This almost never happens but I was looking through some old photos a few weeks ago and I was reminded again of just how important it is to document our life.  In an attempt to change our ways, out came the camera on our beach vacation this past week.  I was vigilant and even took it to lunch and dinner with us – a big bulky 5D with a 16-35 lens sitting in my lap because there was nowhere else to sit it.  I looked like the most hardcore tourist in southern Alabama but it was worth it!  We went on vacation with our friends and we have the pictures to prove it!  Our life, or some extreme derivative of it, has been documented.  See, as we are all photographers who like being behind the camera, we took being in front to an obscene form of ridiculousness to compensate for our “in front of the camera” insecurities. :o)

It started off rather tame.  Mac much?


Once we decided to go out to the actual beach, things deteriorated rapidly… :o)


Peter Frog of Dove Wedding Photography


Fun in the Sun Phil of Phindy Studios


and Shark Boy — otherwise known as my husband


Peter was a brave soul and got into the cold ocean!


What’s a day on the beach without a good parade march?


Like the good wives that we are, we were all around to take embarrassing photos :)

Mindy, get to posting what came out of that camera! ;o)


If you haven’t seen enough of us yet, go check out Whitney’s photos on their blog


They may not be an accurate depiction of our everyday life but they make me laugh. :o)  More to come soon!


  1. Phil Thornton on March 31, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    things definitely did deteriorate rapidly … I think we should take all of our shots and make a “Visit Orange Beach” vacation pamphlet! I want to see your “big baby” shots and some of the girls!

  2. mindy on March 31, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    hysterical! i can’t stop laughing…

  3. mel on March 31, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    ahaha! I love how so far it’s only those of us who were there that are commenting on how amused we are! :o)

  4. audrey & ben on March 31, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I wasn’t there, but i heard stories of your photo shoot antics and these pictures just make it all even funnier! :)

  5. Whitney Carlson on April 1, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Ha Ha Ha Ha! Sooo funny! My favorite is of the march. And of course us with our beautiful Mac’s :)

  6. Mel Watson on April 1, 2009 at 7:42 am

    So fun!!!! Now I’m even more bummed we couldn’t make it over. Stupid moving. So happy to see more pictures of your smiling faces on the blog. :) Those are my favorite!

  7. Lynn Michelle on April 1, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Holy Silly!

  8. Sean on April 1, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Ha! Had to re-post Lynn’s twitter comment: | lynnmichelle: Goal for the year: lead a parade down the beach holding a sun umbrella.”

  9. evin on April 1, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Love love love this. So fun! Thanks for the laugh and warm wishes on a cool Nashville Wednesday :)

  10. Kristin Carolan on April 1, 2009 at 10:11 am

    These are hilarious!! So jealous you guys all got to go to the beach! :)

  11. Valerie Schooling on April 1, 2009 at 11:13 am

    These are hilarious! It’s fun to see you guys having fun…and taking pics of your own life also!

  12. Peter Carlson on April 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I heard McLellan Style takes some sexy photos. I’m so glad you were able to make me so sexy with your froggy scuba set.

    I now know why people bring photographers on vacation with them. It would totally be worth it!

  13. jessica on April 1, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    i love the fact that it’s obviously cool outside since the girls are in long sleeves, yet peter is diving in the ocean. fun fun fun!

  14. Joe Federer on April 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Hahah…. awesomeness on a whole ‘nother level.
    I especially love the snorkel shot…

  15. Cathy Crawley on April 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    These are hilarious! Thanks for the giggles :)

  16. K. Crafton on April 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    hahaha, love all of these! I wish we could have been there (stupid sickness)…looks like you guys had a blast! Have a great time in Vegas!

  17. ohana photographers - david & kimi on April 2, 2009 at 11:15 am

    shark boy!!! bahahaha! love it! glad you guys had a great time!

  18. shain on April 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

    those were amazing! I think its a great thing to let people see how much fun it is being a photographer.

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