Us. The Outtakes.

January 3, 2013

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A big part of our blog redesign, that many of you already commented on, was getting a new photo taken of us for our sidebar and about us page.  When I am reading a blog, I really like knowing whom I am reading about.  I need a visual.  Are you the same?  Fortunately, my sister Andi (short for Andrea) is the photographer behind Doublclik and while she was staying with us for a few days after Christmas she offered to snap our mugs and the wall in the living room seemed like the perfect place to do it. The ones we chose were definitely the best for the purpose, but we couldn’t resist sharing some outtakes.  Who doesn’t love outtakes?!
For the first set of photos, we moved our couch and scooted our his and her chairs into place and this was one of the first photos that was captured:

Do we look enthused or what?! Chris? Hon? And although I think my hand was resting on my shoulder–it is coming across as a “gee golly here we go!” sort of gesture which doesn’t match our expressions at. all. This must have been when Andi told us we’re “looking a little dead,” which made us laugh and the photo on our about us page was taken. Does that mean our half-dead selves got the assist? Nice.

Kids, avert your eyes.

As if our blog name wasn’t mushy enough. Yeesh!  After we took a few sitting in our respective chairs, we were directed to take a few standing shots.  Hmm, standing shots are not our forte.  Like, what do we do?!  Stand here and what? Apparently I really struggle what to do with my leg:

I panicked. For the record, that is my favorite picture of Chris smiling ever. He looks so proud. After a few more frames of not knowing what to do, we pulled out our best crazy we could.

So flattering and totally appropriate for our blog profile, right? To round out the standing positions–we got all prom pose for the camera.

Chris’s suggestion. After that 10 minutes of giving our best awkward standing poses, we scooted a bench in the shot and a few paint cans, a roller and a laptop and we got our front page profile photo.

Have you ever been professionally photographed in your home?  This was our first time and it felt so comfortable and relaxed and us, even with all of the equipment and lights set up. Plus, way down the road we’ll be able to laugh and reminisce about our furniture and paint colors, I’m sure.

Psst. Check out more of Andi’s magazine-ready work on her blog, Doublclik.

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  1. farrah says:

    i love these pics and your blog.

  2. Tabbitha says:

    The new look for your blog is outstanding Julia!!! So easy on the eyes. Over Christmas break my husband and I gave my blog a “face lift” as well. Its like getting a new wardrobe isn’t it?! Again, I love the new look!

  3. You guys!!!!!! adore. YOUR LEG in that picture is so cute. I am so not photogenic. I am awkward every single time when a picture is forced and I need to look my best! Love that shirt color and the wall in your living room is sooooo amazing.

  4. Really, really love the new look! Great job!

  5. Really, really love the new look! Great job!

  6. Lisa P. says:

    So enjoy your blog! Always great fun/inspiring to see your projects. Question -not a criticism – is the new font a lot smaller or is it just me?

  7. Love the new look! And your outtake shots are hilarious! :)

  8. Such cute photos! I love the way it looks against your fun wall :)

  9. These are so fun. :) I love the outtakes! So cute.

  10. Soooo cute! Loving the ones you chose!

  11. vicks27 says:

    I like the one with your tongue out : P

  12. You look funny and cute together.

  13. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! I love how they all turned out, even the awkward outtakes. Love the his’n’hers chair setup especially.

  14. Jane says:

    HAhaha. i LOVE this. the first outtake is my favorite. i love the set up for this photo…great wall, love the his/her chairs, and you two beautiful people.

  15. These totally made me giggle! Love the new blog look and the photos. So fab!! :)

  16. Sarah-Nadine says:

    I do need a visual of the people I am ready about.

    That picture of you with your “flamingo leg” cracks me up. My husband always laughs at me when I do that or other funny things with my legs. Must be a tall person thing :-). Love your blog and the new design.

  17. K says:

    First of all, I totally need a picture of who I am reading about. I always look for the authors picture when I am reading a memoir.

    Secondly, and I apologize if you have already discussed this (I’m new to your blog), but I am thinking of ordering 2 of those ikat chairs. Did you get yours from Target? Do you like it?

  18. Love the outtakes. You never really think how hard it is to get the perfect shot.

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