The Family

During our recent Pet Shop overhaul, we decided it was about time we snagged recent snaps of this duo, considering most of our photos together were taken on blurry, hazy nights in photo booths. We love a good booth as much as you (you’ve seen our bathroom collection, right?), but we wanted something breezy and bright for our team page, and we wanted all 3 kids in on the action, too.

Yeah, right.

Even with all our wishful thinking, there are not enough self-timers in the world to capture Jack and the girls and come out sans kitty scratches and (literal) hissy fights – and on the deeper end, a visit to the ER. (We cringe at the possibilities.) Rather than rely on our tripod, we turned to our (real-deal photographer) friend Renee and squeezed ourselves in for an hour in her West Loop photo studio. Only our little mister joined in – sporting Silly Buddy bow ties borrowed from his pal, Mr. B – but the felines were there in spirit; we promise.

Not being terribly skilled on the other side of the lens, it took me more than a few minutes to act normal, but we gotta give it to Renee for making it fun and easy. We think Jack’s a natural, of course! Here are a few favorites, including some outtakes – the best parts, we think:

I’m most comfortable behind the camera; this being said, I know we haven’t always been brave when it comes to showing our faces around here. Even above, Jack steals the show! In the coming months, we’ll be slowly rearranging our bloggy format you see now, and with those visual changes, we hope to share more of our every day – more of what we love, what we do (when we’re not playing with power tools!) and what we see. And with that, we hope to share more of ourselves.

Oh, family photos. They’ve come a long way from this, haven’t they?

PS: If you’re in or around Chicago, we cannot recommend Renee enough for family photography! See her work right here.

12 replies on “The Family”

  1. These are adorable. You’re right, Jack is quite the star! I know this is quite delayed, but congrats on the relaunch of The Pet Shop. The site looks fantastic :)

  2. I love these shots. I need to get some family shots of me with the dogs- I have a ton of pictures of them, but hardly any of us together.

  3. You can’t say breezy! That totally negates the breezy!! (Can’t remember if you’re a FRIENDS fan but here’s hoping so!)

    Pictures look fun though. Great job!

    1. Thank you, everyone! Jack totally steals the show!

      Tina, good gracious, that’s awesome. (I’ve seen every episode at least 10 times. Every now and then, I like to tell Scott to PIVOT!)

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