This is us in 2016! Family Portraits

I don't know about you, but this time of year always makes me nostalgic, thinking about years gone by, and it makes me regret the fact that I didn't do more family portraits over the years, especially when my kids were young. As I see my kids grow and change and mature I realize that it won't be long until they are grown up and getting on with their own lives, so it's my goal to do annual family portrait for as long as I can.

I usually only do family portraits outdoors because my indoor studio space isn't very big, but this year I thought I'd try an indoor session. Harold and I recently painted a few canvas backdrops and I've been using them a lot lately.   I've also been experimenting with my indoor lighting options.  I still have a few kinks to work out, but for the most part I'm happy with the results.  

The problem with family portraits is that,  most kids and most husbands want the portrait session to be short!...and my family is no exception. We take our family portraits with a self-timer so it takes MANY tries to get a decent shot, and I'm a tad bit OCD, so our portrait sessions are never short.  But this year I tried my best and kept it to a mini-session. 

So here's our 2016 Mortensen Family Portraits.    Merry Christmas from our family to yours!