The Carson Family – 2013

We normally shoot Julie’s family session in January.  On or around Joy’s birthday.  We decided we were going to take it easy this year.  No VW buses.  No beds in fields.  No party at the beach.  But, at the last minute we decided that we need snow.  Snow.  With 4 kids.  So naturally we needed a cabin where they could take breaks and warm up.  This delayed our shoot.  Then Julie broke her thumb.  And then every one of her kids got sick.  Really sick.  I called it off once for exhaustion (if pop stars can do it then so can I).  And then it was April and there was no more snow in our local mountains.  Luckily I know of a random Redwood forest close to my house.  We set a date.  Again.  And then I got sick.  Really sick.  5 different prescription meds sick.  But, we were not rescheduling again.

So, off we went.  4 kids.  4 adults.  A box of cupcakes.  A red wagon.  And a pack of teenage zombies (I’m so sad I didn’t get a picture of them).  And even though I couldn’t breathe and was hacking up a lung it was still as fun as it always is.

Whenever Julie and I are together we always have fun.  And that’s what I love about our friendship.  We have big ideas and big dreams and it’s fun to go on these crazy adventures with her (even when rattlesnakes are involved).

Can’t wait to see the craziness that happens next year!

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12 Responses to The Carson Family – 2013

  1. andrea says:

    such a fun shoot! love seeing this family every year. even “low key” is still so dreamy!

  2. SWEDEV says:

    Oh my, I’m pretty sure they’re the most BEAUTIFUL family ever! I just love her blog and her hilariousness.. and how crafty she is! Great photos of such a seemingly lovely family :)

  3. Julie says:

    I could leave a five thousand word comment to tell you how happy I am right now, how amazing you are, or how my heart cannot even handle how much I love each of these pictures, and that still would not be enough words. So I will take a few less than five thousand.
    The pic of Janey? Her crinkled up sunshine face? Pure happiness.
    The pic of Shane and I? I feel like I need to put it in every single room in our house to remind myself that he really secretly loves and like me on the days (everyday) that he seems to hate the entire universe.
    Shane leading Lucy? Perfect.
    Halley? My twin. You got the best smiles out of her. Amazed.
    Jason and I? I like these better than our wedding pictures. There. I said it.
    The orange grove? Love.
    The silhouettes? Obsessed. So glad we made it to that location and that the zombies didn’t get us.
    We love you friend. Thank you for being a part of our crazy, and for seeing us through your beautiful lens.

  4. Suzie says:

    I absolutely ADORE the silhouettes. They are beautiful and timeless. You inspire me to be a better photographer and to enjoy my photo sessions. Thank you for your honesty and for sharing your gift.

  5. Dude! the silhouettes are perfection. The one where Shane is walking to Julie? Favorite. Shot. Ever.

  6. Becky says:

    These are so beautiful!!! all those wide shots at the end are gorgeous and belong on a LARGE canvas!! lol.

  7. Lindsey says:

    Drew I never get sick of looking at your pictures! So beautiful! And Julie, you have the cutest family! What precious memories she captured! I miss you both! Xoxo

  8. I love the last series of photos. The last one made me laugh out loud. The shadow pics are amazing. I would totally hang that up in my house.

  9. lauren says:

    these are perfect. timeless. beautiful. i’m speechless! LOVE all of your sessions but this one is AMAZING!

  10. Bobbie Brown says:

    These pictures – every single one of ‘em – are AMAZING! Seriously! I could not choose a favorite! And the fact that you have a
    “random Redwood forest” near your house makes me a little jealous :) Incredible. Incredible. Love.

  11. Sarah Roman says:

    This are amazing- I love reading about your adventures with this family every year! The family is beautiful- LOVE the couple shots!

  12. anniken says:

    I dont know what to say, your photos are so beautiful!!

    Im trying to get some kids/families to photoshoots and your pictures really inspire me! My mind is going crazy trying to find places where I can take pictures outdoors. :)

    The outdoor pictures, do you go when it is sunset or is it photoshoped also?

    Have a great day!

    Anniken (norway)

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