3 Ways To Prepare Yourself To Take Beautiful Christmas Photos

when it comes to Christmas, we find ourselves placing an understandable importance on documenting the season with our camera for our children to savor in photographs in the years to come.  when i look back on images of my own childhood Christmases, there is something so beautiful and comforting about keeping those memories in photographs.  knowing this, i am very intentional about photographing my family’s Christmas as a gift to my children.  there is something so magical about Christmas, especially in the eyes of children.   and to portray that magical season and feelings of comfort and joy with a camera is a a wordless gift you can give to your family.  as the Christmas season draws near, here are 3 ways to prepare yourself to take beautiful Christmas photos.

want to be more present this Christmas, but still get great images?  be sure to read The Thoughtful Christmas: A Complete Guide To Intentionally Photographing Your Holiday Memories.

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3 Ways To Prepare Yourself To Take Beautiful Christmas Photos

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1. Read The Thoughtful Christmas

with so many Christmas activities, traditions and memories to photograph, Christmas has the potential to leave us stressed and stuck behind the camera.  The Thoughtful Christmas: A Complete Guide To Intentionally Photographing Your Holiday Memories is the ultimate answer to photographing Christmas without all the stress.  even better, it is a digital download so you can instantly read it right now! learn what holiday activities will encourage your photography, what photography projects will boost your Christmas photos, how to enjoy yourself on Christmas morning and still get great images, and so much more.  plus, you can watch me edit some of my favorite Christmas images in Lightroom, as I walk you through my complete editing process.  seriously, I stressed out for many Christmases trying to get every single photo so that you don’t have to.  i’ll show you how I get every photo that i want during the Christmas season, no matter what.

2. Order Christmas Pajamas Yesterday

seriously, i order Christmas pajamas for our family in august.  not kidding.  not only are Christmas pajamas fun, cozy, and festive, but they are a really darling way to dress up your holiday images. Christmas pajamas offer an endless variety of photo opportunities, while giving you an effortless way to coordinate your family and bring the feeling of Christmas into each and every image.  to learn more about how i photograph my own family in Christmas pajamas, be sure to read The Thoughtful Christmas for step-by-step tips.  plus, i will share at what point in the Christmas season it is the most fun to introduce Christmas pajamas.

our favorite Christmas pajamas are from Burts Bees.  Target, Carters and Old Navy all also have wonderful options.

3. Perfect Your Christmas Tree Bokeh

one of the must have photos to take this Christmas is of beautiful Christmas light bokeh.  every year, it’s one of my favorite images to take and always ends up being a favorite!  learn how to perfect your Christmas tree bokeh to create stunning images in The Thoughtful Christmas: A Complete Guide To Intentionally Photographing Your Holiday Memories.  it’s the ultimate guide to learning how to take beautiful Christmas photos this year.  from what camera settings to use, what lens is best and where to stand with your camera, you will learn all the ins and out to photographing beautiful bokeh with your Christmas lights.

by reading The Thoughtful Christmas, ordering your Christmas pajamas and practicing your bokeh skills, you are going to be wonderfully prepared to take beautiful Christmas photos of your family and your traditions this year.  with children growing so quickly, it’s a wonderful time of the year to be intentional about photo taking and photograph the magical moments of Christmas for your family to cherish forever.

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Pale Pink Spectacles | Teaching A Toddler To Wear Glasses

when our sweet daughter turned one year old, her pediatrician discovered a slight astigmatism during an eye exam at her one year check up.  after being referred to a pediatric optometrist, whom we’ve grown to really like, we were told she would be in glasses at 2 1/2.  and as happens time and time again, a year passed in a blink of an eye (pun intended) and we were picking out her first pair of glasses this fall.  the excitement of getting glasses lasted a day or two, before the real struggle of teaching a toddler to wear glasses began.  i wish i could tell you there is a magic secret, but really it’s a journey of success and set backs.

with her doctor wanting her wearing glasses for 7 hours a day, we started off small and gradually made our goal after a month.  in the beginning, it was all about slipping on her glasses while she was distracted…like watching a tv show, or eating.  once they were on, she would forget about them and would only become aware of them should someone dare mention the word, “glasses.”  in the early weeks, we banned the word from the house…as it was a little bit of a sensitive topic.  my dad light heartedly called them her “facial ornaments” whenever talking about them, which had us all laughing.  we had reached the point of talking in code.

