Family Photos

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A few weeks ago, Sarah from Modern Kids Photography came to our home to shoot a family photo. We just got the results back and I’m so pleased with how they turned out! I had a hard time narrowing down the images to share with you.

Something fun: instead of shooting with a digital camera, Sarah decided to use film. I asked Sarah about it and she said, “These images were shot on a Contax 645. This is a medium format film camera that makes lovely negatives — about twice the size of 35mm film. The bigger the negative the prettier the results — typically. ;) I love film because the process is slower and makes me more thoughtful when shooting. I also loves the beautiful skin tones achieved with film.”

I’m pleased with the skin tones too! There is one of Baby June (2nd thumbnail, last row) where she is simply radiant and I want to eat her up.

If you’re looking for a great photographer of kids, I highly recommend Sarah. My children adored her and even insisted she stay for dinner! Sarah lives in San Francisco but photographs all over the US (and sometimes Europe). If you’re interested in a film shoot, reserve her quickly, because she only offers a limited number of film shoots per year. Want to see more of Sarah’s work? You can find her on Pinterest and on her blog too.

P.S. — Do you like the French Greys we wore? I’ll share all the sources in another post.

161 thoughts on “Family Photos”

  1. Your family photo is absolutely gorgeous. I love the grey tones of the clothing. What a treasure this will be for generations to come. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Oh my goodness. Now can we borrow your place to take the photos too?
    They turned out beautiful, and I love love the candid shots she took.
    Loving your hair too!

  3. these are so lovely. and all i can think when i see the ones of just ralph is “when he becomes a famous movie maker he’s going to have all these awesome pictures of his ‘early years’ for his fans to admire and squeal at!” so cute. your kids look so much like you and your husband, it’s beautiful!

  4. Oh, I LOVE these family pictures. Everyone looks fantastic. (I think what’s most incredible is that you got all 6 kids to look at the camera at the same time AND look happy!)

  5. These photos are just stunning! I never would have thought of that color scheme – especially after the success of your brightly colored outfits in NY a couple years ago – but it looks just smashing. Your children are gorgeous!

  6. J’adore! Those photos are beautiful. A treasure!
    I have to admit that I was dubious about the grey clothing. I should have known that you were right on in your color choice! :)
    you have a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing the photos!

  7. These are terrific! It must have been so much fun to do. Baby June does look super yummy, and I’m assuming this is THE chic haircut you got? It’s tres great!

  8. Oh my dear, what treasures these are! I don’t know how you are getting anything done at all — it must be so tempting to drink these in all day long (yes, I realize that the moving version surrounds and delights you, but still………). This was a beautiful start to my day, and I am so happy that you and yours have these mini-masterpieces to cherish, as you do each other.

  9. Such a departure from the last photo shoot in New York, but I love it. My favorites are the photo of all the children in the tree house, the last photo of the family against the red door, and the one of you holding June with the pacifier in her mouth. So lovely!

  10. a few months in France and you all look so FRENCH. lovely and fun to see!
    I like that the pictures are so natural and “normal”, specially with kids I have a hard time to see these super prepared, tons of props, shootings…
    well done!

  11. the first thing i was going to say when i saw a couple of these was, “is this film?” they are so very beautiful. your kids are gorgeous, your styling is spot-on as usual, just a perfect photo shoot. :)

  12. Je suis ENCHANTE! Such a happy and beautiful way to begin this Monday!

    Want to hug you all! Personality plus ART. Wonderful!

  13. Just wow! Love the family shots, and June’s curls are too cute. I also LOVE #8. It could easily be a photo from the 1940’s–so very cool. Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Gorgeousness!

    Love the greys, and I agree that something special happens when photos are shot on film. It certainly comes through here!

  15. oh for heaven’s sake. it’s just silly how absolutely fresh and modern and charming and gorgeous your family is.

    the trees house shot, no the wheelbarrow shot, ooh – wait, the window sill one… I can’t begin to pick a favorite.

    the dreamy grey palette is just, well, dreamy!

    what a wonderful selection of photographs and what fortune you have for this amazing life!

    best – d

    post script: don’t forget, today’s the day.

  16. i’m in awe of the beautiful work Sarah did and the amazing job you always do in selecting clothing — i’m always trying to remember different ways you dress your kiddos and mimic it with mine. you mentioned awhile back that you’ve always wanted to design a layette set and how much you love textile design — you definitely have the eye.

    also, just out of curiosity — do you ever have to coax your kids into wearing a certain item of clothing? for instance, did oscar want to wear the scarf? it looks great, but i know my daughter is opinionated sometimes about what she’ll wear or how to do her hair (no ponytails!) and i don’t want her to feel like she’s my personal doll. :) even though sometimes i wish she was. :)

  17. Absolutely beautiful! I love the second photo in, of the whole family. And the one of all the children standing on top of the tree house. And the one of you, Ben, and June. Baby June has the most beautiful eyes! And the one of Ben and the boys in the wheelbarrow. I guess I love them all. :)

  18. I’m sure you’ve heard this a thousand times, but it bears repeating – you have such a beautiful family! What a fun and stylish way to preserve your precious memories of La Cressonniere/France!

    Your kids are so natural in front of the camera. I was always awkward and shy by contrast so pretty much all my childhood photos feature a very stony-faced little me.

  19. oh my goodness!!! could you be any more GORGEOUS?!?!
    what a stunningly beautiful family you have.
    i love the choice of clothing and the muted colors.
    different from what seems to be done as of late.
    i may have to take a nod from this when we do our family photos at the end of summer.
    these colors are divine!
    little betty is a sweetheart!
    there are so many sweet pics of her.
    what a fun age she is… curious and playful.
    and olive and maude!
    wow… what beautiful young ladies they’re becoming!
    do they ever put up a fight in how you dress them for these types of things?
    i can choose our outfits to a tee and somehow, my 2 older girls will fight about something.
    they have their own sense of style, it seems (which is good in a way too, right?).
    and your boys!
    great pic of ben blair with the two in the wheelbarrow! hee hee!
    and baby june… always edible and adorable!
    my favorite pic is the one of all the kids in the tree house!!!
    SOOOO cute!
    love them all!
    thanks for sharing them with us!

  20. What beautiful photos! I love the French grey color of the clothes, how the background colors of the house pop in the background, and how comfortable and confident your children seem in front of the camera. Love it all!

  21. Such sweet loveliness!! Thank you for sharing. My favorites have to be the final family shot with the red in the background – Junes precious smile is to die for. I love love love the stunning shot of your daughter in the 2nd row, third from the end! Beautiful! And my other faves are the B&W of the girls walking in the garden and also of them in the wheelbarrow (minus June of course). And the boys in the wheelbarrow with dad! Amazing! Do you have a favorite? I bet it would be hard to choose!

  22. Lovely, just LOVELY! What wonderful, timeless images on film. And how marvelous that you have documented not only your beautiful, growing family, but also your family *in* your home. :) So very special. You are truly blessed!

  23. LOVE them. thanks for sharing another piece of your family with us. i am enjoying watching the kids grow up. beautiful photography.

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