Our photo shoot. :)

I picked up the images from our family shoot last week, and was given full permission to post all my favourites. πŸ˜€

I feel so unbelievably tall in these photos. I was wearing big heels and in many of them Curtis is crouching, leaning back, or on a lower incline. Still, I’m not as tall as I look in these – it is kind of weird.

(Curtis made me post the right hand one, as I’m not a fan of my Joker smile).

Same one from last entry, but sans watermark.



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  • so so so so so gorgeous!! you are beautiful and so is your family!

  • admin says:

    No no, that was me. I was reading up and literally wrote “UK” whie reading the word “Montreal”. ‘Cause I’m dumb like that. O_o

  • admin says:

    That’s awesome! πŸ™‚ I’d be happy to travel to the UK, just contact me for more info and I’ll gladly start up the planning! πŸ˜€

    (And, thank you!)

  • admin says:

    I don’t mind at all.
    And of course I’d photograph your wedding! I’ve been booked for destination weddings (USA and the UK) based on internet sightings so It’s not that uncommon. πŸ™‚ If you want to get into it, email me at heatherphoto at gmail.com

  • awww

    you have a beautiful family you guys all look so happy

  • alicianne3 says:

    i love you and tempest against the graffiti, and where youy and curtis each have a kid up in the air!
    and i love your face where xan is hugging you, you have an infectious smile-as do your babies:)

  • Gorgeous photos and you are beautiful!

  • bluealoe says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous. Like, completely stunning. It’s so nice to see you relaxed and having fun. πŸ™‚

    Can’t say I’m a big fan of Curtis’s haircut, though…

    My favorite is the one where he’s picking up Tempest and you’re picking up Xan with the subburst in the background. I just want to stare at it forever…

  • ajlinda says:

    The “joker” smile pic looks nice. I’m 5’6″ and in the one w/ you and Tempest in front of the red brick, you look taller than me, even w/ your leg bent. And Tempest looks tall in the one with the two of you in front of the colorful wall. Maybe you can just send the cd to your dad so he can see them and you don’t have to mess with them.

    • admin says:

      I would never send anyone unedited photos, it isn’t a true representation of the person who took them and it’s unprofessional… I’d feel kind of weird doing it.
      She did include a CD full of her edited favourites, from which these all were… and we’re going to order prints of those. πŸ™‚

  • eliza261 says:

    You and your family are beautiful! What part of vic were these taken?

  • robynz says:

    My favourite has to be the third from the bottom. There’s a lot of feeling in it.
    Though I dare say I am more fond of your technique, these are still beautiful! It must feel nice to have yourself framed for a change. πŸ™‚

  • You are all so beautiful! What a fabulous family. πŸ™‚

  • sualkin says:

    Btw, I particularly love Tempest’s mismatches socks. *wub*

  • sualkin says:

    I really really love these.

    So which ones are going on giant canvases? πŸ˜€

  • I’m with you – I love graffiti and brick walls. I also seriously love lens flare.

    … I hate to admit it, but I was disappointed for a split-second because I thought these were going to be the wedding-garb photos!

  • ladyynara says:

    I’ve been reading your journal for years now but I don’t think I’ve commented before. I loved your story posts…my husband and I also met online before it was “normal” to do so, and we were from different countries too, so I felt a lot of parallels in your writing. We’ve been married 11 years now.

    You have a beautiful family, I must have some family shots done sometime too, there are virtually none of us all together.

  • mami_chilena says:

    6th photo from the top – FAVORITE!

    I said it before and I will say it again, I want to squish you all!!!

  • facethemoon says:

    You are SO NOT THAT TALL!!! Haha! You look so tall! I can’t believe it!

    Those are beautiful, who took them? Nice to see your family on camera this time! I love the one of you and Curtis both picking up the kids with the sun behind you. Beautiful. Love you guys. xo

  • tastyanagram says:

    Wow, these are gorgeous, and it’s so great to see pictures of the four of you all together! Love the urban theme. I already mentioned I love the shot of you two kissing with kids hanging off you, but I also LOVE ustree.jpg.

    And you don’t look disproportionate at all. It’s hard for me to believe that you are so short from these pics, even though I already know!

    What did the kids think about the shoot? I know they’re probably used to being photographed, but how did they feel about spending so long being photographed by someone else?

    • admin says:

      I didn’t post the ones where I look strange. πŸ˜›

      Kids: Tempest gets really overexcited with the attention and lasted about 45 minutes before getting way out of control.
      Xan was surprisingly good for about half an hour and that was it for him. After that he was NOT agreeable AT ALL in very typical kid fashion and it was rare to get anything out of him.
      All these photos are from the first 30 to 40 minutes

  • medland says:

    These are gorgeous. You look fierce and I love Xan’s red dungarees!

  • “Joker” smile? I think it looks wonderful!

    I love the one of you two kissing with the kids hanging off you – I’m sure I’m not the only one! And the one of you sitting in front of the brick wall, with Tempest and Xan playing.

