Your Family in Pictures Book Review

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I LOVE THIS BOOK. I was a little hesitant about reviewing a book about photography because I just hadn’t found a book that I felt helped ME better my photography of my family. But this book is PHENOMENAL. It was just recently released this past August and it’s one of 3 in a series. The other two books are Your Baby in Pictures and Your Child in Pictures… I plan on purchasing them both at some point!

If you’re a novice photographer and want to improve the photographs of your family, this is the book to get. There are 7 different sections to this book including:

  1. Setting Yourself Up for Success: This includes finding great light in your home, steps to setting up great photos, ideas to get your family on board, using black and white for those okay photos, and candids.
  2. Developing a Photographer’s Eye: This includes practicing framing daily moments, unpacking photos, discovering lines, shapes and textures, cues for black and white photography, darkness, and being a storyteller vs. photographer.
  3. Everyday Life: This is all about finding those ordinary moments and documenting them with great photos!
  4. Holidays: Capturing great pictures during various holidays.
  5. Family Portraits: (self explanatory lol)
  6. Tweens & Teens: Best tips for photographing your older children.
  7. Family Vacations & Travel: Lots of great tips for different types of vacation photography!

I really can’t say enough about this book, the pictures are fantastic and she gives great tips to capture your family! I still have a long way to go in the world of photography, but I love the tips that I’ve learned from this book. You can purchase this book directly from Random House (you can also see a preview of the inside at that link) or purchase it from Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review, all statements and recommendations are my own. 

With Love

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I’ve been debating all week how I wanted to go about writing this post. I didn’t post anything here, but I mentioned on my Social Media sites about 2 weeks ago that I would be taking a short hiatus from writing. My reasoning? The day I posted that our family, my in-laws to be exact, were preparing to say goodbye to this incredible woman. My children lovingly called her Big Nanny, though in fact, there was nothing big about her… that is, unless you consider the enormity of love and grace this woman possessed.

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Big Nanny loved with everything she had and everything she was. It didn’t matter how tired or ill she felt, the moment one of her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren walked into her home… she was welcoming, loving and only concerned about their well-being. She got down in the floor to play with my children, she’d hop up and immediately start throwing some kind of meal together if you were hungry, and when my daughter would grab her hand and say, “Big Nanny! Let’s go outside to pick flowers!”, she wouldn’t hesitate to throw her shoes on and head out the door. This woman emanated love.

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I will never forget the first time my husband took me to Big Nanny’s house, he was SO excited to introduce me to his Nanny. At that point, it was pretty early on in our relationship, so in the beginning I knew her as Willann. She made us breakfast, asked about my family (because of COURSE she knew my family) and as we were getting ready to leave she gave me the warmest hug and told me how glad she was to have met me. Since then I have learned so much from her, but most importantly I learned the importance of unconditional love.

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I am so thankful for the years I was blessed to have known her, and I’m beyond grateful for the years that Boogie and Bubby got to spend with her. They were short yes, but the joy I saw in the moments my children spent with her… those are memories no one could replace. My sweet girl adored her Big Nanny, I’m pretty positive that she was her FAVORITE person. They spent their moments dancing, hopping on stepping stones, picking and looking at Nanny’s beautiful flowers (she had a green thumb… you wouldn’t believe the beautiful blooms in her yard), having tea parties and tickle fests. She was the epitome of the perfect grandmother.

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My Bubby didn’t get as many years with Big Nanny, but you better believe he knew exactly what we were doing when we pulled up into her driveway to visit. The above picture is my absolute favorite… I think that picture shows more love than any of the other pictures we have combined. This woman LIVED for her family. I’m so sad that she’s gone, but I am at peace knowing that she had such a strong faith and relationship with God. I can imagine that the home Jesus prepared for her is just like the one she had here… full of beautiful plants, an enormous woodstove, and photographs of her family. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Bird won’t have the opportunity to know her like the rest of us did, but I imagine she’ll know and love Big Nanny through the stories and photographs that we all will share with her. I know without a doubt that if she could have stayed here a little longer, she would have adored our sweet Bird.

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Boogie was her very first great-grandbaby and Bird would have been her last (at least for now!)… and my babies are only 3 of the 7 great-grandchildren she had. 7 great-grandchildren, 7 grandchildren, 4 children… and an amazing legacy. She was full of life, laughter and love and she will be forever missed.

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In memory of Willann “Big Nanny”

September 10, 1942- October 7, 2014

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #41

Welcome to our Weekend Wind-Down Party!

We are a group of 4 bloggers (graphics will be updated soon!)  joined together to bring you a fantastic link party each weekend! We will begin on Friday nights as you wind down into your weekend and we anticipate your creative and amazing posts!

Please link up your diy, craft, foodie, inspirational, techie, frugal, homemaking posts! Please no giveaways or advertisements. We will each choose several features from the link up each week to highlight the following week! We will be pinning features to Pinterest and as well as social media shout-outs! So link up, visit others and have fun!

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Every week, each of us hosts will choose our favorite post from the previous week’s party to be featured. In order to be featured you MUST follow the rules and link back to us (whether that be directly in the post you linked up with, on your sidebar, or in another place on your blog – you can find the graphic with html code to the right on my blog!).

The good thing about getting your blog post FEATURED is that we share on social media, give shout outs to those bloggers, and you get that blog post FEATURED at the top of the link party posts! This is how we show our appreciation for you linking up! So check out the FEATURES!

NOW! It’s link up time!

(If you choose to link up, you can find the link up button on the sidebar to the right!)

And also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read the rules…. they are just below what you are reading now. If you do not follow the rules we WILL delete your linked posts. Thank you kindly!

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These ladies are AWESOME, I’m so excited to team up with them for this fun link up party! Don’t forget to check out their blogs and social media sites!

Danielle (My Snippets of Inspiration) - Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Nicole R. (A Living Sacrifice) - Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Sarah (Mustard Seed Mommy…ME!) - Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram

Teresa (Moms Who Save) - Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/

Link up starts tonight, October 17th, at 6pm EST!

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