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Family Pictures

Last year, when we visited Texas, we enlisted Ralphie’s help with this recreated family photo. In addition to the group shots, Ralphie took this one of my little family.

However, there was only the one shot, and I wanted to give Ralphie another chance to capture our little family in a more casual style. So as we planned our trip to Texas this year, I asked her to do a little photo session with us. She was more than willing. She brought a few fun props, was so good with Peanut (even though he was super grumpy and hot for most of it), was great at getting us to feel natural in front of the camera, and even let me borrow her belt. Now that is the kind of photographer you want to work with..right?

The cd of images just showed up three days ago and I have literally looked through them fifty times already. I. love. them. so. much. I had sent her a few photos ideas showing the look and feel I was going for, but the rest was all her. They are perfect. I love how most of them are not posed family shots, but rather moments that she captures as we play together.

Now all I need is a bigger house so I can print, frame and hang every single one of them.


  1. So cute! It's so weird to see little peanut standing up! He was still so little when I last saw him!

  2. Camille says:

    That black and white one where you're smooching on B is GOLDEN!

    Seriously, LOVE them!

  3. Janssen says:

    Ralphie is so ridiculously fantastic, isn't she? I'm excited to get ours done later this summer (when it's not so beastly hot).

    And we had the same problem when she took the pictures of the two of us . . . how do you choose just ONE?!

  4. Brit says:

    Oh my gosh Mer these are GORGEOUS!!!! The first one was my favorite… until I saw the second one. Then it was my favorite until I saw the third one, etc, etc, etc. They are all just beautiful! Ralphie is very talented… and she also had some pretty ideal material to work with!! You guys make a beautiful family.

  5. Rachel says:

    Oh my gosh, these pictures are amazing!!! My favorite is the one of you and peanut sitting on the white chairs- so sweet!

  6. Meg says:

    These are beautiful photos, Merrick! Hope you guys are doing well. 🙂

  7. So, So CUTE! I'm so glad the little man has good fish face genetics!

  8. I love these! Your little peanut is so cute! I especially love the recreation of your childhood photo!

  9. Emily Kate says:

    These are so cute! Love the beautiful evening light. You look all look great. And Peanut is getting so big!

  10. oh my gosh these are sooooooooo so so cute! you guys are such an adorable little family! love love love it.

  11. Chelsea says:

    Absolutely adorable!

  12. kaila sue says:

    I love these! They are gorgeous!

  13. Chelsea says:

    So beautiful!! I love those little kissy faces of B– darling! You have such a good-looking little family Merk. And you are gorgeous!

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