What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters.  You can’t reread a phone call.

~Liz Carpenter

How much better is it to run to your mailbox every day in December to get photo cards from your favorite people? There was one day in December when we didn’t get a stack of holiday cards & my 4 year old was kind of really bent out of shape over it! Just curious – do you keep your friends’ cards or throw them out after the season? If there is a picture on it – we keep it. They are so fun to look at every few years. We also plan for our own personal card to be the last page to our yearly photo album every year. It’s a nice way to wrap things up.

Their 4×6 accordion card.

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I had to take a picture (forgive the color cast – I was being “efficient” today) . . . just so you can see how it folds up and sits out.

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again, overkill (perfectionism strikes again – at least I didn’t fix the nasty white balance issue:)) . . . but so you can see how these lay out – they are so difficult to visualize in the digital version.
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And, one more cute card from one of my favorite family sessions of the year:

Really wish I had the time to take pictures of everyone’s cards this year – there were some really great ones. The ornaments were popular (5×5 round scalloped ornament printed on pearl card stock):

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“Your little hands wrapped around my finger
And it’s so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter ’cause you’re dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light

To you, everything’s funny
You got nothing to regret
I’d give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that

. . . just never grow up.”

- Taylor Swift

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It’s hard to believe little baby brother fit on a pile of books just a little while ago. Click here to see his newborn session from just a few months ago.

Their tri-fold Holiday card . . .

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sweet, sweet (and really beautiful) family.

Lots of football watching & playing with new Christmas & Birthday toys going on today, so, I’m going to attempt to catch up on all the fall sessions before this year gets started!

Happy New Year!!!!!

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Click for Little man’s newborn session a few months back.

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Their tri-fold accordion Holiday card . . .

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I love the hat battle at the end of their slideshow.** Holley may kill me for sharing that link – but they are such a fun family. I was laughing so hard – I almost forgot to keep shooting.

**before I get emails about these slideshows & licensing . . . these slideshows are not used to sell images – they are free & stored on my server for clients who purchase digital collections to view anytime they wish. They are just for fun.

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I have to throw these in for fun. Family was in town from Brazil for the holidays & they came to help (score on the free reflector holders!). You can’t pass up a photo opp for this many generations of beautiful women – even if they weren’t “camera ready” – they look beautiful and they go best all together . . . each a different chapter in the book.

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and then . . . there is always this. . . love it. Makes me feel like my own kids are so normal:o)
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I’ll take pictures of their Holiday card and share tomorrow. We did this session just for the card! It was worth it. This was the newborn in the Belgium pram a few posts back – you can click here to see her newborn session.

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**Click here to watch their slideshow with video!

***Click here to see their annual session from last year and their family book from Dream Album Co.

Their sessions are always such a breath of fresh air for me. They get what capturing the moments are about. They appreciate what I do and it got me thinking about  all the reasons I love their sessions and here’s the list that generated itself in my head:

What a session with me is about :

- capturing bonds

- capturing Life

- capturing laughs

- tea parties

- capturing love

- hot chocolate & lemonade

- capturing joy

- hide n seek

- capturing milestones

- playing

- dancing

- chilling

- capturing YOU, just how you are.

- capturing LIFE, just how it is.

What a session with me is not about:

- YOU (yea – I know I just said it was all about you – but let me clarify). A family session is not exactly just for you. It’s for your kids. They don’t (and won’t 20 years from now) care if you are all smiling at the same or if you think you need to loose 10 pounds. They just want pictures where you looked in love. WITH THEM. With your husband, with your kids, with your life. So relax and love your family next time you’re in front of my camera. Do it for them please. They will cherish the organic version of you.

- everyone looking at me or everyone looking perfect – there will be some of that – but if that’s all you want . . . go to Pic*%#@ Peop*#. pretty please.

- prints:o) This year will be all digital (with Dream Album Co. products featured in each digital package).

- over-thinking everything in general. Let’s just capture what’s there & enjoy it!

I smell a New Year! Here come the resolutions . . . (forgive the long post – this has been on my mind as I think about business plan changes for the new year:o) AND – this family deserves a long post. They have a lot of awesome pictures.)

OH – and here is their Christmas card! It was a 5×5 inch ornament printed on pearl card stock.

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