    Beautiful pics πŸ™‚

    • admin says:

      Before I started holding back my smiles for photos I had a crazy ass Joker smile. I still do it when I laugh, irl, but not for photos unless I’m caught off guard. My smile is like… insanity. Really. It’s not attractive. I’m like all wrinkly out to my EARS.
      By around 12 I HATED the fact that I smiled so huge/tight my upper lip would flip out and I’d get a crease under my nose.

      • Call me dumb, but I cannot imagine a smile not being attractive! The look in the eyes and body language just says it all πŸ™‚

        I used to think I smiled too hard in 6th grade, and.. er.. this is me from a year ago, so there!
        Yes yes, I know I’m sneaking a peek at the camera, I was begging the kid’s mom to snap a pic before the tower fell off me! πŸ˜›

        • admin says:

          You’ve totally got he lip crease too BUT your big open-mouthed smile is round. Mine is not. That’s where there’s the difference. πŸ˜› Mine is like a huge giant open wrinkly slit.

          … wow I did not intend for that to sound the way it does.

  • azdesertrose says:

    Y’all are beautiful!

    Is it my imagination, or is Xan starting to look an awful lot like a mini-Curtis? πŸ™‚

  • So sweet. How lucky you are to be so talented and involved with talented people!

    Tempest’s shoes make my heart pinch – they are SO ME when I was that age!

  • excuse my french but what a gorgeous fucking family

  • birthingway says:

    These are wonderful! What awesome memories.

  • Gorgeous!! I’m jealous of your graffiti. It’s so bright, and I find it quite beautiful. We don’t have stuff like that here.

  • frogger414 says:

    Holy crap, those are amazing! I can’t believe how much older the kids look, even though you post their pics all the time.

    Your family is so beautiful and full of life!

  • six58 says:

    it’s so refreshing to see pictures of you! you’re so beautiful. πŸ™‚

    these pictures are great. i especially like the one of you and curtis kissing with the kids at your feet. πŸ™‚

  • smellykaka says:

    Your hair’s looking great πŸ™‚

  • Geez you are a pin up girl!

    Always refreshing to see a glowing, functional family!

  • lovekrissy says:

    absolutely amazing! ♥

  • molly_diane says:

    Aww, you guys are all so cute <333

  • sholanda says:

    you have a great smile. the one of the kids holding onto your legs is such a great photo.

  • I really like these! Very, very different from your style – which I’m sure was the point. I prefer your style, but these are awesome.

    I can’t help asking: Was it weird being on the other side of the camera? Do you think it’s changed the way you direct customers (if you do at all)?

    (I absolutely love the middle photo on the left of the last collage – you and Tempest, it’s SO CUTE! And the kissing with the kids hanging off of you one – and I like the idea of the windows one.)

    • admin says:

      I HATE having my picture taken. Hate. So yes it was weird.
      There are like 450 of these pictures. I’m not kidding. And these are the only ones I felt comfortable posting because I am so acutely aware of how fucked up my body proportions look (I really, really feel like a ‘dwarf’ in a lot of these pictures where I’m standing up and everyone else is sitting. I don’t know, my head looks huge and fetal and my body looks out of proportion and weird. I never feel that way, my dwarfism is “proportionate dwarfism” and that’s never been a ‘thing’, but in a few of these I REALLY do feel I look like that and it bothers me).
      Curtis is the kind of person that does the camera smile thing but he’s way better lately, I’m teaching him to relax. I am learning to fake it but I am very uncomfortable in front of the camera.

      Relating to clients: not really, she treats clients the same way I do. I talk WAY too much but it did make me realize how comforting that is. She laughed through the whole thing, even at stupid shit, which made me feel a lot better and more at ease and kind of “forget” to pay attention to how self-conscious I was.

      *ETA: Just realized how stupid it sounds to say “I feel so tall” and then tell you “I feel so dwarfish”.
      By comparison to CURTIS in this pictures I appear to be tall because in reality my head fits in his sternum. Mission position sex is like… “Where are you?”.
      But I feel that my body proportions look fucked up in a lot of the ones I didn’t show. And no it isn’t lens distortion, before anyone asks…

  • just_shoe_me says:

    these are fantastic! I love the one of the four of you holding hands while standing against the wall. πŸ™‚

  • cmariewt says:

    I absolutely LOVE the one with you two kissing, with the kids at your feet. It’s perfect perfect.

  • nevaehrae says:

    You and your family are beautiful!!!

  • kara says:

    i’m in love with them.
    you have such a beautiful family!

    • admin says:

      Your username briefly made me freak out (in a good way). Haha!

      • kara says:

        Aww πŸ˜› I added you a while back because I love your pictures. but you’re so good at what you do i figured you hadn’t noticed, lol.


        • admin says:

          I have it set to send me LJ notifications because people often email me via LJ and otherwise I’ll miss it, and as a byproduct I get sent notifications when people add me to their FLists. I delete them when I get them, but sometimes I see a username in there that looks familiar for one reason or another and go, “WTF!!”.

