Me and my Tessa.
Toot, toot, tootsies, goodbye.

If you thought these were impressive, you should see the shots with faces. MB is a lady of immeasurable talent. I’m so glad that this year we broke the bonds of chain store portraits and entrusted our moment in time with her.

Now go on over to Mel’s Show & Tell for more of this week’s display.
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The Casual Perfectionist April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Those are great; I love them!! (And, you didn’t even have to figure out how to hide the shadow of the camera in your shadow portrait!!) Mary Beth does awesome work. :)

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DC April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

These photos (and your children) are gorgeous! Glad I found your blog. My husband and I are in the early stages of adoption.I’m a brand-new blogger, so please stop by and say hello if you get a chance.http://lupuspie.blogspot.com

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momofonefornow April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Those are great pics. I particularly like the idea of the shadow picture. Very cool indeed.

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Vee April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love your pics, the lighting is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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luna April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

what gorgeous pix! thanks for sharing.

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Vee April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love your pics, the lighting is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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luna April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

what gorgeous pix! thanks for sharing.

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Io April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love the one with you and Tessa. They are all beautiful.

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Denise April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Beautiful pix! Thanks for sharing.

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Amy April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love those – especially the shadow ones! What a great idea!

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chicklet April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love these pics, particularly that you have body parts pics. The husband and I often do shadows, hands, feet – it’s kinda fun.The tessa and you one though is my fave.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love the pictures–especially the one of the two of you in that high grass. They are so gorgeous. And artistic! Not the bland photos you get in the studio that don’t show the personality of the family.

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Antigone April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

No foot fungus. No hangnails. No beer bellies. Why do you guys have to be so d@mn perfect?

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In Due Time April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Cute Pics! :-)

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HeidiM April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Wonderful pictures! Makes me want to visit the entire exhibit!

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Io April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love the one with you and Tessa. They are all beautiful.

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Denise April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Beautiful pix! Thanks for sharing.

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Amy April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love those – especially the shadow ones! What a great idea!

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chicklet April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love these pics, particularly that you have body parts pics. The husband and I often do shadows, hands, feet – it’s kinda fun.The tessa and you one though is my fave.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love the pictures–especially the one of the two of you in that high grass. They are so gorgeous. And artistic! Not the bland photos you get in the studio that don’t show the personality of the family.

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Antigone April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

No foot fungus. No hangnails. No beer bellies. Why do you guys have to be so d@mn perfect?

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Kymberli April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Those pics are gorgeous! Sadly, we’ve never had family portraits taken. That’s something I definitely need to get on the ball with, and I’d be a lot more eager to do it if I had a friend as great a photographer as yours! Lovely family!

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DC April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Lori – Thank you so much for the comment on my blog! I hope we can stay in touch. :)

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Mrs. Spit April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Wow, those are great.

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Suzanna Catherine April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

How sweet! Lovely pictures. Your friend is an amazing talent!

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Kymberli April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Those pics are gorgeous! Sadly, we’ve never had family portraits taken. That’s something I definitely need to get on the ball with, and I’d be a lot more eager to do it if I had a friend as great a photographer as yours! Lovely family!

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DC April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Lori – Thank you so much for the comment on my blog! I hope we can stay in touch. :)

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Jamie April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Your family pictures are incredible!! And nothing like my family’s Olan Mills pics from the 80′s! Hmmmm . . . now that might be a good piece of show and tell . . .I don’t know you, but she seems to have really captured personality and not just pasted on smiles (ala Olan Mills). Beautiful!

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Those are wonderful! And you are gorgeous.

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beagle April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Fantastic photos! Much better than any studio poses.

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Alyson and Ford April 7, 2010 at 12:04 am

Wonderful photos! I love the skinny shadows! I must remember to take pictures of our feet and hands. A different look at our lives.Alyson LID 01/27/06 IA China

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