… to pour down RAIN! Our main concern was the heat of the day. We seriously had *JUST* positioned everyone for our first shot when it hit us. We heard a rustling noise through the trees and BAM! – All of a sudden we were getting poured on. We were in the timber and couldn’t tell that this tiny little of cell of rain was upon us. We did our best to hide under trees and our reflector for about five minutes. Tater grabbed a picture of us when it started. We were all hanging around deciding what to do – wondering when it would stop. It was sunny the entire time!

After the shock and laughter, we dried off the benches and ourselves a bit and tried again. It was a bit of a challenge editing the raindrops off of everyone, but we are glad we continued. We had a great time!


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  1. Mom K. July 4th, 2012 1:46 pm

    Oh they turned out Wonderful despite the rain! Haley, I finally figured out why your shirt was sticking out in the first picture! You are protecting the camera with one hand and holding the reflector with the other! 🙂 Great pictures Gersts! Loved seeing your growing family! 🙂

  2. Christin July 4th, 2012 1:59 pm

    Hi guys! Thanks again for capturing “our” family roots! You guys do incredible work!

  3. Mindy A July 4th, 2012 3:11 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Love this family so much! I haven’t seen all of them together in ages and it was fun to see how their family has grown!

  4. Auntie Ellen July 4th, 2012 5:19 pm

    Great job editing the raindrops, we would never have known they were there. You still captured great smiles from this beautiful family.
    Always love the family laugh line, as I call it, it’s so fun.

  5. Heidi July 4th, 2012 6:25 pm

    Thanks for taking our pictures–it was quite a memorable morning! I love the picture of Mom and Dad with the grandkiddos!

  6. sandra waibel July 4th, 2012 10:59 pm

    i loved seeing these. I have not seen Christin in YEARS!!
    (I never post on here, but I do check this site often, and Im not even sure christen even remembers who I am:).

  7. Marilyn Kaufman July 5th, 2012 9:30 am

    Beautiful pictures – beautiful family. Love seeing my four nieces raise their children, and my bro and sis-in-law so very proud of their grandchildren!!

  8. Emily K July 5th, 2012 10:03 pm

    Great Gerst family pictures! They are all great…the one of Wayne, Jo, and the 4 girls is special. You are a wonderful, loving family, and it shows through in your pictures. Haley and Tater…you always do a wonderful job. Miss ALL of you!!

  9. Denise July 6th, 2012 8:00 am

    these are beautiful!
    pretty setting and would never have known it had rained on them…they look great!

  10. Mom Gerst July 6th, 2012 3:24 pm

    What a fun morning!Who would have thought it would rain just enough to get our shirts damp as we lined up for the first shoot!? So great to see all of us together! Thanks Haley and Tater for some great pic’s! Jo

  11. Erica Knapp July 6th, 2012 4:58 pm

    Beautiful pics! Beautiful family!

  12. Jennifer July 6th, 2012 10:03 pm

    These are beautiful pics! You all look great! 🙂

  13. Janet Keighin July 8th, 2012 9:32 pm

    These are fabulous! You can definitely see the love in this family!

  14. Sarah E July 8th, 2012 10:27 pm

    Love the pictures!! Miss all you guys, hope to see you soon!

  15. Jodi K. July 9th, 2012 5:48 am

    Great pics, I am sure they will cherish these pics forever!!

  16. Natalie Kuntz July 9th, 2012 8:42 am

    They are all amazing!!! I do say that seeing all of you makes me miss you all a lot!!!

  17. Bob & Edra July 9th, 2012 10:47 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL family and how priceless the pictures!!!

  18. Carrie July 10th, 2012 10:09 am

    We made some memories, didn’t we? Having your pictures taken isn’t supposed to be that fun!

  19. Jerelyn Gebhart July 10th, 2012 12:06 pm

    What wonderful pictures! You all look so great!

  20. Nichole Musselman July 10th, 2012 1:55 pm

    Oh, I miss the Gerst Family! What a beautiful family…they are amazing photos!

  21. Audra July 10th, 2012 1:59 pm

    SO SO sO cute!! LooKed like aLot of fun and eVeryone looks GREAT!!!!! Love the long ones especially 🙂 and the kissing One!

  22. Kari July 10th, 2012 2:06 pm

    oh – these are wonderful! You all look so good – what a great set of pictures!

  23. Alison Orns July 10th, 2012 3:54 pm

    So hard to get everyone together for a photo but always such a special one to have. Such a great family, just makes you smile!!!

  24. Megan G July 10th, 2012 6:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing – great work!

  25. Glinda S July 11th, 2012 12:57 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a very lovely family. Christin and Andy, your family shot is great.

  26. Lori July 11th, 2012 10:15 pm

    Every picture is beautiful!!

  27. Emily July 12th, 2012 8:40 am

    Beautiful Pictures!

  28. Susan July 12th, 2012 10:01 am

    Great pictures!

  29. Heather July 14th, 2012 11:19 am

    Great Times!! 🙂 Thanks for sticking it out in the rain! Fun to see these!

  30. Chloe July 15th, 2012 2:50 pm

    Despite the rain the pictures turned out great! And everyone had an enjoyable time!:)

  31. Laura K July 17th, 2012 2:13 pm

    What beautiful pictures; these turned out so well!

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