January 11 13

A photoshoot for my kids usually entails quite a bit of preparation. Showers and baths (because a certain second grader is afraid to take showers and don’t even get me started on how truly irritated this makes me but bathing in her own 7-year-old filth it is, I guess) and blow drys and carefully selected coordinating but not over-coordinating outfits and agreements that if the kids will pretend for 6 minutes that they actually like each other, I will promise to a) not yell and b) provide compensation in the form of Menchie’s.

Bribery is where it’s at. I am not above it.

We woke up early to get all of the prep work done and get outside and take advantage of the Atlanta winter weather—because if we had done this at home, there would be parkas and red noses and cold extremities and lots and lots of complaining involved. BUT IT WAS RAINING. I refused to capitulate or surrender or throw in the towel. We were making this happen. So, I took the kids down to the basement and led them out to the basement porch that was almost completely covered by the first-floor porch. I did some quick camera adjusting because the lighting under there was slightly more cave-like than I was expecting, and just shot as quickly as my trigger fingers would allow.

Poor Isabella got dripped out quite a bit, and you can actually see it in her hair.

But they were so, so good for exactly six minutes. They smiled, they hugged, the posed. I snapped away for six straight minutes.

Perhaps next time I’ll do a little rain dance before our shoot—when it rains it pours, I guess.

Martell kids photoshoot December 2012


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  1. Aww, they turned out beautifully! Your kids are gorgeous.

    Comment by Nuala Reilly on January 11, 2013
  2. I highly doubt you could get a more perfect photo than the first one. Wowza.

    It rained on my wedding day (in which there were no Alanis Morissette songs playing) and our photographers said that cloud cover was actually perfect for photos. Not rain, per se, but clouds. Something about good lighting. No shadows! No squints! And we did get some fantastic photos. (On film.)

    You take some very lovely photos.

    Comment by Jen Wilson on January 11, 2013
  3. Oh, I LOVE to shoot on overcast days…but pouring rain is a bit trickier…finding cover and dry places to shoot. Had to think outside the box a bit.

    Thanks. the first is my favorite too. Going on canvas, I think.

    Comment by ali on January 11, 2013
  4. Beautiful! I cannot handle, though, your kids growing up so fast! MAKE IT STOP!

    Comment by Kristabella on January 11, 2013
  5. I know. I cannot deal.

    Comment by ali on January 11, 2013
  6. Your kids are just gorgeous! You were already a very talented photographer but I have to say- I can see the jump in level here. These photos are outstanding. Whatever you have been doing- keep doing it!

    Comment by Chris on January 11, 2013
  7. Wow. Thank you so much. This means so much to me. For real.

    Comment by ali on January 11, 2013
  8. You did it!!! You got them all smiling in one shot! I bow to your greatness!

    These are beautiful, truly.

    Comment by Pgoodness on January 12, 2013
  9. Three smiles in one shot! I KNOW! It’s the stuff of miracles.


    Comment by alimartell on January 12, 2013
  10. Three beautiful kids, they could all may you a fortune in modelling!! Fantastic photography skills Ali.

    Comment by J from Ireland on January 13, 2013
  11. I know I’m really late to this post – but YOUR CHILDREN ARE GORGEOUS! Such wonderful captures Ali! Well done.

    Comment by monstergirlee on January 21, 2013

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