August 20, 2014

our (first!) family photoshoot...

family photos by Lanny Nguyen |
Confession: Jay and I haven't had professional photos taken of us since our wedding. I know, I know. We're a little ridiculous. Couldn't we have even sprung for some JC Penney portraits at some point in the past almost-decade? Apparently not. A couple years ago, we did get some church directory photos taken, but they weren't anything that I was too excited to display on our walls. I've always wanted a more laid-back, casual, friendly style of photos for our family—and I was quite thrilled to finally get some a couple weeks ago. 

(Can I get a hooray? Hooray!)

My sweet friend Lanny Nguyen is currently growing her photography business, and when I found out she was going to be in town this month, I slipped a bit of a request into the conversation. "Sooooo, how do you feel about taking photos of Jay, Eisley and I? Pretty please!" She was kind enough to do these photos for us as a gift for my upcoming birthday (what a treasure!) and I had to share some of my favorites from our evening photoshoot.

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It was an absolute joy working with Lan. We worked together for a year before I became a stay-at-home-mama, and since then we have continued to develop a wonderful friendship. She's someone who I admire and respect so much—both for her talent and her heart. She's been chasing her creative dreams for the past few years, and I couldn't be more thrilled to watch her create a successful business that fulfills her true passion! Her photography is incredible—and I'll be so happy to have these photos adorn the walls of our home (and all of our relatives' homes, and our Christmas cards, and so on and so forth, amen).

When I told Lan I would be posting about the photos on my blog, she provided me with a special discount for my readers, the gem that she is. If you use me as a referral, you will receive 25% off packages that start at $200, as well as a free canvas print. She is able to take photos in any location throughout both Northern and Southern California—and be sure to take a peek at her website for more examples of recent work! If you have any questions, comments or requests, feel free to contact her through her website. You can also follow her creative goodness on Twitter or Instagram.

I feel so grateful for the sweet photos and how she captured the personality of our family so perfectly!  I'm so, so happy with each and every one.


  1. Wow, those colors are incredible! If I were in California I'd totally give her a call.

    Y'all are so adorable!

  2. Gorgeous shots of your sweet family! We're in the Bay Area and I'd love to get some pictures taken of our little family for Penny's first birthday. Just need to convince my camera-shy husband...:)

    1. Jay hates having his photo taken, and he was great for this (he scored some serious points, haha…). :) I recommend doing a casual setting like this, because it feels less staged and awkward, so hopefully that would help out you guys, too! I can't believe Penny's birthday is coming up. Slow down, time!

  3. Lan truly is the best! These are adorable, love love love them all!

  4. These photos are fantastic! You have such a beautiful family, Kerri. And that last shot with her little smile just kills me dead. Adorable!

  5. Your family is absolutely the cutest. And Jay is quite handsome. I don't think I'd ever seen a photo of him before! And that girl of yours is such a mini-me! Too cute.


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