Family Pics // Fall Bucket List

Every Fall I round up my family, stuff them in to clothes they probably wouldn't choose on their own accord (I'm not the only wife/mom who does that, right?!), and I have them say 'cheese' for roughly an hour. 

This Fall was no different.

Though family pictures are generally about the most stressful thing in the whole world (any other moms/wives feels this way?!), the pictures are kind of a must. Not only do they document us, right now, they're taken by someone other than me - I'm in front of the camera for once! - AND, they also double as our family Christmas card. So many birds, one stone. So, the family pics are a must for my Fall Bucket List.

I was incredibly worried how our pictures would turn out. They were scheduled for 2PM, which just so happened to be smack dab in the middle of nap. So much could go wrong…

The day of pictures I woke up and it was raining pouring. Neat. It NEVER rains in LA.

Thankfully, nap time happened earlier than usual and the rain ended well before our session. The rain left the skies partly cloudy and the temps cool enough to actually warrant our fall-like clothes. Wins all around.

The first 15 minutes were a little iffy, as Marcus was waking up and warming up to the whole picture taking process.
Given our rough and super clingy start I was concerned our session would be a total flop.
We even climbed trees to try and get a smile.
After that first 15 minutes it was as if a switch had been flipped, the mood shifted, and the rest of the session went off without a hitch. I'm still trying to figure out how that happened… 
So many 'cheeses' from the little man.
Like father, like son.
My guys.
I'm one lucky momma and wife.
My heart exposed in pictures.
My best buddy and me.
Celebrating a successful shoot.
And, I didn't even include our Christmas-card-worthy pics! Those will be coming, you know, when we send out our Christmas cards. 

Are you still checking items off your Fall Bucket List, too? Be sure to link up (below) with Stephanie, Elizabeth, and me, and share what you've been up to!
   DesirĂ©e // Macke Monologues       Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me        Elizabeth // Chasin' Mason


  1. Oh my gosh, CUTEST family! These turned out soooo perfect! Seriously, I love them!!

  2. Ohh emmm gee! You have one cute family. Which of course I knew but these photos only confirm the sweetness that is the Macke crew.

  3. so cute! since you know how hard it is to get one kid to cooperate for pictures, imagine how hard it is to get 3 to cooperate!

  4. Your pics came out soooo good!! Love them all! =)

  5. Oh goodness! SO so so cute :D I'm glad he warmed up and got his cheese on for the camera! :) Way to persevere, there mama! Those are some treasured fall memories on film!

  6. Great pics! So glad things came together so perfectly :)

  7. Great outfit picks! Glad he perked up. You got some really fun pictures!

  8. Love these! Great job picking out the outfits :)

  9. LOVE THESE!!!!!! I'm so glad that the weather turned around and behaved for your family session! These photos are gorgeous! Oh, and I TOTALLY made Seth and Mason wear outfits they wouldn't normally wear in 90 degree heat on the beach just for our pictures :)

  10. You guys are ridiculously photogenic. And, that is AH-mazing how things all worked out. And, yeah...it is totally the way things are - the wife gets to pick the outfits. I shudder to think of what Chris would pick out if given the option.

  11. What precious pics, love the outfits you chose!!

  12. Love the rock waterfall background! I also make sure to do family pictures in the Fall and also dread them. Hence me putting them off and off and off... I love the outfits choices and the beautiful smiles!

  13. Yay! So glad that they turned out so well. Can't wait to see your favorites :D!

    Agreed, mom always picks the outfits and no one better say a word about what they are wearing!

  14. very very cute! love your boots!

  15. Great pics!!! Glad M 'woke up' and everything turned out great!

  16. as always awesome pictures! You guys look like you had so much fun! Even in the beginning when marcus wasn't into it you got some sweet photos. I mean how much longer will he rest his head on you like that? Sweetness! But the one under the tree is my favorite! OH and there's some great ones of Marcus and Scott too! Just all sorts of awesomeness in this post!

  17. LOVE!! These are so adorable and so awesome! You guys are the cutest! Can't wait to see the favorites and the winners. How do I get myself on your Christmas card list? :)

  18. Adorable!!! I can't wait to see the winners! Isn't it amazing how family pictures ALWAYS start off bad?!? And by some miracle usually turn out great?


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