a few things & a christmas tree farm session

first of all, i want to just say thank you for all the love ya’ll sent out via instagram, Facebook, emails & whatever else after the Holiday House Walk 2014!

i hope you know my heart is not to “showcase” this & that. to make decorating seem like a “have to”. i want our home to be a place where you feel loved & welcome. i’ve never been a great hostess and i wish i was better about making the effort to have folks over more often. i’ve dropped the ball with that one. i wish i was a great “ya’ll c’mon over & bring all the youngens” kinda hostess. so many of you out there inspire me to be better with that. to not worry about making sure the house is clean, that the food is perfect and the wine is wonderful. present over perfect. right? i want to use our christmas decor to help us usher in the expectancy of jesus’ birth as myquillyn so eloquently talks about here. and remember, sharing images on line, when there’s time to fluff and straighten up is just that…fluffed and straightened up. 5, sometimes 6, people and a shedding dog live here so it’s not always so tidy. believe me.

so next week i’ll share links for you and try to answer some of the questions that have rolled in regarding sources & such. my table settings out on the porch are all from coton colors…and we have a fun giveaway next week so be sure & check back in for that as well!

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yesterday i met up with an adorable family that i’ve had the honor of photographing for the last four years. they were one of my first clients when i launched my photography business and each year i love seeing them and how their babies have grown! with schedule logistics, surgeries for both families and the fact that they just had their third baby only a couple weeks ago, trying to get our annual session in has been a logistical miracle. it was mighty dreary yesterday with a constant mist. i knew we were still going to try to make it work but with three kiddos ( albeit super cute & fun kiddos and a mama who does not look like she just had a baby) , ( did i mention NEWBORN?) weather chillier than forecast, and a constant mist, all challenges were in full force.

when i pulled up their images last night on my computer, i just smiled & grinned over and over again. we didn’t have the luxury of time ( we were all worried it was going to actually begin to rain…and did i mention NEWBORN?) to really set up many poses, but we got some uber cute shots. i’ll share more images of them after christmas. but yesterday’s session reminded me of almost the exact same scenario last year. same situation–no time to reschedule. rain. yuck. same charming location ( thompson’s tree farm) . and ya’ll, that session ended up being one of my favorites from all of last year. these two cuties, full post here, were not going to let a rainy day mess up their shoot. these two radiated JOY. so much so that i wanted to share these with you again this year!

enjoy & i’ll see ya’ll back next week for source information & a coton colors giveaway!!
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December 6, 2014 - 12:28 pm

jackie - Awesome photos………how would you even begin to pick a favorite……..they are all wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

December 6, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Andrea - Paige….I wish we lived in GEoria. I would love to have you take some family pictures for us. If you are ever in Illinois…..I want to know! Please tell Savannah thank you. We received our beautiful State Canvas from her. We ordered Florida with our favorite spot (Cape San Blas) marked with a turquoise heart. It has a special place on our gallery wall….. We love it.
Andrea in Illinois

December 7, 2014 - 6:45 pm

DebZorn - This is such a fun series.They look like teenagers!