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This is our Bliss in-home shoot - bedroom 2 - thisisourbliss.com

Can we get real for a second?

I’ve never been so terrified in my LIFE! All kidding aside, I didn’t realize the nerves that were going to creep up over me when it was go-time.

I mean… I have a lot of fun (am I about to say this?) during our family photoshoots, for the most part. There are, of course, several lengthy intervals of tantrums and full-out posing DENIED when it comes to trying to photograph the boys, but our photographer is so kind. so patient. And no matter what, always finds a way to capture us having fun, smiling, one of the boys gazing at the other, etc. But, when it was my turn to be in front of the camera…alone…I was just plain nervous.

I had asked Robin, our family’s photographer to come over to take some headshots so I could use them to update my blog’s sidebar image and have photos to use as my profile picture across my social media accounts. We thought doing them in the house and some outside would make the most sense, and where I would be comfortable and feel at-home.  But, it was like high school senior pictures – volume 2. It felt strange to pose, and by pose, I of course mean look absolutely natural and normal in an everyday around the house kind of way!! Not only did I have to worry about myself, but I was always worried about the house! We shot a ton of photos outside becuase it was a warm fall day, but we took quite a few in the house and I tried to zjush things just so and then run back to my “spot” and say cheese.

Well, it turned out to be a lot of fun! And the pictures? I love them! Robin did a wonderfully awesome job!

I didn’t know what to do with the hundreds of pics of myself. So, lucky you, I’m going to share them (don’t worry, not all of them) today! Here are a few of my favorites from our time together that day.

This is our Bliss in-home shoot - bedroom - thisisourbliss.com This is our Bliss in-home shoot - bedroom 2 - thisisourbliss.com This is our Bliss in-home shoot - bedroom 1 - thisisourbliss.com

These were shot in the master. Of course, just working away 😉
[Check out my plans for this space here for the “New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge”!]
This is our Bliss in-home shoot - chair - thisisourbliss.comIn our guestroom, sitting in the chair I reupholstered last year for the ORC.
This is our Bliss in-home shoot - brick wall 1 - thisisourbliss.com This is our Bliss in-home shoot - brick wall - thisisourbliss.comThen we headed outside to catch some shots in the yard and by the house. These you probably recognize from my profile pictures.
This is our Bliss in-home shoot - outside - thisisourbliss.com This is our Bliss in-home shoot - brick - thisisourbliss.comThis is our Bliss in-home photoshoot - Fall 2015 - outside - thisisourbliss.com This is our Bliss in-home photoshoot - Fall 2015 - outside brickwall - thisisourbliss.comYou can’t see much of this outdoor space, but you can read more in my outdoor oasis series here. I made a few updates this past year, but they didn’t make it to the blog!
This is our Bliss in-home photoshoot - Fall 2015 - downstairs patio - thisisourbliss.comOur back deck staircase…
This is our Bliss in-home shoot - back deck staircase - thisisourbliss.comThen a few on our front stoop by one of my favorite spots in our house – our front door. It IS the sole reason we bought the house 😉 I just love it.
This is our Bliss in-home shoot - front entryway - thisisourbliss.com This is our Bliss in-home shoot - front door - thisisourbliss.comThis is our Bliss in-home shoot - formal living room - thisisourbliss.comAnd finally back inside to the formal living room.
This is our Bliss in-home shoot - formal living room chairs - thisisourbliss.comMy first gallery wall in the house is in this room and has remain untouched until I spruced up the wall & the rest of the living room for Christmas this past year.
This is our Bliss in-home shoot - formal living room gallery wall - thisisourbliss.comI talk a little bit about this gallery wall here – how to create the look and why its so special to me.
This is our Bliss in-home shoot - living room - thisisourbliss.comAnd that’s a wrap, folks!

A huge, mega big thank you to Photography by Robin Joy LLC for these wonderful photos! She is truly the very best to work with and our family is so grateful that she’s been able to capture our special moments & milestones over the last 3 years. If you are local to the Chicago area and are in need of a family photographer, she is your girl!

Thanks for reading today friends! See you back soon!

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New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge | Master Bedroom Week 1: Before Pictures + Inspiration Board
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  • domesticcharms
    January 23, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Oh, honey, you are gorgeous! And so is your house.

  • Corinna - ADesignerAtHome
    January 17, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    These shots are SO good! You look so happy and beautiful.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 19, 2016 at 12:23 PM

      Thanks, Corinna! I really wanted them to be casual and fun! And that’s how I feel they turned out! Thanks for stopping by 😉

  • hena tayeb
    January 15, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    great pictures

  • Stephanie @ Casa Watkins
    January 15, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Stunning photos!!! They all were fabulous. I’m not photogenic at all and your photos are stunning.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 19, 2016 at 12:21 PM

      Stephanie – thanks so much. I was really happy with how they turned out and everyone has been so sweet with their notes after I posted about them. Thanks again!

  • Kristi
    January 15, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Well, speechless – I have always know you were a “looker”, but this is PROOF. Beautiful, stunner, breathtaking, just to name a few. Your hubby is one lucky man – not only is he married to a incredibly smart woman, but she is a hotty too!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 19, 2016 at 12:21 PM

      Oh Kristi! Ha! Thank you 🙂 I’ll be sure to tell Ted and remind him… in case he forgot lol Thanks, girl!

  • Debbie Tibbs
    January 14, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Rachel, the photos came out great! You’re so cute! Are you going to any blogging conferences this year?

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 19, 2016 at 12:19 PM

      Thanks so much, Debbie!! I am pretty sure I’m going back to Haven again this summer, but haven’t looked into any others. What about you?

  • Lauren@SimplyLKJ
    January 14, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Fantastic photos. You look amazing and you have a beautiful home. Love a gallery wall with so much meaning.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 19, 2016 at 12:19 PM

      You’re too sweet, Lauren! Thank you! It ended up being a lot of fun – so glad I decided to do it! You guys have made me feel so good about not only taking them, but sharing them, too! Thanks again 😉

  • D
    January 14, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    You look beautiful in all the pictures! I really like the one on the deck staircase because it looks so chill and not forced 🙂

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 19, 2016 at 12:17 PM

      Aww thank you! When I look back at the shots taken on the steps, I think the same thing. I remember feeling relaxed & comfortable!! Have a great day!

  • Samantha @ Place in Progress
    January 14, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    Love them! Something I’ve also been meaning to do, but am terrified to “model” for them. LOL Yours turned out beautifully! 🙂

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 19, 2016 at 12:16 PM

      Thanks, Samantha! I procrastinated in getting them set-up but am so glad they are out of the way now! Maybe I’ll even take more later this year ha!

  • Charisse
    January 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Never realized how much you look like your Momma! So beautiful:).

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 14, 2016 at 11:36 AM

      You’re too sweet! Thanks, Charisse! I’ve been told that all my life and I’m ok with that 😉 thanks again!