we tried it all.  we all wore our glasses to encourage and support her.  we secretly slipped them on.  we bargained.  we bribed.  we celebrated her success.

we did good for a week or two, wearing the thing that shall not be named for a couple hours a day.  then we had a week where she wanted nothing to do with them: a tiny step back.  exactly one month after bringing her new glasses home, mama put her foot down and resorted to simple communication about the glasses.  i simply told her when she woke up that we would be wearing our glasses all day.  i used phrases like, “we need to put on our glasses first, then we can go play with our friends” or “first, we need to put our glasses on and then we can play in the playroom.”  seems so simple, yet it was the ticket that worked!  not only was it our secret to success, but we taught her order of operations in the process!

from that monday morning on, she has worn her glasses from sun up to sun down, averaging well over the 7 hours of recommended wearing and are actually doing more than 8 hours a day!  we are now finishing our second entire week of all day, effortless glasses wearing and can even say the word glasses, without her wanting to take them off.  she even asks to put her glasses on right after she gets out of bed in the morning, which seriously warms our hearts.  i am not sure if it was a month of glasses introduction that did the trick, the clear communication or both…but we are celebrating this as a parenting win.  teaching a toddler to wear glasses is easily one of our biggest challenges as parents and it is so nice to have that hurdle behind us now.  every child is different, but i think repetition and communication was our life saver.

and prayer.  i am not going to underestimate the power of simple praying about it.  a little prayer, patience and a toddler who took the transition with grace got us to wearing our glasses easily.  and she is oh so darling!  i can’t imagine her without glasses now!

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.  and to learn how i document our everyday, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

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Pale Pink Spectacles | Teaching A Toddler To Wear Glasses

blush hair bow | etsy

blue top | H&M (similar top here)

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Trick-Or-Treat, We’re So Sweet! | Coordinating Sister Halloween Costumes

i’ll be honest, i started thinking about halloween costumes for the girls when it was still summer.  i just get too excited about the holidays now that we have children and i love planning outfits.  while i didn’t know right away what the girls would be, i did know that i wanted to have coordinating sister halloween costumes.  i love the idea of their costumes telling one story so when i saw this knit snow white costume, i knew one of the girls would definitely be wearing it.  and when i saw that they were sold out of 2T and only had a 3-6 month size, my mind was made up for me…the baby would be snow white!

so now, what would our toddler dress up as?  not the witch, that’s not my thing…plus our little girl is too sweet for that!  not one of the seven dwarves, they are boys and i wanted her to be girly.  a fawn!  yes, with a tutu and fur vest…so sweet and dainty!  and i loved the idea of both girls being in tutu skirts, as a way of matching their coordinating sister halloween costumes in some way.  (side note: yes, her headband has antlers which signifies a boy deer…but the girl ears didn’t look obvious enough, so antlers it is!)

our halloween morning started off by the girls spoiling me, as they allowed me to photograph their sweet costumes.  and even though snow white isn’t supposed to eat the apple, our little couldn’t resist munching on it to sooth her teething gums.  her second tooth just arrived!  after pictures and breakfast, our little tutu trick-or-treaters enjoyed story time at the library before trick-or-treating through the book stacks and collecting candy in their baskets.  it was the perfect practice for halloween night!  and even though we’ve been trying to teach our toddler to say, “trick or treat!”…she just looks up at the candy bowl holder and says, “pleeeeeaaaaaase!”  which, to be honest, earned her twice the amount of candy.  she’s so sweet!

after a fun night of trick or treating, laughter with neighbors, two tired but smiling girls and two tired parents, we agreed that halloween was a huge success again this year!  and mama is collecting taxes this year in the form of chocolate, so it’s time to rummage through their candy bowls before they wake up this morning!

happy halloween from our family to yours!

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.  and to learn how i document our everyday, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

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Halloween Costume Source List

snow white knit costume | baby gap

red bow | etsy

deer antlers | etsy

fur vest | similar one here (we own both)

tutu skirt | similar one here

Trick-Or-Treat, We’re So Sweet! | Coordinating Sister Halloween Costumes

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A Sweet Little Lamb | Our Baby’s Baptism

with our baby’s baptism having been on our family calendar for months, we have been so excited for our family to join and surround us as our second daughter was welcomed into faith.  and being one who loves bath time, she took to her baptism effortlessly and warmheartedly loved watching the priest who showered her with holy water.  not only is baptism such a beautiful milestone for our children that warms our hearts, but it is such a beautiful reminder for us to choose good.  during both of our girls’ baptism, each priest eloquently reminded us that a baptism is not only for the child being baptized, but for all of us to renew ourselves.  it was prominent thought during our first’s baptism, and again during our second daughter’s special day.

