Family Pictures

Before we left Utah, I really wanted to get some family pictures taken. Obviously we wanted the baby in the photos, and obviously I wanted as much time after he was born before we took them so I could look as non-pregnant as possible, but with Philip already working out in California, we took our one opportunity when he was home for a weekend and got them done.

Buck was only two weeks old and it was about 15 degrees outside, so none of us were really thrilled to be out there, but Marie did an awesome job and I’m beyond thrilled with how they turned out.

Here’s a few of our favorites.

favorite, favorite! 

If you’re looking for a photographer, and live in Utah county or Salt Lake county, definitely check out Bloom and Grow Photography!

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  1. Jenni says:

    These are the cutest! You guys look adorable! I adore your cute dress….where is it from? LOVE!

  2. Julia Wilson says:

    Peanut is so darn photogenic! You have a beautiful family πŸ™‚

  3. Your family is beautiful! And you look fantastic.

  4. Dasha says:

    Beautiful photos – what a gorgeous family!

  5. So precious! Love your photos πŸ™‚

  6. Mrs Gray says:

    Love them all! What a treasure to have some from Utah before you moved.

  7. My goodness! Peanut's brown eyes are just gorgeous! What a beautiful color. And what a beautiful family too!

  8. Packrat says:

    Great pictures! Too bad it was so cold.

  9. Lauren says:

    Oh my! We'd probably cancel getting our pictures done if were in the 40s here in FL. Can't imagine 15˚! Adorable shots, though.

  10. Emily Beth says:

    Aww, these are adorable! What a great looking family!

    Emily Beth

  11. Your children are so beautiful! Lovely family πŸ™‚

  12. Tara says:

    beautiful family!!

  13. Landen says:

    So awesome. I love all the pictures where Peanut is staring down the camera!

  14. Sarah S. says:

    Adorable! Thay all look great.

  15. Brittany says:

    You guys are seriously gorgeous πŸ™‚ The pictures came out great!

  16. kimmie says:

    I love these pictures! Peanut is absolutely ADORABLE. Such a beautiful family πŸ™‚

  17. CC says:

    Love these photos! So sweet. I think my favorite is the second to the last where your Peanut has his head on your shoulder and is the only one looking at the camera. So adorable. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your sweet family.

  18. Lindsay says:

    Beautiful photos! You are absolutely stunning. I am checking Marie out now to take pictures of my husband and I — since I am totally unphotogenic and need all the help I can get. πŸ™‚

  19. Laura says:

    Oh my goodness! These pictures are so beautiful. πŸ™‚ I think my favorite is also you favorite as well.


  20. Marie says:

    Merrick – thank you so much for this post! You have a beautiful family. Wish you still lived here so I could photograph you every year!

  21. Wow! The orange leaves against the snow is stunning! I wish that's what winter always looked like!

  22. Simply me says:

    Wow this came out beautifully!

  23. Love the pics! Super classy… and those boys are adorable!

  24. These are stunning! Where is your dress from? You guys look absolutely beautiful, seriously.

  25. Ash says:

    I'm a little late, but I was having trouble commenting yesterday and gave up πŸ™‚ These are beautiful! You look so pretty and the boys look adorable… I just love them.

  26. Lucy says:

    Beautiful pictures and gorgeous family! Can I ask (like several people above :)) where you purchased your dress? I love the orange and floral combo! You look stunning in it!

  27. Kelly says:

    These are incredibly sweet. I love the lighting – the sun is at THE perfect height πŸ™‚

  28. Beautiful pictures!!! Love your blog too!

    Rachel Ashley

  29. Nicole says:

    You're so beautiful & your family is adorable!

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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. πŸ™‚

  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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