The Agony of Getting Ready for Family Portraits - Columbus Ohio Family Photography

We all want them, those beautiful family portraits. Where we ditch the messy bun and put on some makeup and a pretty outfit and pretend that's what we look like all the time. Where our kids hair is combed and our husband is in a button down and we look perfect.

We all know it's not quite that easy, especially if you have children under the age of 8 years old. The planning, the date, the outfits, and OMG what am I going to do with my hair! Not to mention, knowing that your 2.5 year old is going to be the biggest challenge. You've been practicing with her so she'll give that perfect, dimple-cheeked smile and she's doing great. She takes a nap, Ooh thank goodness she napped - she's going to be in the best mood! So you jump in the shower, get your 5 year old bathed and feel like you're ahead of the game.... Ooh, but then the little one wakes from her nap with full bed head in the worst mood ever. Refuses to get in the bath. You need her to bathe so you can wash and comb through her Medusa Goddess of Darkness hair. Finally after a 30 minute fit you get her in the tub. Whew, one step closer. You throw on your makeup, curl your hair and attempt to get everybody dressed. Everybody is ready, but her... Ooh gosh she's refusing to wear the dress, rips it off breaking the strap. You have NOTHING else that will match to put her in and you have to leave in 10 minutes and look outside and OMG it looks like it's about to rain!

Sound familiar? Ooh getting ready for family portraits. It's not easy. It can take all day, and let's face it, nobody really wants to do it. But, you want those memories, those moments... and for goodness sake you want a photo you are actually in with your family, with your kids and with your husband where you don't look like you just got home from yoga, but you didn't actually go to yoga!

I photograph dozens of other families, especially in the fall. I am with you, I know what you went through to get everybody ready, to get their hair done, outfits picked and get yourself ready. I feel your pain. But ooh it is so worth it. So absolutely worth it when you get those images. And while your 2.5 year old didn't really cooperate or give as many of this dimple-cheeked smiles, you're just so happy it all came together.

Here are a few of my absolute favorites from our recent family session. I'm so blessed to have such an amazing friend and talented photographer, Lynn of Lynn Leitch Photography, who was able to catch these precious moments for me. And while she gave me the memory card so I could edit them, there was not much that needed to be done because they were so perfect. Thank you so much my dear, you made us look good!

Sister-Cousins! Columbus Ohio Children's Photographer

For the past 3 years I have had the absolute pleasure of photographing these 4 beautiful little girls. Their grandma books this session each year for her 4 grandaughters. These 2 sets of sisters coordinate their amazing outfits and this year they were just adorable all dressed in the most stylish plaid skirts from Justice. Just look how seet they all are, they look like models right out of a Justice advertisement!

Having the opportunity to watch these little blond's grow each year has been such a pleasure and I can't even wait to see them again next year and plan out another amazing shoot.

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Sweet Isla - Newborn Photographer Columbus, Ohio

August was an exceptionally busy month for Gable Photography and me personally. My oldest daughter started kindergarten and in the midst of my regular sessions I also do school portraits for the Barrington School. Our new schedule and school portraits definitely threw me off my normal routine a little bit. But having this precious girl and her beautiful family in the studio for her newborn photography session helped me get right back to my comfort zone! What an absolute angel she was, and seeing her big brothers dote after her was just the sweetest.

With October around the corner there will be a lot of family portrait sessions coming up. I'm excited to see so many of the returning families I've photographed over the years. Fall is always a crazy time of year for me, hoping to try to stay sane this year and enjoy the season with my own family a little bit too!

Studio Maternity Session - Columbus Ohio Maternity Photographer

This beautiful mama to be called me inquiring about a maternity session. I was technically booked, but I just have the hardest time turning anybody away, especially maternity and newborn clients. So we squeezed in a mini maternity session at the studio and OMG, she was amazing! I can't even decide which I like best. She showed up with her hair and makeup done and we provided the outfits. Many people don't know that we have many wonderful items for all of our maternity mamas to use.

If you're interested in a maternity session with Gable Photography contact us today for more information!

Twice as Precious - Newborn twins photographer Columbus, Ohio

When these two's mama contacted me about doing their newborn photos, I was technically booked for August, but OMG I can't ever turn down twins. I just adore photographing two precious little babies together. Posing them holding hands and snuggling is just the most heartwarming and absolutely precious things I get to witness in my profession. And these two little guy's were no exception. Seriously, they made my job so easy and just made me swoon like crazy each time I posed them.

Mom came in today for her ordering session and I got to see them again. Both were sleeping like the little angels they are. I'm so excited to watch them grow up!

A Buckeye and a Bear - Newborn photographer Columbus, Ohio

With a former Ohio State Buckeye and NFL football player for a daddy, we just had to incorporate some football and OSU themed props into this guy's session. While he made the most adorable little buckeye for sure, mom just absolutely fell in love with the shots of him as a little bear. I have to admit, I did too. This little bear was just a sweetheart for his session and just look at how much mommy and daddy adore him!