Family Portrait Session | Raleigh Family Photographer

Janeal has been one of my good friends for almost as long as I can remember. When I was 8 years old, my family moved from Nevada to Arizona. Janeal and I met when our families had a get-together at a local Mexican restaurant (oh, how I miss authentic Mexican food!!), and we’ve been friends ever since. I’ve moved around a lot since high school (from AZ back to UT, back to AZ, and then BACK to UT, and finally here to the Raleigh-Durham area), but we’ve always kept in touch throughout the years. Facebook has definitely made it easier to keep up with old friends.:)

It was so good to spend some time catching up with her when I had the chance to visit Phoenix a few weeks ago with my mom. It’s crazy to think about how much things have changed – we both have husbands, and families, and financial responsibilities, and and and… But she hasn’t changed THAT much – she’s still one of the most beautiful, approachable people I’ve ever met. And I’m still jealous of all her hair.;)

Janeal asked me to photograph her family while I was there. It was a whirlwind trip (babysitting twin nephews while trying to visit as many friends as possible is a lot of work), and we didn’t have time to scout out locations, so we decided to keep it simple and take advantage of the shady areas in her backyard.

I think everyone needs an up-to-date portrait with their spouse.

Her kiddos are equally beautiful. They all have the most amazing eye color!

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Nanny in Raleigh - February 16, 2011 - 12:28 am

We really enjoyed working with you guys!


Great session! Love these family photos!

Boston Child Photographer - September 10, 2010 - 7:57 am

You have such talent! Their eyes simply pop – wonderful captures.

Sonja - September 9, 2010 - 7:23 pm

Those EYES! I LOVE your sepia conversions.

Vanessa German, NC Photographer - September 3, 2010 - 10:06 pm

Beautiful kids. What fun shots of them!

Paula Swift - Boston Photographer - August 27, 2010 - 12:29 pm

Wow Shallyse these are amazing! I love the personalities you captured and the light you caught in their beautiful eyes!

Nannette Brenchley - August 27, 2010 - 12:04 pm

p.s. I think you could even make me look good…LOL

Nannette Brenchley - August 27, 2010 - 12:03 pm

Shallyse!!!! These actually brought tears to my eyes. I love my kids and they are ALL beautiful… I think you have a magic lens or are just incredibly talented…
Could you email the shots of Carter and Kennedy? I want to surprise Kasie…

Thanks for much for taking the time. I know how crazy it gets to be on vaca and try to see everyone. We feel especially blessed to spend two days with you and your mother.

Lori Hiatt - August 26, 2010 - 8:27 pm

Wow, amazing, couldn’t wait to see them and they are incredible as usual.

La @ The Curvy Life - August 26, 2010 - 7:54 pm

Simply beautiful family photography, They have such lovely eyes!!


Janeal - August 26, 2010 - 3:46 pm

Wow Shallyse! Thanks so much for taking the time to snap a few shots of my family while you were here. I don’t think I’ve ever LOVED pics of ALL of us so much. You are a magician!

Jana Hill | Oklahoma Photographer - August 26, 2010 - 2:18 pm

Is it really fair for a family to all have eyes that gorgeous? Shallyse, these are fantastic! Goes to show you that a great photographer can take great photos anywhere.

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