wearing the same christening dress her sister wore two years ago to her own baptism, our littlest brought her entire sweet heart and happiness to her baptism day.  my favorite thing about her baptism portraits are that they are 100% her.  she is bubbly and sweet, and currently loves alternatively chewing on and throwing her giraffe teeth.  each equally thrill her to pieces.  you can’t look in her direction without being welcomed with a huge grin and her tender disposition is admirable.

to our daughter, we promise to always guide you and protect you.  to answer your questions and calm your fears.  to show you the way and remind you of Him.  to support you, to love you, to listen to you.  to always remember that we are here to teach you, but to learn from you as well.  you are so sweet, little lamb.  and our life is beautiful because you are apart of our family.

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.  and to learn how i document our everyday, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

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Our Baby’s Baptism Outfit Details

janie and jack baptism dress (2016) | similar one here

cable knit knee socks | courtesy of cammi and co

blush bow | posey baby

blush wooden teether | late night luna

classic giraffe teether | can be purchased here

A Sweet Little Lamb | Our Baby’s Baptism

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Being Mama | Motherhood Moments I Hope To Remember Forever

i am not sure if i have written this yet so, if this happens to be a repeat, please forgive me.  at bible study a couple months ago, we were encouraged to think about our greatest fear.  it took me a bit to really dig deep and identify it.  i feel like i have a lot of fears, but my most prominent fear is the passing of time, particularly with our children.  an overused phrase of “enjoy your children, for the years go by fast,” is constantly being told to young mothers and, while it can seem like this phrase is on repeat, it really is very true.  not until you are a mother will you truly realize how quickly time passes and, for me, it has given me a tiny sense of panic.  the days are sometimes really long, but the months and years just pass so quickly.  there are so many motherhood moments that i truly want to remember the rest of my days.

i feel like this fear is the reason why i do all that i do.  it’s why i write about my children and their moments, big and small.  it’s why we build traditions.  it’s why i photograph them often and document, document, document.  it’s why i am diligent with their baby books.  it’s why i cherish those days where we just stay home because i can simply savor them and enjoy having a front row seat to their childhood.  it’s why i write them letters every month and write down every detail that i want to remember.

i think all of these little things that i do is to calm that fear of letting time pass by.  i know it is going to go by and there is nothing i can do about the physical passing of time.  but what i can control is the quality of time we have with our children.  deep down, i fear regret.  i don’t want to look back on these years and wish i would have savored it more.  so, in all that i do, i savor, savor, savor it.  i try to remember to be grateful often and instead of rushing, slowing down.  that can be hard sometime, as two children have a tendency to make one rush.  but intentionally making time to hug each baby every single day and to really listen to them really fills my cup.

for a complete guide on how I photograph my baby girl’s first year, be sure to read the first twelve.  and to learn how i document our everyday, be sure to read the everyday photograph.

Being Mama | Motherhood Moments I Hope To Remember Forever

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i am constantly filling up their baby books and writing them letters to document not only their milestones and important dates, but to remember all that i can.  not only do i document these details for them, but also for us to look back on.  because it seems like we will remember everything, but there are just so many little details that can easily be forgotten.  as the girls grow, i know this list will change and grow but at this point in motherhood, i hope that i always remember:

sitting on the floor and cuddling every morning with our oldest, in our pajamas

the way our littlest grabs my face in her hands

the way our oldest naturally reaches for my hand, when we walk together

hugging my littlest, cheek to cheek, after her morning feed and breathing her sweet smell

how our oldest calls applesauce, “applesauce-sauce”

how i have to close my eyes while nursing our youngest, because if i make eye contact with her, she will smile and laugh instead of eat

spontaneous hugs from our oldest, while i am sitting on the playroom floor

how our littlest tucks her chin down and gives the sweetest smile, with the biggest eyes

how our oldest says, “mama so happy!” and “daddy so happy!”  i love that she can see this.

how our littlest hums right before she falls asleep

i love that this list will change and grow in the years ahead.  but today finds me really grateful for the little details that make up motherhood.  of course, there are moments when i crave some time to myself and find peace in the quiet house during naptime.  but that deep fear of time passing by and them growing fast has me missing them already, so cherishing the little details really helps bring peace to my heart.

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