All of their children and grandchildren gathered to celebrate Janet and Jerry's golden wedding anniversary. It was a wonderful celebration and a gift of love and dedication to your daughters, sons-in-law, and your grandchildren.
It was warm, sunny and a perfect fall day to drive out to Lake Michigan. I only had my point and shoot camera with me and no tripod. But sometimes when you are limited, cool things happen. I propped the camera up on a bench, we sat in front of it and got this great family portrait (well after a few tries of me doing the 10 second dash back and forth from the camera!) So get your camera or cell phone out and take group pictures. Your family will appreciate it!
In 2013, a group of photographers and I wrote monthly letters to our kids. It was a great way to photograph them throughout the year. The images of the kids for our holiday card were from one session. When I tried to get a photo of all of us, nothing seemed to be working. So we went with what we got! See you next year!
In 2012, I took a self portrait every single day. Some days I didn't want to take my picture and other days I took the time to create something unique. One of the best outcomes of the project is that I took so many family portraits that year.
We decided to do something different for our Christmas card this year. One, Two, Three .... Jump!
2011 was a big year for Bauerschmidt Portraits because I became a Certified Professional Photographer! I passed a written exam and submitted 20 photographs for review. For one of my certification images, I had to create depth. So I played with the Christmas lights as part of the backdrop. I used that technique for our Christmas card.
As I continue down memory lane, we are now to 2008. Little E brought such warmth and love into our family. He was a happy, cubby baby. M and E were hardly jealous of him since they had each other to play with. Now we were a family of five!
I began taking photography courses at the beginning of 2007 and I started my Bauerschmidt Portraits business that summer. In the fall, I was scouting a photography location for a client at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, so I took the kids with me. They were the perfect images for our holiday card. It was also our last holiday as a family of four, since I was just pregnant with Little E for the 2007 holiday season.
As I look back at the pictures from 2006, I am amazed at how much M & E have grown in a year. As two year olds, they are taller than their Christmas stockings. And E finally has hair which is curly. She also got her glasses right before the holidays. They are best friends, love each other dearly and still do.
I very clearly remember going to a photography studio at the mall for our holiday photo. It was a triumph to get there with two 17 month old toddlers. First the photographer was late. Then his first comment to us was how hard it is to photograph 17 month olds so the pictures probably wouldn't be very good. That might not have been the best way to start our portrait session! This was literally the only photo that was good.
Here are the few that I took at home. I love how the kids have each other's stockings.