A few weeks ago, we had our family pictures taken and they turned out so brilliantly wonderful (no thanks to my rowdy children, all thanks to Blue Lily) that I wanted to share them with you.

Wendy and Tyler of Blue Lily fame drove all the way up here to random Northern Minnesota (pretty much instant BFF status when someone is willing to do that, hint, hint) to accomplish this feat of madness.

And the pictures completely exceeded my expectations. I dread family pictures with a passion. Passion! Four boys and a baby staying clean and smiley equals almost certain disaster. Except not with Wendy and Tyler.

They are indeed miracle workers.

Rad miracle workers. Plus, they travel all over the world (with their two children in tow, no less) taking pictures of you and me. And truly, they are two of the best photographers around. See for yourself. If you think you live in Timbuktu and there’s no way they’ll be in your neck of the woods, think again. They.Are.Everywhere! They’ve posted the first half of their 2013 tour, so check it out because they fill up fast. Besides a freakishly good chocolate chip cookie, what could be more rewarding than pictures that will last a lifetime?

Thanks, Tyler and Wendy! Not only are the pictures so fabulous (seriously, I’m getting a huge canvas wrap for my wall as we speak), you are kinda sorta adopted into our family-for-life for driving all the way up here, for being patient with my children, for becoming fast friends, and for making us laugh at the DQ after the shoot. Safe travels!



P.S. I’m not obligated to tell you about Blue Lily. I just think Wendy and Tyler are honest to goodness awesome people who take awesome pictures and when I know about a good thing, I want you to know about it, too!

If you’d like to check out past Snapshot Saturdays, click HERE.

46 Responses to Snapshot Saturday

  1. Jacqueline says:

    A very beautiful family! :-)

  2. Rhonda says:

    Those are awesome !! Thanks for
    adding snapshot Saturday I love it =)

  3. Heidi says:

    Gorgeous!! Love the vivid colors!

  4. Jill says:

    :) Love it. Gives me hope, I’m always terribly flustered with my three!

  5. Charlotte Moore says:

    Such great pictures!!! Handsome crew too!

  6. Deb says:

    Just darling, Mel! What a fantastic family :)

  7. Debra says:

    FANtastic photo’s!

  8. Charlotte says:

    What a gorgeous, beautiful family and an amazing setting!!! My compliments to your photographer, but, REALLY, how could she go wrong with those sweet faces?
    Thanks for sharing. Gotta add that I’m flabbergasted you have time for cooking!

  9. Beautiful family pic!!! What a great setting for it, too!

  10. Erin says:

    So cute! They turned out beautiful! (and you look awesome after having your 5th baby BTW……)

  11. Great pics Mel! And I love me some autumn northern MN woods. You’re makin’ me homesick. Enjoy having these treasures on your wall!

  12. Deepa says:

    Awesome pics Mel…you have a beautiful family.And you are one hot mama!!!

  13. Karen says:

    What a great picture! Thanks for sharing…..you have a beautiful family (inside and out)!

  14. Jessica says:

    Seriously, you are way too skinny to have had 5 kids and have a cooking blog. That’s insane. You will have to share that secret some day! Beautiful family!

  15. sara says:

    Beautiful photos, Mel!

  16. sueb says:

    Amazing pictures of a beautiful family. Just found your site and love it!

  17. Sheila H says:

    I have the same dread of family photos, which is why we have super old photos in the house. Thanks, I have already contacted them for more info when they are in our area. AND it has taken me 4 years and a personal trainer to get my “baby weight” off, so I am gawking at your trim and fit pictures.

  18. Jen T says:

    Wow! Beautiful!

  19. Holly T says:

    I have been a fan of your website for over a year now, and let me just tell you – YOU ARE AMAZING! Five little ones and an amazing cook who also has the ability to organize this great website (which my cooking would be sub-par without). My two boys keep me super busy as it is and I just found out we have another one on the way and was a little overwhelmed about the closeness, but these great pics just gave me hope. You are an example to all of us mommies. You are a super mom and what a cute family!

  20. Brooke says:

    those are the cutest pictures EVER! i’m so jealous cause of course i’ve already heard about them from NIE NIE dialogues! and you look so hot and skinny after your number 5! and having a dang food blog too! wow! impressed!

  21. Megan says:

    Beautiful family!

