A Special Elf Delivery | Taking Christmas Themed Photos

yesterday was such a beautiful day with my children.  they both slept good, allowing me to enjoy some quiet bible study in the morning with my coffee and christmas tree before they awoke for the day.  then our elf on the shelf, Oliver was found swinging from the dining room lights and brought a sweet little christmas treasure to the girls: a little mouse in a jar.  needless to say, the fact that this little mouse is decorating his own little christmas tree which lights up within the jar absolutely thrills our girls and the wonderment in their eyes is very telling of the magical feeling of christmas.  of course, the camera had to come out for taking christmas themed photos before our day’s adventures began.

i feel like i start prepping for christmas around the end of summer, picking up little trinkets for the girls to surprise them with throughout the christmas season.  my husband calls our third empty bedroom “the north pole,” as it regularly houses a little pile of goodies to surprise the girls with in the weeks leading up to christmas.  and double win, these little treats always provide fun photo opportunities, allowing time for taking christmas themed photos.  our elf loves surprising the girls with christmas pajamas, christmas crafts, snow globes and books to make the wait for christmas a little more fun.

after our morning photo shoot, we went to read stories with santa…where my oldest reminded him how much she would really like a baby crib for her doll, just in case he had forgotten in the last 24 hours since seeing him the evening prior at the mall.  luckily, “the north pole” has the perfect little crib patiently awaiting christmas morning.

to learn more about how i photograph my children’s christmas season, be sure to read the thoughtful christmas: a complete guide to intentionally photographing your holiday memories.

with 18 more days until christmas morning, we are enjoying all the magical moments that the christmas season brings.  and my camera is being absolutely spoiled with some pictures that i am sure to cherish forever.

A Special Elf Delivery | Taking Christmas Themed Photos

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Christmas Items Source List

plaid tops | the gap, similar ones here

green bow | etsy

gold snap clip | fin & teags

mouse in a jar | home goods, similar idea here

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gear used to photograph this session : dslr | lens

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Ballet Sweet Ballet | Designing A Toddler Ballerina Room

almost 3 years ago exactly, my husband put together our daughter’s crib when I was about 20 weeks pregnant.  we planned and planned every detail of her nursery and created a space to bring her home to.  it seemed like she would be in her nursery forever but, here we are, suddenly with a 2 1/2 year old who is ready to have a big girl bed.  we started thinking about making the crib to bed transition during the summer, giving me plenty of time to dream up and have fun designing a toddler ballerina room.  and while most husbands aren’t really into details, my husband was found right next to me analyzing each and every big girl bed during the process of choosing her perfect next bed.  needless to say, we both enjoyed shopping for her new room.  it was like crib shopping all over again, only wanting the best for our little sweet pea.

wanting her to transition well, we started talking to her about getting a big girl bed for weeks ahead of time.  once we finally purchased the actual bed, we showed her pictures of it and did a countdown until it’s delivery date.  (p.s. pottery barn’s white glove delivery service is amazing. think: foot booties to keep your house spotless, blankets on the ground for floor protection, and delivery to the actual room).  once the bed arrived, we had her help daddy take down her crib and put her new bed up.  (i didn’t know that the pottery barn guys were intending on putting the bed together and wasn’t ready to take down her crib when it arrived + daddy and her love projects like this!)  in short, we made her a very big part of the process and kept her very involved to ensure the transition went well.

we decided to redo her room in two phases, to make sure it wasn’t too big of a change for her.  the first phase was setting up her bed, and the second phase was putting her new decor up that i’ve purchased while designing a toddler ballerina room.  to give you an idea of time, we set her bed up on sunday and finished up the decor on wednesday.  it was a little way of slowly transitioning her so she didn’t feel like she was entirely in a brand new space all at once.  and that first night in her bed, she simply said, “goodnight!” and fell asleep in minutes.  me, on the other hand, woke up several times during the night to check on my baby…who was always found sleeping soundly in her big girl bed.  bless her sweet ballerina heart.

while most of the items in her room are new, a few important items transitioned into her new room from her nursery.  her crib medallion (blessed by our priest during her baptism, each of my girls have one) now hangs on her bed, her sophie teether remains on her dresser and her sweet baby hospital bracelet that she came home from the hospital with sits framed on her shelf.  while she is a big girl, she will always be my baby and i wanted to ensure a few nostalgic items remained in her special space for the both of us.

besides being head over heels for her bed, she is in love with the swan above her bed, her ballerina sheets, and a framed photo of her and her best friend (her little sister) that sits on her bedside table.  below you will find links to all the items that were chosen when designing a toddler ballerina room, should you want to recreate this space for your little one.

