Christmas Mini Tips for a Great Session

 

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm

 

This was the first year that we went to Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm for mini sessions and it was amazing!! The tree farm was so cute and because it was before the season, we pretty much had it to ourselves. The Farm only allows a few photographers at a time so that we are not in each others shots.

Our props set up was filled with whites, greens, browns, gold and red for splashes of color

Because Shane and I tag teamed this session, we had him start at our staged location. He made sure to get all the posed photos with our props, which are perfect for Christmas cards. Our set up was  focused towards more neutral, woodsy colors, but we still added the shinny gold to help catch the eye.

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm
Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm

 

After the posed session, I took the families through the farm to get shots through the trees and around the location. They had a great little cabin in the back with a wooden porch that allowed us to have shade, which gave us more even lighting! Next to the cabin we had more variety with a field and tall grass.

We loved the outfit choices out clients went with! Many of them stuck to  browns, blues and greens with a little red, it went so well with the trees and outdoors. It is always a good idea to have your group color coordinated, but not too matchy.

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm

 

Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm
Every once in awhile we had some tears from our littlest models so we had to think quick on our feet. Snacks, Silly faces and You tube videos brought the smiles right back….we owe a lot to “Baby Shark”, that song is a lifesaver!

More tips for Great Christmas Photos:

let their personality shine
Decorating the Christmas tree is a great way to engage the kids
There is nothing like warm hugs to make your heart melt
Games, like follow the toddler, are amazing
Silly faces do the trick!

There was so much to learn this go around but I feel like we had a good groove. We really look forward to taking it to the next level in 2020!!

Sleeping Beauty

ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty

ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

 Once a year my little girl turns another year older and asked to be a princess. This year she was excited to be Sleeping Beauty. My little Beauty played the part wonderfully and was fully in character. It is always a joy to see her dress up even though the rest of the year she is still a princess in her own right.

Her Grandmother has always acted as her “Fairy Godmother” dressing her in new gowns to fit the role she hopes to play that year. She flew all the way from Washington to make my girls dreams become a reality.

This year she is turning 6 and the magic of princesses still fills her heart. I hope she still likes to dress up when she turns 7….

ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty
My Little Sleeping Beauty
ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty and the prick from the spinning wheel
ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty Awakes

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Sleeping Beauty Waiting
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Sleeping Beauty in the Woods
ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

ST Photography Princess Shoot for Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty

 

Beauty and the Beast Party

Beauty and the Beast Party for our 5 year old Princess!


Every year my daughter asks to have a theme birthday party and this year she wanted it to be “Beauty and the Beast.” Like every mom, I checked Pinterest and got to work!
Looking into the enchanted mirror

First I found some great ideas and started to get to work. Then my family and I hit the thrift stores to see what treasures awaited us.

Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast
Ms. Potts from Beauty and the Beast
Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast
Enchanted Rose

We found an old tea pot, silver clock and candlestick holders . The finishing touch was putting a rose in a glass jar and lighting it up with white lights. These props helped bring the movie to life.


Then my daughter dressed as Belle and had a photo shoot.

“Trapped in the Castle”
Belle searches the castle
Nothing makes Belle happier than a good book

Our family loves to dress up. We each pick a character from the movie in order to serve our guests.

Beauty and the Beast Costumes
“Be Our Guest!” Ms. Potts, Feather duster, Lumiere, and Belle
Lumiere costume
Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast
Ms. Potts costume
Ms. Potts from Beauty and the Beast

Once the guest arrived we started games.

Our first game was inspired by Sleeping Beauty. You lay pillows on the floor in a circle and play music as the girls walk around the circle. Then when the music stopped the girls dropped to the floor to sleep on a pillow. If they didn’t get a pillow they were out.

Next was freeze dance to the song “Let it Go” from Frozen.

 

Finally  we pampered the girls with a home spa treatment. We made avocado masks and put cucumbers on their eyes.

This was so much fun and I am so excited to think up a new theme for next year!

One Year Photos

 

It is always amazing to see children grow. From the moments they first grace the world they are filled with awe and wonder. That is why I love capturing these early stages. They will never have that look again and there is something so special about a photograph that causes us to remember this precious life in this stage.

 

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