We were thrilled to have the Dallas contingent of our family in town and loved hosting them for a weekend and showing them some of our favorite spots. Some of the highlights included vintage shopping, the art museum, a muggy but beautiful trail run, lots of coffee, good food, even better beer and a family photoshoot. My cousin Lia coordinated and organized the whole thing, determined to have a decent family photo for Christmas cards. We opted to head downtown – I knew we could get some cute shots at City Market, an adorable tucked away spot with cobblestones and character aplenty. It is also in the vicinity of some great craft beer for after – sort of a carrot and donkey scenario for my uncle. It’s not an easy task to take a family photo, there are so many variables and it’s rare that everyone thinks they look best in the same photo. There was much hilarity reviewing photos the next day including an attempt at an ill advised expression swap in Photoshop. We had a lot of fun though and definitely got a bit silly. Some of my favorite shots are the ones with the girls mocking cliched photography poses. The end result was a nice collection of family portraits and family moments that would make any Christmas card proud. And after all, it really wasn’t too difficult to get some great shots – they are a good looking bunch! And yes, we did end our foray downtown with beers – courtesy of Boylan Bridge Brewpub and Crank Arm Brewing. The perfect way to spend a beautiful summer evening.