Documenting a Christmas Tradition :: Real Life Family Photo Session with Grandparents

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For more than 15 years, my parents have made gingerbread houses for their grandchildren at Christmas time.  As soon as I had children and they were old enough to participate, I was ecstatic!  It’s become one of our favorite Christmas traditions, and one of my favorite holiday activities to document.  I can only imagine the special memories my little ones are storing away of magical times like these, spent with their grandparents.

Late last year, I was contacted by this family to help document their annual Christmas get-together with their extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  They also have a yearly tradition of decorating gingerbread houses with their grandparents!  This will always be a cherished memory for these kiddos and this family, and I was super excited to help them freeze these special moments in time!

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Documenting a Saturday morning at home :: Real Life Family Photo Session

Introducing a new type of photo session offered by yours truly.

The Real Life Family Session.

Picture this: You’re at home with your loved ones on a lazy Saturday morning, with nothing else to do but do what you love to do.

With the ones you love most in this world.

and I’m there to document all of the seemingly ordinariness of it all.

Pajamas.  Pancakes.  Story time.  Game playing.  Snuggles.  Pigtails.  Giggles.

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Fall Family Portraits in Ellicott City, Maryland

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Early in our first conversation, she said her 4-year-old son can be very shy around strangers and he often avoids having his picture taken.  I told her not to worry because we’ll make the session too fun for him not to smile.  Fortunately I was correct, and I was blessed with that sweet smile throughout our session.

Here are just a handful of the many sweet images we captured during their fun family session:

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greenberries: Your Maternity and Baby Shop // Columbia, Maryland

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Last weekend I greeted a young woman at greenberries with a simple, “What can I help you find today?” to which she replied, “Nothing really, just looking.” She meandered around the store for quite a bit before checking out at the register with just a canister of morning sickness tea. As I checked her out she put her name on our mailing list. I mentioned to her that she can find many new and restocked items as well as workshops and events on our greenberries Facebook page. She smiled and said, “If I ‘like’ any pregnancy, child or baby things on Facebook, my family and friends might pick up on the fact that I am pregnant and I have not told anyone yet.” This style of conversation is overheard at greenberries quite frequently actually. Knowing that greenberries is a safe place where families can wonder around and imagine what they are in for as they enter this journey, makes our staff beam with joy. View full post »

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