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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Ballet Sweet Ballet | Designing A Toddler Ballerina Room

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Toddler Ballerina Room Source List

twin bed | pottery barn kids

ballerina sheets | pottery barn kids

blush quilt | pottery barn kids

dresser and nightstand | ikea

crystal knobs | local purchase, similar ones here

paper wall flowers | hobby lobby, similar ones here

stuffed swan | target

floral garland | etsy

custom ballerina doll | etsy

ballerina doll on bed | target

gold clock | similar one here

white lamp | target

swan light | home goods, similar one here

letterboard | similar one here

pink letterboard letters | amazon

sophie teether | gift, can be purchased here

piggy bank | local purchase, can be purchased here

crib medallion | gift, similar one here

white pom pom pillow | home goods, similar one here

bright eyed bushy tailed sign | opal + olive

plush rocker | local purchase, similar one here 

window seat | homemade by my husband

quilt on window seat | homemade by my mother-in-law

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gear used to photograph this room : dslr | lens

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Our Very Thankful Day

It’s 2:00pm on Thanksgiving Day and, while I am trying to not use the word perfect often, today has been pretty perfect.  The girls have been the cutest turkeys all day, laughing and learning new things.  Our littlest decided to learn to stand, holding on, all on her own today!  She pulled up on the girls’ play kitchen, making us think she must have been checking her own little baking turkey.  Thanksgiving Day has been beautiful and we haven’t even had dinner yet.  While the turkey cooks in the oven and the girls both sleep soundly for nap upstairs, I am comforted with the nostalgic smell of Thanksgiving coming from the kitchen.  I’ve prepped my first turkey, with the help of my hubby and all my prep for the side dishes are done.  The kitchen is clean, the first load of dishes washed.  Our table has been set, awaiting a beautiful meal.  Now I sit here and just enjoy a little quiet, with such a full heart.

There are so many things that I love about being a parent and one is experiencing holidays with our children.  I love the easy and simpleness of Thanksgiving.  And the fact that the day after Thanksgiving means shopping and decorating for Christmas!   T-minus 24 hours until the Christmas tree come out!  Growing up, it was always a day of leisure.  We would enjoy snacks, play games and simple enjoy one another.  We would wear slippers and stay cozy.  That is what we are doing with our girls this Thanksgiving.  Slippers and all.  While the turkey bakes and fills the house with the comforting smell of Thanksgiving, we are simply enjoying our girls.  There is no schedule, except for the cooking schedule.  (Because isn’t it necessary to have a cooking schedule when making so many yummy things?)  Our very thankful day started with a very heartfelt, “Good Morning!” from our toddler when walking into her room for wakeup, pictures of the girls in their holiday outfits and Christmas crafts before breakfast.

Sometimes the best days are spent when being intentional about doing nothing.  Having no plans.  Sure, the girls’ outfits were thoughtfully planned and coordinated and the menu was prepared.  But besides what we wear and what we eat today, it’s a day of simply enjoying whatever the day brings…while peeking into the oven at the turkey.  It’s a day of sparkling cider and snacks, and busting out the real wine after bedtime.  It’s a day of being thankful for the family within our home and our loving family who is further away.  It’s a day of slowing down and remembering that the things that take up the biggest things in our heart are really memories made in the simple moments.  The simple smiles, the simple laughs, the simple joys of just being with one another.

My turkey timer for turning the turkey over is about ready to ding.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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 Very Thankful Day

plaid dress | large velvet bow

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Being Thankful

We have had a year of being thankful, to say the very least.  Thankful for the arrival of another baby girl, who is happy, healthy and full of joy.  Thankful for a beautiful relationship between our children, that formed from the moment they met.  Thankful for the blessing to be parents to these two sweet peas and to have a front row seat to their joyful days.  Not only are we thankful to be parents, but we are thankful to be parents together.  I wouldn’t want to do life without my husband and he is the only one I want to hold hands with as we sit on the couch and watch our two girls play.  (Okay, okay…so we are more than likely found chasing after them these days and falling asleep around 8:30pm…but there is no one else I would rather share these beautifully exhausting days with).

In the years past I have found myself focusing on thankfulness around Thanksgiving, like many do.  But this year, even with all the stress and busyness of being a mama of two girls two years old and under, I have been intentional about practicing thankfulness as often as I can.  To be thankful for the endless dirty diapers and middle of the night feeds.  For the way our oldest likes to play with my hair and how she likes to say good morning to her belly button each day.  For the way our youngest smiles before she even opens her eyes in the morning and always crawls towards the puppy’s food bowl at warp speed.

While the days of early motherhood can be full of tired mornings, coffee cravings to jump start the day, endless boo boo kisses and yearnings for just 5 minutes to ourselves…it is a also a journey that is irreplaceable.  It’s a journey that I am forever thankful for and a journey that often finds my eyes misty because I find myself so incredibly blessed that God has trusted me with two very adoring girls and a husband who loves endlessly, even when I am cranky at the end of a long day.

Thankfulness is the key to joy.  And someone once said that it is impossible to be thankful (grateful) and anxious at the same time.  With motherhood offering a lot of things to be anxious about and endless things to place on our worry list, practice thankfulness.  There is something so beautifully comforting about the way being thankful makes your heart feel, especially when tempted to worry.

May your family find moments this Thanksgiving that remind you to be thankful.  Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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.

If you want to create everyday videos with your children, be sure to read how I create videos with my DSLR.

Being Thankful

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gear used to create this film : dslr | lens | adobe premiere pro | lightroom for editing

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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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