Oh, self, what are we going to do when we no longer have a little one to remind us how exciting the “Dinosaur Museum” is, even though we’ve been there a billion times already!? What will I do when I no longer have a little one to remind me to always see the world through new eyes? My old, tired, cynical eyes miss all the magic!
Maybe I’ll just have to steal YOUR little ones, to remind me! (seriously, book now! Spring is coming and what a beautiful time of year to make forever memories with your family!?)
Meanwhile I’ll enjoy my last little one seeing if he can jump to reach the dinosaur.
I laugh every time I see this one. He was trying to mess up my picture. You can see it in his devious little face. Little did he know he was the picture.
Once upon a time this one was my little one but already he’s seen it all, done it all and is bored. Sigh. How fast that happens.
Family time with Grandma and Grandpa:
Stairs are thrilling and he can see my eye through the camera. Life is magic!
Peter Pan has found his shadow:
Yep, life is magic. I’m grateful for my littles to remind me to find that magic.
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!