We haven't taken a family photo in awhile. I think the last one was our globe photo when I was pregnant (not counting iPhone pics after Ella was born). So today I didn't even ask- I did casually mentioned to Mike that I was bringing along my camera. He could hardly contain his excitement. It's challenging to be in the photos when you're the photographer. I honestly never had a desire to be in them until recently, as I've been shifting to a lifestyle approach. When shooting lifestyle, I often have the mind frame that "I'm capturing moments I'd want of myself & family." Someday I'll have someone shoot a lifestyle session of us; for now, the self-timer & Ry's press of the shutter will keep us current with family photos. It's cliche, but photos are so, so important. For these current photos, I am thankful.