Our Trip to the Beach {Family Photography}

By the end of this week fall will be here... Can you believe it?  It is my absolute favorite season and always has been! 

But this summer was pretty spectacular.  We were lucky enough to take not one, but two trips to the beach.  The first one, in June, was a great trip with family on my husband's side to the San Diego area. It was so much fun and we packed a lot into it with the grandparents, cousins, aunt and uncles, and great grandma.

But there is just something about winding down the summer with just the three of us and three days of doing absolutely nothing, other than hanging out at the ocean in Orange Beach, Alabama.  We did just that the week before school started back up.  It was nothing short of perfection. 

Our first night there we kicked off our trip with a quick family self portrait session!  I treasure these pictures so much and love how they turned out!

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I have to give props to my assistant photographers... Campbell (our 11 year old son) photographed Rob and me and Rob photographed Campbell and me.  The rest of the images (including the family tripod shot) were shot by yours truly.

Sometimes it is hard for me to get in front of the camera, but I'm so glad I did.  We even ordered nine of them as a canvas cluster that is now hanging in my studio so I can look at it everyday!   I'll be sharing the canvases with you soon in a separate post!

Campbell in California {Child Photography}

Last week was perfection.  We spent Sunday to Sunday in the San Diego area on a trip with my husband's family (12 of us in total!) to celebrate my in-law's 45th anniversary.  San Diego has always been on my list of places I want to live someday.  And now it is on my son's radar, too! 

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Color version of the triptych on http://www.facebook.com/tracy.croysdale in cover images.

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The whole crew on the beach for a family shot for a giant tripod selfie. More family vacation images to come!

Left to right:  Brother-in-law (Bryan), nephew (Adam), sister-in-law (Allison), niece (Lesley), brother-in-law (David), mother-in-law (Lesley), father-in-law (Dennis), nephew (Zachary), great grandma (Jan), yours truly (Tracy), my son (Campbell), and my husband (Rob).

Austin Time {Texas Family Photographer}

I know you have seen this family on my blog before... They are some of my favorite people in the world!  Seriously, it makes me happy when I get to go photograph Angela, Blake, and King in Austin each year.  King is now 4 1/2 years old and his personality is just so infectious.  Lots of smiles, silly faces, and such fun!  We had a blast playing in Bull Creek on a summer morning.  Love you guys!

Southwest Summer Vacation {Dallas Photographer's Travels}

Sorry for my absence... I just returned home from a great road trip of the Southwest with my husband and son.  It was a lot of driving, and I am so thankful that my husband did every bit of it!  So I was just able to enjoy the scenery!  Our journey took us to Palo Duro Canyon, Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods, Moab where we zip lined and hiked in Arches National Park, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Santa Fe, and back through Amarillo so I could see Cadillac Ranch.  It was a blast!

As most photographers will tell you, their own family and vacation photos get put on the back burner.  Heck, I haven't even finished our album from our 2009 Hawaii trip!  But as I was downloading massive numbers of raw images from the trip, I wanted to share at least one before they are pushed to the side so I can return to business at hand.  I hope to come back to them soon and share many with you!  For now, here is one from Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.