Toadtally Us: We Are Family

Family shots were, although brief, a bit stressful. Even though only our immediate families were involved, we were running out of sunlight and everyone was all over the place.

Since I know most hive members skip through family portraits, I’ll be brief.

Here’s Mr. Toadstool’s family.


And mine, complete with my teenage bro who’s going through that awkward “I hate everything and I don’t care about photographs so I won’t smile” phase.


Then, one with the parents.


We had a hard time with the moms because, being technologically uninformed and choosing to believe whatever they want from what they hear, they thought the photographer could Photoshop (whatever that is) everything, as in “It’s OK if I don’t smile, right? They can Photoshop me a smile later.” No, mom, you need to look your best in the picture—he’s not going to draw a “new you” when he edits the photo!

And one with my dad. This is a very special one since we are naturally awkward together—it’s the way our relationship works—so when Alberto asked for a shot of us both it resulted in a series of awkward looking shots. At the very last moment my dad said something funny and we laughed just enough for Alberto to snap this gem.


And finally, one with everyone.


There were a ton of these shots, and I had the hardest time finding a “good” one, because there was always someone doing something odd in every shot: closed eyes, grins, half-smiles, mid-speech open mouths”¦it was clear we all found it very hard to just stand there and smile at the same time.

But it’s always better when the photographer asks everyone to make some noise and gets some genuine smiles—except from my brother. He was not smiling for his life.


Was it hard for you to coordinate family for pictures? Did/will you deal with indisposed teenagers?

*All photos by Alberto Alcorta Photography




Mrs. Toadstool

Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012
Ceremony Crafting
Classifieds: June 11, 2013
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  1. airplane Bee
    Mrs. Airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 1:28 pm

    I’m just glad to hear no one fell in the pool! 🙂 Great photos, you have a lovely family!

  2. jetsetter Bee
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 1:59 pm

    Love all of these colors together!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 2:38 pm

    Great pics!
    So funny about the Photoshop comments!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:57 pm

    Hah! My brother also refuses to smile in photos!

  5. bluewhale Bee
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 3:22 pm

    Not going to “draw a new you” hahahaha. That’s awesome. Oh moms. So technologically challenged 🙂

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 7:10 pm

    My FI has a pretty big family and his mother is the type that gets offended if there’s someone left out of the photo. That means cousins, second cousins, second cousins wife and kids. My family is more like, “Where do I smile? Did you get it? Good, where’s the beer?” 😛

  7. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:13 pm

    What a beautiful family, these photos are gorgeous!

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    sparklebee2014 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:11 am

    Haha, to make you feel better my brother is still in the “I hate everything and I don’t care about photographs so I won’t smile” phase and he’s… 31.

    You look gorgeous and happy in all these pics Mrs. Toadstool!

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