But, since just a few things have changed in that time, we decided that the time had come.
And guess what? Taking family photos that involve four people is like sixteenbajillionty times harder than taking pictures with only three.
Here's a little smattering of some things that were said that day:
Look at the camera. Logan! Logan! Look right here! Please stop picking up that pinecone and look at the camera. Don't hit your brother. STOP! That's water, please don't go in. Let's try another one, both kids are crying in that frame. Pull your dress down, we don't get naked in public. Ooops, my eyes were closed. Honey, stop putting sticks in your mouth. Tickle, tickle! SMILE! Please stop wiggling so you don't get dropped in the pond. FOR THE LOVE...! IF YOU TOUCH THAT GOOSE POOP SO HELP ME...
I won't tell you which statement goes with which child, it'll spoil the fun.
All the same, we were able to capture some really nice shots.
We had them taken at Hudson Gardens, which is an awesome location. But it didn't help that the wind was blowing like crazy, and both kids and the momma were allergic to pretty much everything. And it was like 5:00. Why I scheduled pictures during the Witching Hour, I'll never know.
Oh well, live and learn.
At the end of the day, I won't remember what a challenge it was to get these images.
I'll just remember how precious our little people were in the summer of 2013.
Hooray for family! (and photos, too.)