May 17, 2011

Journey Of A Thousand Miles: Family & Bridal Party Photos


Remember back before the wedding when I was whining about how I hated the standard family photo pose? The ones where everyone stands shoulder to shoulder and it looks like a mugshot?  

I said we were not going to do anything like this. None. Zero. I put my bridal foot down. We were only going to do fun poses. Yea.... well it didn't really happen like that because our moms wanted those photos. And I am a big enough person to admit that I am very happy that they got their way. 

When our photographer, Sol, added her own artistic flair to the "standard" family photos they turned out to be some of the ones I love the most. For example this one of Mr. Meerkat and Sister-In-Law Meerkat:

And this one of Mr. Meerkat and Mama-In-Law Meerkat:

These photos show so much love and happiness, how could I have thought I didn't want them?

Plus I got one of my most treasured photos ever. It is of my sister and my niece, Bridesmaid K:

These two ladies are so important to me and until now I didn't really have a good photo of them together.

At the time we were taking them, I had no idea how much I would love these photos so of course I kept saying to poor Sol, "I want fun ones". *sigh* I didn't realize how vague that sounded until  now but she never once grimaced. Instead she would give me a laugh and a smile and come up with AWESOME ideas.

One of my favorites has to be this one of Sister Meerkat and I:

And of course I love the "bridal party" photos of us girls out in the water:

The water was just a bit chilly but still fun.

Oh yea I was having a blast. :P

The guys chose to go a less wet route and stayed up on the sand for their photos.

Now for some Meerkat words of wisdom about "mugshots" at your wedding - do them. You will be so happy you have photos of the people you love together.

Up Next: Our Bride and Groom Portraits

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