Every year for my dad’s (December) birthday I give him a set of holiday cards with all of the grandkids on them. This then converts into an easy holiday gift for my parents, who are notoriously difficult to buy for.
This year the grandkids ranged in age between 18 months and 11 years old. With an 18 month old and a two year old to corral I really needed my older kids to help and cooperate. So, of course, my eleven year old lost it and tried to refuse to participate in the photos. The toddlers were easier than my adolescent!
We managed to pull it all together and I am delighted with the results! My parents ended up with a lovely card and a picture of all the grandkids in one place. Awesome!
Our holiday card ended up being a lot of fun this year!
Making it was a multi-part process. Step 1, I took everyone up to my “studio” (spare bedroom) and took a bunch of pictures – some silly, some serious. Each person got to choose their own photo to use in the card.
I then had 8×10 prints made of the chosen photos.
In part 2 I set up my lights in the living room and we took a series of pictures with us holding our photos over our faces:
And then I attempted to get a “straight” family photo for the back of the card. I’ll be frank: swear words were said in the process and I still don’t like the result!
Then we put it all together to make our card:
After Christmas I edited the card to make thank-you notes (I think I like these even better than the card!)
All and all we had a lot of fun making these! It was very, very frustrating taking the family photos myself. I think in the future I’ll take my own advice and get someone else to take our holiday photo for us! And, maybe, swear less next time.
Just in time for holiday cards and easy Christmas gifts, I’m announcing a new promotion! Create-your-own Mini sessions!!
How they work: Gather your family or a group of families to get family pictures taken. $500 secures your mini session ($500 for your family, $250 each for 2 families…find 4 families and pay only $125 per family!). Each family receives a 10-30 minute session (dependent on the number of families participating) and one free digital file. Organizer/host receives 5 digital files. So even if it’s just your family $500 secures you a quick and dirty family photoshoot and 5 digital files!
Where to hold them: Wherever you like! Your house, a park, your holiday party, your front porch…in front of an evergreen tree. We can work together to find a location that makes this easiest and most attractive for you.
Who this is great for: Great for people who aren’t ready to invest in a full photographic experience right now and/or who just want basic family pictures for holiday cards and gifts.
So gather your friends and loved ones and create a picture you’re proud to send out on your holiday cards AND have Christmas gifts made at the same time!
Session must be held by December 6, 2014. All families participating will receive up to 10 photos in a private online gallery so they can select their free digital file. Additional digital files will be available for purchase for $75 each or $250 for all. Contact me to create your mini session!
It’s been a long time since I shared some senseless acts of beauty! I realized I never shared any summer camping pictures. We’ve had a beautiful, warm fall here in Colorado but tomorrow will bring arctic cold (no!) so today seems like a good day to remember summer!
We went on two camping trips this summer. The first was with my in-laws to the Great Sand Dunes. One of my favorite places on earth!
Our second day there we decided to hike to the tallest dune. There were 60mph winds that day, a condition miserable on most days but 60mph blowing sand is just miserable. We ended up crawling the last bit but we made it to the top of the world. Exhilarating!!
The best family selfie we could get in the driving wind, on top of the world:
It was a wonderful trip!
The second trip was with my family to Eleven Mile State Park. Which was a much further drive but so, so much more beautiful than we’d anticipated.
The point of the trip was fishing. The fish weren’t biting but we (I) caught lots and lots of crawdads with our bare hands!
This picture of Simon makes me laugh every time I see it.
I hope you have a beautiful day.