Family Photos and Lifestyle Photography Giveaway

As promised I am excited to share with you our 2009 family photos.

We had a two day window of opportunity to have a family photo taken.  There were two days at the end of August when our whole family would be home together – the only two days all summer!  The joys of  having young adult/college age children!

Fortunately for me my friend Meg was available too.  You have seen Meg’s beautiful work here on the blog several times.  She is the one that took the amazing photos of  Tessa, the beautiful Pretty in Pink Sweet Sixteen Party  photos and fun pictures of me in my kitchen over at iLashGirls.

I am going to be sharing some helpful tips and hints for getting ready for a family photo later this week but I want to let you know about an amazing giveaway first and then the photos – I promise!

My friend Meg of Megan Elle Photography is a lifestyle photographer.

In her own words Meg describes lifestyle photography as:

“An art form that rewards imperfection and praises the candor of life.  Like its counterpart, traditional portrait photography, lifestyle is concerned with significant rites of passage.  It does not however, demand they be viewed in rigid perfection.  Put simply, lifestyle photography is slice of life photography.  With a focus on details and story telling, it is a moment, an expression, a gesture, captured to convey emotion and meaning.  Lifestyle photography invites viewing life honestly and beckons its beauty to be embraced.”

I love what Meg created with our family photos.  I think she captured who we are as a family,the bond and love that we share and the  separate and unique personalities of each member.

Meg’s work is different than the traditional, dare I say, somewhat boring studio shots.  Believe me I have plenty of those on my walls too and they definitely have their place but lifestyle photography brings more life and emotion to your pictures.

I love, love, love what Meg did for us and I hope you will too.

The best part is that Megan Elle Phot0graphy is giving one Homebased Mom reader a FREE lifestyle portrait session in the month of October.  Just leave a comment and tell us a slice of life moment you’ve enjoyed today.  A random drawing will be held October 1st – that’s Thursday.  Session will be scheduled within the first two weeks of October, so if you plan to enter please ensure your availability.  This giveaway is valued at $250.00!!!

Prize includes session fee and proofs only.  All other prints and products are sold separately.  Winner must reside in the Portland area and be available for session in first two weeks of October.  All Megan Elle Photography’s standard policies and restrictions apply.

Receive a second chance to enter by sharing this giveaway on your blog.  Just leave a second comment with a link to your blog post!

If you  do not win but would like to book a lifestyle session with Megan Elle Photography between now and November 21, 2009, mention seeing us on Your Homebased Mom and have your 4 x 6 proofs upgraded to 5 x 7’s. Sessions are limited.

Now here are our photos.  We went with a more urban look and feel to our photos this year – love it!

Here are some of my favorites!  It was hard to choose!!



As you can see we went with a purple and grey color scheme this year.  Later this week I’ll share some tips and ideas for clothing selection for a family photo.






These shots with the great lighting on the train tracks are some of my very favorite.






After Meg finished taking these photos of Jim and me, she turned around and took this photo – totally unscripted!

Wouldn’t you love to have your photo taken by Meg?  Be sure and enter by leaving a comment below and if you don’t win I hope you will consider using Meg for your next photo opportunity!  Check out her blog for her amazing senior portraits, wedding and maternity shots!  Scroll down through her blog and you’ll get a sneak peek at the cover of my soon to be released for sale College Cookbook!!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Linda says

    Great pix! You have a beautiful family in every way. I would love to win the family photos… our 3rd grandchild was born in June and we soooo need some new photos!

  2. Laurie Marsh says

    What creativity!!! I loved your photos…. course every year they are beautiful!!!
    I haven’t had pictures taken of us since the girls were 2 and 6…….. they are 11 and 14 now!!! Maybe it’s time!!!

  3. Melinda says

    I would so love to have some photos done. The work she does are truly great. Keeping my fingers crossed. And yes we would make the trip. Be a greart getaway for us.

  4. Cathy says

    With our first of three children going off to college next year it is definetely time for a family photo! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Brenda Winkler says

    This summer I didn’t get around to getting family pictures taken—-but, now maybe………

  6. Renae says

    Our boys are becoming young men with terrifying speed. Wouldn’t it be nice to freeze them here for a moment….even if just in a photo. And what beautiful moments Meg seems to catch. Thanks for the chance!

  7. MaLanie says

    Those pictures are beautiful! I would love to win the free lifestyle session with Meg. We just had our first baby in August and I definitely want to get some professional photos of our family.

  8. Krista Carroll says

    I’m a little emotional as I attempt to explain my “slice of life” moment and why I am mustering my courage to possibly win a family photo shoot. I have a little piece of heaven sitting on my lap. He’s almost 5 months old and I am soaking up each and every moment with him. He is our rainbow baby, which is the baby you have after you lose a baby. Our 4th child was born with anencephaly. We had 23 precious hours with her before she passed away. It took us another 2 years before we were able to get our rainbow baby. I’ve learned that everyday is a gift. Literally, not just the cute signs that say that, every single day truly is a gift. Everyday I get to gaze into my baby’s beautiful eyes, hear his cute little laugh, listen to his charming coos, and hold him in my once empty aching arms is a gift. I couldn’t be more blessed. I have other little blessings too, ages 10, 8, & 6. Here comes the “mustering my courage” part. I haven’t been able to bring myself to have our family picture taken yet with the newest addition to the family. There is a part of me that is not wanting to have that family photo moment knowing that one of my children will be missing from the photo. I can’t stand the thought of moving past our last family photo with our angel baby, but on the other hand I want a family picture with our newest little baby in it too. I know we can’t go through the rest of life never having a family picture just because we’re missing someone. Maybe this will be an opportunity to help me make that next step in healing and have the courage to have our family photo taken.

  9. Laurie Bishop says

    Well, the best reason I can come up with is the same as many others – it has been a number of years since we have had a family photo taken, and even then, they were all snapshots. We have NEVER had a professional photo taken of the four of us – only of our boys when they were much smaller.

    However, after reading Krista Carroll’s comment — mine doesn’t hold a candle to hers. Please choose her…

  10. Kaera says

    Your family is SO beautiful!! The pictures were beautiful! 😉 I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to be the winner of the family photo!

  11. Kaera says

    Hello! I just left a comment but forgot to mention a “slice of life I enjoyed today.” When I think of it there are SO many! The first one that comes to mind is whatching my two li’l loves just enjoying being together and being in love! I have a little boy that is 6 and a little girl that is 2. They both play so good together and kiss and hug all day! I love watching them be in love!