Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fall Photo Shoot for Christmas Cards! (Updated Photos of the Kids!)

I decided that this year, I wanted to spring for professional photos taken outside in the peak of fall foliage for our Christmas cards. So in true, plan-ahead fashion, I waited until we actually reached fall to call a photographer friend and try to get a photo slot.

Apparently, it doesn't work that way. Ha!

So, my grand plan of professional photos did not work this year since it seems fall is the favorite time of year for family photos to be taken. I made a mental note to book a time slot by July if I want an October photo date next year. ;)

Then I asked one of my brothers to help me out by taking a few family snapshots for us. We set a day in late October....and then our kids brought home a nasty virus from school. So we canceled that.

THEN, the Royals won the World Series! Why is that worth mentioning? Because a couple of days later, Kansas City pretty much shut down for the Royals World Series Victory Parade (or whatever it's official title is). Even the kids' school district closed for the day so that everyone could head downtown and enjoy the parade.

Now, I don't know about y'all, but taking four 4-year-olds downtown to see a parade with 800,000 other people (literally, that many people) by myself seemed like the worst possible idea on the planet. Instead, I told the kids to get their shoes on because we were going to the park for pictures. Then I grabbed a bag of Skittles to bribe them into cooperating, Yes, I am the mom who keeps Skittles on hand for bribes when absolutely necessary. Photos for the Christmas card qualified as necessary.

330 photos later (thank goodness for an SD card that holds a bunch of images!), this is what we came up with:

Caleb, Abby, Elijah, and Ellie

"Looking at leaves" - Abby and Ellie

"Finding their pockets" - Elijah and Caleb

Best Brothers - Caleb and Elijah

"On the Old Red Bridge" - Ellie, Caleb, Elijah, and Abby





Ellie, Elijah, Abby, and Caleb

I was so torn over which photo to use for our Christmas cards. I was trying to narrow it down between the photo on the Red Bridge, the photo above of them all holding hands while walking away, and the photo below. We finally settled on the one below because they are facing the camera and smiling. :)

And ended up with this:

Considering I'm *not* a photographer and only had Skittles as my assistant, I think it turned out pretty cute this year! I'm still hoping for a true professional shoot next year though. I'd like to get a nice updated photo of our whole family.

So with that being said....

Merry Christmas from The Ishum Family!


  1. Lovely photos, mama!!! Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas to you all! These are great photos! You do NOT need a professional photographer. I look at these and remember SO LONG AGO (it seems) when we were all praying so hard before these gorgeous children were even born. Prayers are answered and multiplied. Thank you for sharing your life with us "internet friends" who only know you all from these posts.
    Lee Ann

  3. The pictures are great! Just look at the beauty on all 4 of those children's faces! You have a lovely family there!

  4. Love your pictures! You and Miss Skittles did a fantastic job!!❤ Merry Christmas!

  5. Love them! The photos are incredible too. 😘

  6. Love Them! The photos are great too!��❤��❤��

  7. They look adorable in their holiday photos. The girls look so cute in their dresses and boots. Happy New Year!

  8. Adorable pictures! I can't believe how big they are! Evidenced by the fact that no one is crying in any of the pictures!! ;)


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