Personal: Christmas is almost here!

I can’t believe Christmas is almost here, I feel like time is flying by. Yesterday I realized that I hadn’t even pulled out my favorite Christmas dishes. I’m bummed I didn’t remember earlier this month. Now I only get a couple weeks with my favorite festive dishes. At least I remembered to put up our Christmas tree!

Things have been very busy this month doing the family holiday mini-sessions, the regular photo shoots, booking weddings, having visitors, christmas shopping, editing photos, and trying to stay on top of all the lovely household chores. All while looking after my little teething 7 month old. Whew… I’m whooped!

The family holiday mini-sessions were a fun thing to do this season. I’d never done mini-sessions before. I met some wonderful families, adorable kids, and I got some beautiful pictures. The best part was that I was able to help raise money for my church’s ministry in the process. The whole experience was a great one, and I definitely learned a few things along the way too.

One challenge about the mini-sessions was the location. I had to find a way to make the church grounds interesting and different for 6 shoots. (Not to mention that the church grounds aren’t the most scenic of locations.) I also had to stay really focused to get the shots we needed first and save the artsy ones for later. Another challenging aspect for me was timing. Many of the families were scheduled one right after the other so we couldn’t waste time- I had to just jump right in with each family. It was fun getting to know each family as we went along. Since I was shooting family portraits many of my subjects were children – and kids come with their own personalities. It was so much fun to discover their personalities and to be flexible enough to capture it. All in all though I would say that the whole mini-session project was a huge success. I LOVED meeting and photographing all the families. But the icing on the cake was getting to see some of the holiday cards created from our mini-sessions. It warmed my heart right up!

Tonight James and I spent some time creating a fun holiday card of our own with a family photo. We did our own family photo shoot with Eli the other day by setting our self timer. I was looking forward to the shoot all week. On the day of the shoot I was rushing around to get Eli and myself ready while James was setting up the camera gear. We moved furniture and lighting. We had it all planned out. That is until Eli threw a huge teething fit. Yep, he cried in most of the shots. I felt so bad for him but there isn’t much you can do with an unhappy child. So the Christmas card pic is kinda funny this year. Oh well, at least we tried -and boy did we try! I’ll post the pic we chose for the card here on the blog in a few days. But here are just a couple of the pics from our shoot that turned out okay enough to share.

Christmas Photos
Christmas Photos
Christmas photos
Christmas Photos
Christmas Photos

This week I’m relaxing and preparing for Christmas. I might even attempt some baking. It’s just not Christmas without goodies. Check back to my blog later this week for our whimsical family Christmas photo, it’s unique that’s for sure!

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