Sunday, January 18, 2009

Freeze Frame!

WARNING!! LOTS OF PICTURES!!

 

This Saturday we had a Birthday dinner for my Daddy, the teller of tall tales.

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My lovely niece, who is older than me by a whole year and two months and eighteen days (but who is counting) got to come in from North Carolina.  I just love it when Amanda comes in.  We used to spend lots of time together when we were younger.

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From L to R: Robin, Me, Amanda

So Saturday, I asked Deta to take a picture of me and Amanda together....

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Turned out pretty good. 

Unlike this one.....

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I was afraid that with us both having offwhite on, and being against the light colored curtains, that it would wash us out and we might just be floating heads in the picture.  So I asked Deta to take our picture with a darker background.  That's when it happened, chaos ensued.  Come on I'll show you why its so fun to be in my family......

We got our professional background out (also known as a throw) and a reflector and BAM instant studio  :) .....

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We had fun with the reflector.....

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What?? Doesn't everybody carry a reflector around to take pictures??

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I am so glad I am on this Alternative Eating Plan look at those cheeks and those jowls on my face.  :[

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Here we are trying to relax our cheeks from smiling so much

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Here is the audience that was watching

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Here is Deta taking the pictures

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Here is my Great Niece Courtney acting like a goofball

(Beat y'all didn't know I was a Great Aunt, I really am a Great Aunt)

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Courtney being bored

(actually I think she was saying will they ever stop taking pictures!!)

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Here is a picture of Jess and Courtney that I jumped into.  :)

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And then my nephew Wes saying please hurry up my arms are tired. 

When we were finished he did this....

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Brrrr its cold.....

After all those pictures, Deta and I went to her studio and I was a guinea pig for some ideas she wanted to try out.  Here are those shots.....

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Man its amazing what a talented sister, a leaf blower and photoshop can do. 

I wish my skin looked like that all the time!

(You would never guess that in those photos, I am sitting on a chair holding a leaf blower up toward my head.)

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34 comments:

Vader's Mom said...

My beautiful cousin - you guys are crazy!!! So glad we're related!!!

Carrie said...

Too funny the pictures turned out great you go girl!

Mike Golch said...

Great photos,I'm glad I stopped by.Happy birthday to you DAd,and may you have many more together.

The Thompson's said...

Oh Val that was soooo funny. Looks like you guys had a great time. And that catfish story was that of Legends!! My wife is gullible enough to believe something like that.

Tim

Trina said...

Your title made me start singing. :)

Looks like y'all had a great time, and the professional pics of you are awesome! Wish I had someonoe who would use me for practice.

Mc Allen said...

oh my, you are one hawt mama!!! Seriously, these are realllly great!!!! Now, I'm a weeeee bit thankful that we don't run around together... ☺ But, your hottie mc hottie just the same!! ♥ LA

jennifer said...

I had so much fun reading your post! I felt like I was there.

The leaf blower pictures are REALLY good. Of course having GOOD HAIR helps....

Tammy said...

Love all the photos. Looks like your family had a wonderful time together. And Happy Birthday to the teller of tales!

Love the black and white photos.

Juju said...

I LOVE this! You are a beautiful person inside and out, I mean it! I am glad we are sistas (in Christ). Love you:)

Courtney said...

Pretty Pictures Valarie. Very pretty. I've got a challenge for Lisa and Deta. Can they make me look good? :)

Mom On A Mission said...

Thanks to your title, I now have that song in my head.

I love the pictures. One with the leaf blower would be funny, though :-).

littletoesandcheerios said...

I too am a fan of pictures. It's hard to tell how many I might have!
I would love to go play in a studio like that. I think they turned out great! All the ones of your family are so cute. Good to see people laughing and being silly! How does Courtney get her mouth to do what she's doing in the first pic of her? (fun with the reflector pic)
I will think of some questions and interview you in the near future. :)

Sandy Toes said...

Wonderful pictures! How fun and your sister is talented!
-sandy toe

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Happy late birthday to your dad! That photo shoot looks like too much fun! The pictures of you are great!!! She is really good :) I will remember the blower trick! teee hee hee

mah-meeee said...

i love that first black and white picture! you look great with the hair flying in the wind, errr the leaf blower wind. :)

it looked like a blast at your dad's birthday. happy belated to him!

Southerner said...

okay, I am so going to have to get her to take an after I lose my big butt photo. You look so good in those. I also need a good family photo- AFTER I lose the big butt (this is totally putting off my life- this big butt thing!) BTW- I saw you joined the scale down Alabama- I am going to tell Lorie to tape a rope to you so we can find you!

Debbie said...

What a great family - I loved seeing all your pictures. Your picures are also very good - I hate pictures of myself (they look just like me ??).

Archie Mck said...

I love it. All this production, you guys are rock stars ;-)

MAMA said...

I think the little white dress that Robin has on is one I made for Lisa for someone's wedding.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Valarie, I like that middle pic of you, very artistic. Thanks for coming by & leaving me a note!

Well Behaved Krissy said...

omg I LOVE the hair blowing. It just makes me laugh like crazy. I miss you so much. I cant even tell you. Seriously, I'm in mourning here.

D... said...

Ya'll are so much fun! Truly.

And those last pictures? Stunning!

P.S. We also have a reflector that we pull out for pics every now & again. ;)

Louise said...

WOW those shots of you are GORGEOUS!!!
All fabulous pics,looks like a blast!!

a Tonggu Momma said...

A leaf blower? Seriously? I never would have guessed. And you look gorgeous, BTW.

Muthering Heights said...

Wow, you look very composed for having a leaf blower pointed at your head!

Simply_Pam said...

Man you all really get into picture taking.. looks like a lot of family fun !

Suzie said...

wow you look great though

XoXo Meg! said...

Sweetie, how beautiful are these pictures? Oh my goodness, what a great day...your whole family is beautiful!!

Note to self: I must learn photoshop! At my age, this may be the only thing that saves me!

tipper said...

Looks like a fun time for all-except maybe the audience :)The pics of you at the end-are beautiful! Maybe I need a leaf blower.

The McMickens said...

A leafblower???...that's awesome...and hilarious!!!

Rambling Girl said...

Great pics and seems like you really have a fun time with your family...I don't have a big family. My parents are only child so no uncles or aunts so it is sad not to have that but love to see others...I do have brothers so I have a few nephews which is great. Thanks Valarie for sharing your family!

Love your last pics also and lol at the leaf blower...would have thought a fan but not the leaf blower...

Southern Fried Gal said...

Looks like you all had a great time! Your pictures (with the leaf blower) are stunning!

.jen. said...

You are so funny! I love the photos...all of them. Esp. the leaf blower ones....

Steph said...

You look MAAAAHvelous, Dahling!

Isn't it funny what has to happen "behind the scenes" in order to get that model-look picture?

I had some "glamour shots" done once. They involved a background draping and clothespins to hold my hair up in some artsy-fashion.

You couldn't even tell in the finished product--and boy, did I look good!