Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Family Portraits

For the first time ever, the familia and I got portraits taken. We were shot by the beyond fabulous Tara Whitney. She took us down to the Balboa Fun Zone and we went for it amid crowds and onlookers and tourists. I was very nervous about getting professional photos taken. I know I can unabashedly take five billion pictures of myself to get one good one, but being under the direction of an artist . . .that's just pressure, man. In person, Tara made us feel comfortable and the shoot flew by. Also, this was my first time meeting a real life blogger so it was oddly like meeting an old friend for the first time. During the shoot I still wasn't sure if I'd be able to relax my face or how the images would turn out. Even afterwards I had my doubts, and I decided to just be pleased that we'd have quality photos of the girls. But Tara’s photos of us blew me away. I was stunned that she was able to capture how we feel for each other. She was amazing. Here are a few. This first one gives me butterflies.





Check out the rest of the album HERE. And please check out my girl, Tara.

31 comments:

kiki said...

these are too awesome. what a good looking family you have there.

Melinda said...

I'm speechless. You guys are one seriously hot family.

And by the way... that final picture in Mina's birthday post? The one of her and the pug? I don't know if it's the pregnancy hormones or what, but that picture made me bust out cryng for reals.

Lizi said...

I stumbled across your blog from Tara's and your pictures are by far the coolest I have seen her take! AMAZING!

Minda said...

Honey, you and your family are rock star gorgeous! I have been following Tara's work for years, and she makes EVERYONE she shoots so happy! Truly beautiful award winning photos!!!

LeS said...

woa! fantastic shots and at the fun zone?!?

next time we're down maybe pickleboy and I will get to hire Tara...hmmm...

madness rivera said...

Hello to the Tara visitors! And thanks for all the great comments. I really do think Tara can make you look your best.

ESB said...

good god. these are unbelievable. on multiple levels. yow. wow.

acumamakiki said...

These are just beautiful, esp. the first one. You all look amazing and you are one of the best-looking families I've EVER seen.

acumamakiki said...

That whole album gave me chills. I love Mina rocking the dress over her jeans; I bought that same dress for Ava. (=

Laume said...

I'm not pregnant like Melinda, so it isn't just the hormones. It's part the absolutely mindblowing shots the photograph captured and part the fact that your family is just plain ol' lovely. I was all misty, teary, choking up by the time I got to the shots of you and your older daughter on the beach. I'm still trying not to just get it over with and cry. It's a damn good thing I don't live near Tara because my money would already be spent.

shirley said...

You family is beautiful!! The pictues are all stunning. I enjoyed reading your blog very much you are a very down to Earth inspiring woman!!

mom2ashley said...

the pictures are all ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! it's through tara's blog that i lurked over to yours ;) your family is absolutely gorgeous!!!

andrea said...

girl, superSUPERfresh. ridiculously gorgeous.

la vie en rose said...

these are absolutely FAN-TAB-U-LOUS!!! i give you the prize for most gorgeous blogger EVER!!!

Heather said...

WOW!!! those are amazing!! Your family is stunning.

Deb R said...

That's one of the most amazing groups of photos I've ever seen. Your family is beautiful and looks so loving and fun and Tara captured all that perfectly. And how cool is it that she got some pics of y'all hanging around a photo booth?! These photos are a treasure.

lovegreendog said...

wow, theses are wonderful!

your family is beautiful, and she really did capture so much love and emotion - these are treasures

chubby-girl said...

Your photos are by far my favorites from what Tara has shot...and that's a huge compliment!

Laini Taylor said...

Gorgeous! What a beautiful family you are. I love the black & white, too. And the doggies!

amstar said...

great photos and location. I love all the smiles, the colour + B&W and the love you can feel all through.

my favourites: the top one below, the girls in door ways (also B&W) and the one with the whole family and dogs in the middle of the walkway by the arcade.

p.s. your tattoos are the b-dizzle.

--erica said...

These are absolutely amazing!!!! I adore the one againist the wall..the dancing one?
wow.

Sonia said...

you have a beyond beautiful family. WOW...you are so super lucky to have the great tara take your photos. So jealous ovah here!

dani said...

fantastic photos. the 1st one especially. this one speaks volumes about you both and her talent at capturing it. lucky you!!!!

Green Whale said...

Oh, God.

Glamorous Jo said...

Super super unbelievable.....I think that if my house caught on fire I would save pictures of YOUR family. WOW. GORGEOUS.

Misty Mawn said...

That truly is one of the most beautiful series of family photos I have ever seen...MY GOD you guys are GORGEOUS!!!

ecm said...

Wow! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful pictures. They look so natural and fun!

yolie said...

Oooooooo, that first one gave me butterflies too.
GORGEOUS!

degan said...

oh, those are gorgeous! and what a beautiful family!

degan said...

i like this one a lot as well
http://tarawhitney.typepad.com/photos/rivera/img_9141copy.html
but then, i do love the photobooths... ;)

zarischka said...

Wowsers...! IMPRESSIVE! :)