Today I wanted to share with you some of the photos captured during our Christmas card session! Typically we get all these adorable photos, then only a couple make it to the Christmas card. I thought, why not share some here on the blog with all my insta-buddies! This year I decided to use our home as the backdrop for some of the images, I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since we almost always do family portraits outside somewhere. I thought I’d share the outcome of that little idea with you guys. I think sometimes we forget that our own home is where we are most comfortable and ourselves. I also find that each year the holiday season goes faster and faster, anyone else? Some of my favorite photos of our children are their Christmas photos, I treasure them so much! I know that in a few years they will probably refuse to do them so I’m taking advantage while I still can. (TEARS)
We worked with local photographer Jamie Isherwood, Jamie Isherwood owns a full service boutique photo studio specializing in family portraits. She works with you in advance of your session, if you need assistance in choosing your families outfits. She also remains hands on all the way through to the end, post photo session, to help you choose the best photographs and even gives you guidance on prints & gallery wall lay out. So from start to finish you’ll receive a very attentive approach with your family portraits. Now this isn’t my first rodeo with family photos, I’ve been doing them since our kids were really young, so I kind of have a good grasp on it at this point. However, I know that for most family photos can be a bit overwhelming and stressful. I love that Jamie offers a boutique experience for her clients, many of which work full time and of course have young children making it extremely difficult to make important decisions related to the photo session like what outfits everyone should wear, where to take the photos and then how to hang them once you have the beautiful images printed and with Jamie you will definitely have beautiful images you won’t want them to just collect dust.
I was so excited to work with Jamie for our Christmas photos this year. We wanted to try something different and do some photos as a family in our matching P.J.’s, you know the ones that you usually save for Christmas Eve? I decided to break them out early and get a little more use out of them for this session. Plus, much easier to convince kids to put on P.J.’s than dress clothes (hint, hint). I chose a classic red and black buffalo check P.J. set for the kids and just the top for Ben, since he already had buffalo check bottoms, as did I. For the top I just wore a simple black tank top with cream sweater to keep it coordinating yet not looking super match-y. Our bedroom is all decorated for Christmas which made it the perfect back drop for a photo session, we didn’t even have to travel anywhere! My vision was to have some nice moments as a family, as well as let the kids be silly and have a little fun too. Oh, my, goodness did they have silly moments. I honestly don’t think i’ve ever seen the kids SO SILLY. Thankfully Jamie was so good with them, I was getting flustered with their goofiness and she remained so chill just catching the moments.
Ironically “All is Calm” the theme for our bedroom this Christmas was anything but for this session… it mostly started off calm, but as excepted the kids went from calm to crazy pretty quickly, haha!
This was the first time Levi was ever allowed on our bed, and man did he love it. The kids did too!
Can you handle these three faces? Cause I can’t! This is when the silly’s really kicked in and they just wanted full bed/trampoline action. I love seeing them just being comfortable and having fun. That’s how a photo session should feel, I love that Jamie captured them so naturally and nothing is overly staged in these shots.
Then we had to play a little joke on the kids so we busted out the mistletoe and clearly we got the reaction we were hoping for!
And then lastly I couldn’t resist giving them my favorite holiday mugs for a little cup of cheer photo. Yes, those are empty cups but man can those kids act… you would think there was something delicious in those mugs, right? haha Thankfully no bedding, or white faux fur was harmed in the making of these photos.
I absolutely love how our Christmas cards turned out. Huge thank you to Jamie Isherwood for capturing our little family, cozy and cheerful… ok and a little crazy too. But that’s how we like it around here! She helped design and order all our cards which I was so grateful for being so busy this time of year with work obligations and just life in general it made life so much easier for me to have one less thing to worry about.
We also did another session with Jamie that took us outside our home, the next day however I’m saving those for our family and for our Christmas card. Again we are so pleased with all the photos Jamie took and know that we will treasure them forever. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of them and hearing about my vision/ thought process.
Huge thank you to Jamie- her website is https://jamieisherwoodphotography.com/ if you’d like to see more of her work. And give her a follow on FB and Instagram because we are hoping to collaborate on a special family portrait giveaway this spring.
Thanks for stopping by friends and Happy Holidays!