DIY 30 minute family photos


Let’s face it, when it comes to taking photos of your kids, you have very limited time. So today, I’ll be sharing with you, five ways to help you get great pictures of your kids/family, in 30 minutes.

  1. Have a theme- you must choose a color scheme and stick with it.  Some people can pull off all different colors and make it work, but it really is hard for the camera to focus on different shades.  Our theme was red, white, and blue.
  2. The time of day-bright daylight is almost the worst lighting you can imagine (unless you really know how to configure the settings on your DSLR camera, or you know how to edit the pictures really well when using your phone).  Sunset is best, and it works well with a lot of different colors.
  3. Happy kids, happy picture-make sure everyone is fed and generally happy (you don’t want to start the photo shoot out with wiping away snot/tears)! Distraction is a great technique when it comes to this one. Never forget to just HAVE FUN!
  4.  Have all of your props/decorations (if you are using any) ready to use, and able to pull out for a quick shot or two. It’s great to have a helper as well, to provide you the props or equipment when you need it.
  5. Keep it moving- if you are wanting the perfect picture with the kids showing how much they love each other, well that might not always work in front of the lens.  If you don’t get a great shot the first time, try again about 10 minutes later.  Kids are resilient and will usually do it on their own terms.

Here are some shots I took of all three kids (two are foster children and we are not allowed to post their face on the photos, so they are blurred out) before having to say goodbye to our little man, before he went back home with his family.


Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Let me know if you have any other tips you would like to provide as well!  Happy picture taking!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved




Celebrating 7th anniversary of my 21st!


This year I wanted to do something a little different. Turning 28 definitely has opened my eyes to so much.  I definitely value the little things in life, so much more!

We decided to go out to eat at my favorite restaurant (Chuy’s in Austin, Tx), and then go out to do some bowling, play some pool, and just have some good ol’ fun.



Thank you to all my friends and family who came out to celebrate!! Y’all are amazing!!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

43,800 minutes

1 month with the johnsons (1)

I can’t believe baby girl has been with us for an entire month already! To say it’s been a whirlwind, is an understatement.

She seemed so fragile when we were taking her home from the NICU, not really knowing what to expect, especially in all that she has been through in her short 4 months of life in the hospital.  Now she seems so much stronger, more vocal, more awake then ever, and makes people fall in love with her, after meeting her for the first time!

She still likes to give us a scare, when she chokes on her saliva.. and the nurse mode comes out of me, and I am like:

  1. Sit her up if she is laying down
  2. Pat her back to help the secretions flow down
  3. Suction, Suction, Suction to give her help, so she won’t have to try to swallow a ton of saliva at one time
  4. Reassure her that everything is going to be okay.. just hearing our voice makes her know she is in good hands.
  5. Love on her once she has loosened her body, and isn’t so stiff any more, and let her know she can finally relax.

She has had 4 family visits, 5 doctor visits, and 2 visits from CPS.  It’s crazy to me that we have literally spent hundreds(actually over a thousand) miles driving her just in the last month, and taking her to all of her destinations, and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.  Our biggest concern is the unknown future for baby girl. She is supposed to be on the track for adoption.. but the way the legal worker was talking to me on Tuesday after her visit with her parents, sounded to me like he is trying to get mom and dad to better their life, to get baby girl back.  Either way, I know God has already planned out her future, and will place her where and when she needs to be, and that Shane and I shouldn’t worry.. that we should just follow His lead and trust in Him. Sometimes, it’s just hard.

She has transitioned SO well to basically our entire family.  She loves all of our voices, and loves when the kids (little man and Brielle) are playing and running around the house, because she will try to turn her head and look for where the sound is coming from.   I can’t wait to watch their relationships grow and nourish over these next few months.

She has had all 3 of her major appointments this week, and let me just give you a little update.. Her eyes have not changed in the last month (which is great news considering if you read my post here to see what she started out with).  Her pulmonologist appointment went great as well, he doesn’t see anything wrong with her breathing, and very happy she doesn’t have a cough and he did suggest that we get her synergis shots this flu/cold season because if she develops RSV (which you can read about here if you don’t know much about it), she will most likely end up in the hospital on the ventilator, because she isn’t strong enough to fight off an infection. Her developmental specialist actually didn’t assess her this appointment, because her adjusted age (the time she was supposed to be full term) is only 1 month old, so we have to wait until November (she will then be adjusted to 4 months old) to do a full assessment.  The nurse did an amazing job giving me tips and exercises to do (to prevent her from getting stiff joints) and ways to just help her grow (and we also left with 5 cans of formula.. that nurse was seriously amazing!!).  I have already started the exercises, and I can’t wait to watch her soar in the next few months.


We are so very blessed to be able to love on her, and take care of her, and can’t wait to see how much she grows!

©2016 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.