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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Family: (n) a group of persons who form a household under one head, including parents and children.

I think this shoot holds the record for 3 things:

1) It was the COLDEST session I've ever done-

2) Because of reason #1, it would also qualify as being the quickest shoot ever!

3) This is the first post that includes a contest... Keep reading--

We had very limited time to get 4 children in pictures and back in the van to warm up in between shots. I have to admit to being worried about how they would all hold up. They were so well-behaved, just doing what they were asked without complaining once. Even the little 2 year old was happy, as long as Mom was in his sight.

Because of the fierce weather, we abbreviated how many locations we would go to, but some beautiful pictures resulted, anyway. So, it goes to show that even with limited time and temperature, some great images can be had.

I love all of the pictures, but I'm especially glad for the ones of Jim and Shannon alone- somehow we parents sometimes forget to do those shots as a couple, and I know they'll be glad they did!

Thanks again to the kiddos for being so cooperative!

Someone's growing up to be a nice young man:
The eyes have it:
So placid and quiet:
So sweet:

Shannon is a Certified Labor Assistant/Birth Doula.
I'm thinking this image should be used on her profile at her website...?

So, the contest: Whoever can guess the exact location of this shoot wins a $10 gift card to Target! Leave a comment with your guess, and I'll draw the winner from all the correct answers. I'll announce the winner on Tuesday. (Even the person who gave me the idea for this location gets a chance to win-- you know who you are. And thank you!) For those who aren't from the area, I can ship the gift card.

I'll give these two hints:

1) It's not in Europe. :)

2) It's in the Tolland County area.

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."
-Jane Howard, novelist (b. 1923)


  1. I think it is the church in downtown Rockville across from the hospital....I'm just not sure what the actual name of the church is.....

  2. Rebecca EllertFebruary 22, 2009

    Is it the chapel in Somers where you got married??? What an awesome family shoot!! Betsy!!! My goodness, what a gift you have for capturing the essesence of people and their Spirit!! I love you all!

  3. Is it "St Bernards Church" in Rockville?
    Sure looks like it
    Beautiful pictures BTW!!!
    Sharon Lamb: )

  4. Thank you! @ Shannon- Of course, anyone can 'guess'! :) Even those who KNOW. Thanks for the email; I'm thrilled that you love 'em. You all made it easy!

  5. wow! you are very very talented! those pics came out beautiful! Shannon and Jim have a wonderful family!

  6. paige andersonFebruary 22, 2009

    Those are incredibly beautiful pictures. It is either St.Bernards or Fox Hill Tower.

  7. I'm going to take a wild GUESS and say that it's a the cemetery off of Grove Street in Rockville. I believe it's called Grove Street Cemetery on Cemetery Ave. in Rockville.

    A little gem not too far from my house but not to be confused with the cemetery in my back yard (or is it front yard...)

  8. What cemetery in your yard?! Huh??

  9. great series Betsy Jo! I especially like the first one! The processing is fantastic! It really creates more of a memory than just a picture :)

    Keep up the amazing work!

    Thanks to google, this is my guess: St. Mary's Episcopal Church