In case you weren't sure, let me tell you, getting family pictures done with a toddler is a lot of work. I went into this mini photo shoot thinking that I'll be happy if Piper is just looking at the camera. Well, that barely even happened and all I can do is laugh about it.
Don't get me wrong. These pictures are still so sweet and special to me. They capture where we're currently at in this time of life. We have a toddler that wants to do what she wants to do and although that can be challenging in a lot of different circumstances, I ultimately think it's super cute and funny, too.
We had my mom and Nick's mom behind the camera, trying to get Piper to look and she knew what they wanted, and did the exact opposite. So, the pictures where Piper is actually looking, were done with some minor trickery on all of our parts.
Last year, we did our Fall Family Photos at the same spot, in my mother-in-laws back yard, and we took a lot longer during the photo shoot. It probably lasted the better half of an hour, and we even shot a couple different locations that day.
This year, Piper is older and wiser and she knows that she doesn't want to be stuck in front of a camera for very long; especially when she could be running around, chasing kitties, instead. I knew all of this going into the photo shoot, so this year's shoot lasted the better half of ten minutes and what we got is still pretty wonderful to me.
I'm so glad that we captured this age and the stage that we're in right now. The Fall is my favorite time to take family pictures because of the changing scenery and the reminder that the seasons' change brings to my heart. Piper is constantly changing with each month as she grows and I just want to remember how fun and funny our life is, right now, as we are.