Our Family Joshua Tree Desert Photo Shoot

Woohoo! Finally getting to blog some of our favorites from our family photo shoot we did in the desert. I was going for a an airy, bohemian vibe that was reflective of the our location in Joshua Tree. This was planned out a little last second for me, I usually take a few months to decide on family photos, gathering outfits and location, deciding a date. So a few weeks to put this all together meant I couldn't overthink anything too much, which was actually ideal. 

We were taking a family road trip to Joshua Tree National Park and it fit smack dab between Gunnar's work days, during everyone's spring break. We desperately needed some time to regroup as a family, and you know how we love National Parks! 

I had asked one of my favorite photographers, Josh Elliott, if he had a free Thursday afternoon to work with us and low and behold everything fell into place! We loved our time in Joshua Tree and I promise you it felt like we had the entire park to ourselves this afternoon. Josh gave us some walkie talkies and we set off to find some ideal photo taking spots and I'm pretty sure we found the gold. Liquid sunset gold if you will. These are precious to me, and made for the most perfect 17 year anniversary a girl could ask for. We haven't taken family photos in about 4 years and wow how these kids have grown and changed. 

Greta's dress is from my girlfriend's shop, MinnieMi and both of us absolutely loved her in it. It fits her style to a tee, and was the most perfect option for family photos. Sooo well made, go check out other items in the shop, they're adorable!

My dress is from Nordstrom, and since I was in a pinch and zero time for shopping I ordered a dozen dresses all at once. I figured one had to fit right!? It took a little jerryrigging to make perfect, and a quick Amazon prime slip to go underneath it. I did forget my little tube top at home, but nothing a fast trip to the thrift store to cut up a lace top couldn't fix with some safety pins minutes before the shoot. Gunnar's outfit all came from Macy's, Sawyer's outfit we owned already, along with Aaron's. I've always been against the matching two tone color scheme, but I definitely wanted our colors to blend with the landscape. And I think we accomplished this.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about our photographer and how comfortable we all feel with him. Also, family photos get so much easier as kids get older! They do what you say! Lol. Just a few more...


Would you believe me if I told you this is just a teeny fraction of all the images we have? I sift through and stare at them pretty much every day. If you're on the fence about family photos, don't be! They're treasures that I promise you will never regret having! These are worth more to me than anything else. xo

12/12 December Video

And this project of 2016 is officially over! This video probably took the longest to make because of all that we packed into this 10 day trip. And I honestly could've made three separate videos with all the footage we had. When you get to the Devil's Bridge in section 1 you can envision me crying pretty hysterically while Greta videotaped Gunnar. I don't love heights but I didn't know I was that fearful of them. When we go to it I could not stop crying, it was pretty strange. And I had to be convinced by a stranger, another mom, that it would be ok and I could let my kids go out there. She assured me that it wasn't as narrow as it looked from our vantage point. I think I cried the entire hike back down. The second section you'll see a funny part of me trying to ski in several feet of fresh powder. It was the hardest workout I've had in years. And virtually impossible, you'll notice at one point I just collapse and give up lol. The third section has some donkey footage from a ride around the rim and all that wobbly filming is by sweet Greta haha. I hope you enjoy our little road trip adventure. We sure loved it and had such a memorable time. Time to plan the next... 

The only part of this project that I wish was better was the resolution of these uploaded videos. I wish I could share with all of you exactly how the video looks on my screen which is crisp and clean, but I guess that would involve upgrading to a professional uploading site. And those pesky ads that pop up, I would love to not have those.

11/12 November Video

Just one last video to edit for 2016! November you can find us each year in Ojai and just watch to see how much we love this place. It's a tradition that is hard to break. As soon as I free up some more laptop space I will start on December's video and bid 2016 with a farewell....