I am real tree girl through and through. I have always grown up with real Christmas trees, usually something like a Douglas Fir. The smells and the tradition of cutting down a fir tree have a special place in my heart and in my childhood memories.
Last year, we had a tough time finding a tree, it was expensive, the u-cut trees were sold out early, and our tree lost a lot of needles early on. My husband has been begging me to get an artificial tree for years, and so after Christmas last year, I caved. We bought a beautiful artificial tree, and this year we used it for the first time. And I don't hate it. In fact, I bought a second one for the family room. And some pine scented spray to make it seem somewhat real.
I still wanted the tree farm experience (and photos ;) ), so we loaded up the kids the weekend after we had our third baby and headed to the tree farm. We had the whole tree farm to ourselves, and the owners were gracious enough to just let us play among the trees. It's one of my favorite Christmas memories we've made with the kids. We played hide-and-seek, my oldest made me take a photo of her with every tree that was her height, and we started the tradition of buying a potted pine tree to put outside and to plant in our yard after Christmas.
I'm a stickler for traditions, but sometimes when old traditions are broken, beautiful new traditions are made.
What a sweet session to end my year on!
I've had such a fun time photographing Maeven this year, and though I know her Mom was given a hard time for how many sessions she had for Maeven, I think she was very wise. Babies change and grow so much in the first year, and a photo session every 3 months is totally normal. Plus, you can never have enough photos of this sweet little doll! She's such a happy little girl and so adorable. She wouldn't flash her signature smile, but we got some little grins out of her. It's fun to see how much she looks like her big brother. I can't wait to see how she's grown by the time I see her next!
That's a wrap, everyone! One week from today I'll be cuddling my own little baby girl as we welcome her into our family, so I will not open again until spring. Keep a lookout for the 2018 Calendar of Availability in January to book your sessions early! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Blessed Christmas, and a Joyful New Year! Thank you to all of my clients who made this year so amazing. I am thankful for you!
I first worked with this couple years ago when they were pregnant with their oldest. They became my first recurring clients, and we did monthly photos for their son's first year. I've worked with them several times since, but it was the first time I had the opportunity to meet their little guy, and how those handsome boys have all grown! They did such a great job of posing and smiling and having fun together, and their oldest acted like we still take monthly photos. He's a natural...they all are! What a wonderful honor to photograph this gorgeous family and to spend time with them again .
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