          “Kara”, the ‘other’ guy in our story is short for his screen name (his real name is Daniel) and he never, ever went by any other name… and EVERYONE called him “Kara” as a short form.

  • the sunburst is super cool, i don’t think i’ve ever seen one as an intentional part of a photo (of people)! after reading your “meeting of Curtis story” the pictures seem mind-bendingly joyous

  • i LOVE the one of them hanging on you as you kiss. that’s parenting right there.

  • niftybabe313 says:

    You have the cutest family ever!! I love these πŸ™‚

  • zeldazonk says:

    I love the way you guys came out, but I hate graffiti. I didn’t even know you guys had graffiti in Canada. Did we export our Angelenos out there to scribble on your walls?

    • admin says:

      There is no place there ISN’T graffiti – it’s like urban art.

      I wanted the graffiti. πŸ™‚ I wanted a really urban shoot so I purposefully picked out a place that had lots of colours and graffiti.

      We have some GREAT graffiti walls all over town, one in particular on a bakery where they pay graffiti artists to change up their entire building once a month – AMAZING stuff.

      • zeldazonk says:

        Oh, so it’s murals? Here the graffiti is to mark gang territories. It’s ugly. They even get it on freeway overpasses (dunno if you guys have those there) but if they are paying artists to do it, that’s different.

        • admin says:

          Those aren’t murals, it’s all just plain ol’ graffiti that would get them fined if they were caught… but it doesn’t mean I don’t like it. πŸ™‚

          We don’t have gangs in this city. Or, if we do, they’re pretty wussy. πŸ˜› Maybe that’s why I don’t mind the sections of vandalism. It’s generally isolated and… honestly I like the colours and the expression. Same reason I love reading bathroom walls in seedy public restrooms.
          Some places put chalkboards in every toilet stall, or just paint the walls with chalkpaint and provide writing tools on little slats inside. It’s awesome.
          Curtis always writes messages to me every time he goes to a bathroom that has that. Things like, “I love my sexy wife” or, “7 years and still crazy about you”, etc. πŸ™‚

      • florassecret says:

        Our city is completely different from the rest of the world. It’s like a vortex.
        i love the art downtown, it’s done tastefully…even the tagging on the lamp posts are not crudely done. I truly am blessed to live in a wonderful city.
        Today Maddie and I walked downtown and mnaddie waved at the panhandlers and said “Have a great day” they all waved back and grinned. We have what we call the North Bum who pushes a cart around the whole city and he gets around a lot. Each night I’ve heard that he makes it back to town and finds the local shelter to sleep in and to have a good meal. EVERYONE knows him and always helps him out.

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful family

    Heather, I have been reading your blog forever now and I just love your sweet family. You are such a beauty and the love you all have for each other is always so evident. I spent the morning reading Part One and Part Two of your story with Curtis and it was perfect, so touching and wonderful! Having met my husband online in a text based role playing game 11 years ago, I could relate to a lot of what you were referencing πŸ™‚ We will be married 10 years this July! Thanks for sharing your beautiful family!

    • admin says:

      Re: Beautiful family

      That’s wonderful! Almost the exact same timeline too, except you guys have been married longer (and were obviously “out” of the “I love you” closet sooner πŸ˜‰ ).

  • noelove says:

    Can I just say that you’re a better photographer than this person? πŸ˜‰

    • admin says:

      LOL, that’s fair. Thing is, when I get family portraits taken by another pro, I want someone who has a very different style – it’s kind of the point. πŸ™‚

      The only thing I didn’t like is that as a sort of personal favour, I imagine, she included all the unedited photos on a separate CD. That’s cool and all but wtf am I going to do with those? I sure as hell won’t edit them: that’s like scribbling on someone else’s art! I know she’s trying to be nice and she probably intended for me to mess around with them, but I don’t want to! Any prints I make will be out of HER versions… not any I mess with.

      • florassecret says:

        this is what I tell my friends. It’s great that they want my photos for fun, but really why would they want the unedited photographs? It’s kind rude to ask for them.
        BTW they’re all great, I love the one where Curtis and you are kissing and the kids are hanging off your legs.

    • sequiro says:

      Ditto this. I get the ‘want a different style’ thing, but you’re leagues past her in terms of technical aptitude as well.

      • admin says:

        It is very weird to hear that because she actually teaches at the local schools, has won countless awards and presents at seminars and everything. As far as experience, knowledge, client base she’s light years ahead of me.

    • ppplmgwiw says:

      Ha ha, I was thinking the same thing!

  • ayanamisama says:

    These are just amazing. You all look fantastic.

  • skyrose says:

    Those are gorgeous! You guys look great πŸ™‚ I’m glad he made you post the one with your “joker smile” I think it looks great!

  • Heather, you really look just FANTASTIC. Great, fun photos.

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