  22. Leigh Anne says:

    What wonderful photos! AND your family is sooooo stinkin’ adorable! I also dread family photos, but am really needing to get some done ASAP! The kids change so quickly. I just spent WAY too long looking over Blue Lily’s website….ah-mazing! Cannot imagine traveling all over the world like they do, but wowsa!……their pics are breathtaking! Thx for sharing :)

  23. Leigh Anne says:

    Forgot to ask….would you mind if I “pinned” the 1st photo to my photo ideas board? I love the setup! I’d love to save it as an idea for our family photos…..I have 2 older boys & baby girl…..thx :) (if not, I totally understand :)

  24. Veronica says:

    Wonderful photos! You have a beautiful family and Blue Lilly did great work!

  25. Valerie A. H. says:

    So sweet!!!!

  26. Jennifer Smith says:

    Now we all miss you more. Did not think that possible.

  27. Ruth says:

    Wow, thank you for sharing these photos with your on-line family. They are absolutely fabulous! The first thing I thought of when I saw the pics is, “what a beautiful family!” The second thought was “how does she do it?” I have twin daughters—-grown now– and there were many times that I thought I would absolutely lose my mind. I use to keep a magnet on my frig that said “Insanity is inherited. You get it from your children.” One of my grown daughters (who now has two children of her own) told me recently that she use to wonder what the saying on that magnet meant. She told me, “Now I know!”

  28. Em says:

    So cute. The first one is my favorite. I’m with you- I have 4 girls and I dread family pictures, but I love the finished product. Fixing hair and finding outfits for 4 girls plus myself is stressful to say the least! Yours turned out great.

  29. Jamy says:

    Cute Cute Cute Cute!!!

  30. daphne says:

    beautiful family. .what an inspiration! wish I could have a family like this in the future :D

  31. Bonnie says:

    I am thinking about booking Blue Lily when they are in Paris. Did you think that 45 minutes was enough??

  32. Kim in MD says:

    Mel…your family is so beautiful! The photos are gorgeous, and I am amazed that Blue Lily will travel anywhere! Thanks for sharing their info with us!

  33. Ruchita says:

    What great pictures! Your family is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. This brought a smile to my face while sitting here at work on a Monday morning. :-)

  34. susan says:

    Beautiful family! I also had 4 boys, then a girl… then 2 more boys!

  35. Beautiful family, beautiful backdrop and beautiful photos! Family photos are a priceless treasure!

  36. You choose the perfect location for the pics. The scenery is amazing but you all look soooo happy, it´s wonderful to see! And you look awesome after giving birth just yesterday Mel! The way your boys grin when they smile cracks me up every time.

  37. Deb says:

    Mel!!!! I love the pictures!! They are stunning. It is so nice to see all your smiling faces. We miss you more than you know!! Hugs….

  38. Jennifer A says:

    Great photos! Beautiful family. Congrats on keeping the sanity during this transition.

  39. April says:

    I’ve been cooking off your site for a year and a half or so and keep on meaning to make a comment. This seemed like the perfect time since Tyler is actually my brother. I’ve definitely fed him some of your recipes so although he may not know it, he’s eaten your yummy food before ever meeting you. Small world!

    At any rate, thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes. I made my family the Creamy Swiss Cheese Chicken Bake and Colorado Creme tonight. They were all talking about how lucky they were to have a mom/wife who cooks so well. We all love you. Whenever I make a really good new recipe my husband asks if it’s from your site and nine times out of ten it is.

  40. Lynn Butterfield says:

    Beautiful family pics! TY for your delicious recipes!!!

  41. Camille says:

    Fantastic pictures!!!

  42. Kelley says:

    There’s so much life in these photos. I love how natural they look!

  43. Cammee says:

    Stunning!! I love them! I despise getting pictures taken too. It is so stressful! The last ones we did my three year old told me I was an angry gorilla.

  44. Melynda @ Our Sunday Cafe says:

    Wow! Everyone rocks! I too hate family pictures, cause they just don’t turn out. Love love love yours.

  45. Jessica says:

    Not sure how I missed this post! These are great. My sister-in-law is a photographer and she has the same gift. The ability to get the best picture in whatever circumstance. You have an adorable family. Your daughter will be well protected as she grows where our son is well mothered.

  46. Kim says:

    This is a wonderful family photo!
    After 5 kids how do you look so great Mel, what is your secret???

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