Has Christmas touched your heart, yet? It's only a few more days away. The magic of Christmas is a wonderful experience, if you let it be. It can be joyful, despite the crowds. It can be inspiring, when you give with love. It can elevate your soul when you take time for reflection and also focus on peace.
I love Christmas. Childhood is a magical time, and Christmas allows all of us a chance to feel like a kid again, no matter how old we get. From traditions, food, smells, the chill in the air, the bright light of decorations on houses, snuggling up to the same old Christmas movies and cartoons each year, connecting with family and friends, perhaps you serve others, and rejoice in celebrating Jesus' birth. Most of us have at least one thing we can find to love about this time of year.
What Christmas songs, art, and traditions do you cherish? What songs do your children cherish? I hope you and your children are creating beautiful experiences and memories together this year, and that the love between you lasts a lifetime.
This session was something I dreamed of doing when I found out I was pregnant with my little girl in November 2015. I knew I wanted to do a Christmas angel series. This year I went for it, and I'm so glad I did. I'm in love with these images and my little daughter. It'll be a tradition to do a new Christmas series each year with her. I'm wanting to do more angle photos too in the future. I believe in angels, and I feel like their presence is always stronger during Christmastime. I love reading about angels and people's experiences with them. I love angel artwork, and songs about angels. This made me very happy to create this series.
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
I'd love to share my most favorite Christmas song with you. It has been my favorite Christmas song since I was a child. There are many covers of this song by talented musicians, and I cannot choose a favorite, because I pretty much love this song whenever I hear by whomever is singing it. ;) One thing for sure is, can't go wrong with listening to Bocelli, and it's pretty awesome to hear him paired with Mary J. Blige.
May there always be an angel by your side. May you have a meaningful and merry Christmas!
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We don't have snow yet down in the Treasure Valley. Just a lot of cold, overcast skies, and inversion. That doesn't mean we couldn't make the best of what we have, which is a lot of sagebrush and open desert.
I'm in love with her little knit suit and boots, but the pop of red from her Santa hat just brings a lot of Christmas feel to the images.
When we left for the session it was near dusk, the sun was going down fast. I attempted to take most shots with only available natural light, but towards the end I pulled out my flash to give a boost to the last set of images. I really should've left the house sooner, but when this baby girl finally settles for nap, not even a mouse will stir, because no one dares to wake her. We don't call her Clairebear just because it's cute, although that's one reason. ;)
Now, for a little more imagination... it's the Wild West, so why not?
Now, don't go gettin' upset. These aren't real. I've taken heat for using these prop reptiles before. No snakes, tortoise, or children were in any danger. It isn't real. It's called creativity and playfulness. She had fun feeding the tortoise and telling the snake what to do with her stick.
Have a rootin' tootin' Christmas, y'all!
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