Recently, the Knight and I wanted an updated snapshot of our family for Christmas cards. Some people might think it is a little ridiculous to put so much effort into such a small thing (a card), but for us, it is our "once a year" way to share a sweet sentiment with our friends and family, near and far. Holiday cards mean a lot to me, and I treasure every one we get (I often find myself saving them until a couple of years later and then painfully throwing them away...I should invent something cool to do with all those old cards). I also treasure each person or family that we send one too, often saying a little prayer for the receipient(s) and tucking little momentos inside. It is a special time for me each year as I sit down to prepare them for mailing.
Anyway, we go to church with Jessica and her sweet family. She has captured treasured memories of our family in the past at Caroline's baby dedication and other events, and I really appreciate her photography "style"... I would define it as natural, but still very pretty and dedicated to capturing the details. I thought she would be perfect to hire for our Christmas card photo (and it didn't hurt that she was running an awesome special, to boot!).
She met us twice (the first time the lighting and the wind just weren't cooperating) and both times, she got our girls to laugh, grin, and bring out their little personalities. She helped minimize my mommy gut and chin (what? you know that IS important!), and captured the Knight's eye crinkles when he smiles (my favorite).
In short, we are thrilled. I would like to wallpaper my home with her work. Would you like to see a sample or two?
Sick of us? Well, then look at all these other pretties, then. :)