Christmas Sessions 2016

I can’t believe I finished another round of Christmas photos. I think this is the 4th year since I started that I have been taking Christmas and Hanukkah photos for so many families. Some were new, and some were familiar faces and old friends. I love seeing people that I haven’t seen since last year, and I love meeting the new families. An interesting note –  about 75% of the kids I photographed this year tried to dab in their photos. Below are just a few of my favorites. Looking back on these collectively makes me feel so grateful for the families that trust me to take their photos. Thank you so much!

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November

I surprised myself this November and took a good amount of personal photos, on top of all the Christmas photos I had for the month. November is my favorite. Is there anything better than Thanksgiving? Maybe Christmas. But that’s what makes Thanksgiving so special, the anticipation of Christmas right around the corner. In November we watched the Cubs win the world series, we took a black Friday hike, and bundled up for the cold weather outside (60 degrees can feel pretty chilly). November really is the best in Arizona :).

 

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Goodbye October, Hello November

I have a love/hate feeling with November 1st. I love that it is FINALLY November, but I hate that I have 3 TONS of candy sitting on my dining room table. But mostly I love it. It is just a matter of weeks before they start playing Christmas music on the radio and we get to hear Santa Baby over and over again. I’ve started taking holiday pictures for other families, hence the lack of personal pictures in October. It’s a favorite time for me to photograph new and old families and to see how much the kids have grown. The next couple of months are my favorite. Now, if the Arizona weather could just cool down a bit that would be great.

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Water & Desert

This photo session was broken up into two sessions, so that we could capture a few swimming pictures of this little guy. It will probably be the last time I will have my camera underwater until spring/summer. But someday I hope that a family will take me up on a Christmas underwater session. Imagine the cute Christmas card that would make! Anyway, this little guy had the sweetest smile as you can see. And I love how different water and desert pictures look when they are side by side. Luckily, we live in a state where we can swim up until fall, and yet still go out in the desert and take pictures. Arizona truly is the best (except in August, when it is the worst). 😉

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September 2016

September meant that we could open our front door and windows, if for just an hour, to let the cool breeze in. There were occasional swim days, as well as a water event at our church.  There were a couple of rainy days too, which meant rainbows followed. I tried some new things, like food photography. And then joked afterwards that I was going to photograph Eggo waffles and Funyuns because that is the food of choice around here lately. We took the dogs (and kids) to Sedona, had some lighting and shadow fun, and lots of play dates at the park. Another great month in the books.

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