It almost doesn’t happen…every year. You know the old saying “Cobblers kids never have shoes”? Well, photographer’s kids never have photos…or at least not ones edited and printed. Unless I do it early in the year at the beach or on another trip, our Christmas card shoot happens late…like the 1st or 2nd week of December late. It’s a race to the finish. And, after 13 years of my kids being test subjects, they don’t exactly get too excited about it. So, don’t think it’s any easier for me than it is for you to get good expressions. Photographing my own is so much harder! But, Brad gives them a pep talk every year and off we go!
I’ve always loved Christmas cards, so it’s important to me to get them done no matter the struggle with schedules and cooperative spirits. I love seeing photos of friends’ families we don’t get to see as often as we would like and how their kids have grown a little more each year. I also love seeing the creativity and reading the sentiments. A Christmas ornament with the year and a photo is also an annual tradition since my kids were born. I love seeing how my kids have changed from year to year as I hang each year’s ornament on our tree.
The creek was one of my very favorite places to shoot this year, and as you’ll see on other blog posts, my clients loved it too. I had so many requests for it! I love it there because the light is filtered, reflective and dreamy. It’s so much fun to watch kids come alive once they step into the water. They think the portrait session is over and now they can relax, play and have fun. And, that’s exactly what I want them to do. Their personalities come out and it’s when I get my favorite shots of kids just being themselves…Boys skipping rocks and girls splashing.
From my very first shoot there I knew it was where I wanted some of my own kids. It just so happened that they were the last to put their boots into the creek this year. My only regret is that we got our new puppy after the shoot and my cards had already been designed. Oh well…there’s always next year for our pup. She’ll just be a lot bigger! At least she made it on the ornament.
Hope to get a few of these up on my walls soon! A little pep talk by big sis to get this thing started…
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Thanks to my friend Kelly who grabbed my camera and got an impromptu shot of our family while we were with them one weekend at their hunting camp. Funny that we all had on similar colors that morning after we rolled out of bed at the cabin, so it just worked. Thankful to have one from that fun family weekend!
Oh! And for this year’s photo ornament, I ordered a cube ornament from Shutterfly. So impressed with the photo quality on them and love that you can put images on all sides and the bottom. Check it out!
NEW FOR FALL 2013! With my background in graphic design, I’m always on the lookout for new and unique printed products that better suit the needs and personal style of my clients. So, today, I’m announcing a new online partnership for holiday cards, save the dates, invitations and more! And, not just any cards and invitations…these are the most creative ones I’ve seen available for online purchase, and I’m so thrilled to offer them to my Clients, Facebook and Twitter followers. The use of colors and typefaces, along with luxuriously thick paper stocks make them truly amazing. And, lots of cards with full bleed images (which you know are my favorite kind!) See for yourself at http://www.heatherdurhamphotography.minted.com/ or click on the screenshot below. You can use the “2013 Holiday Cards” link on my website. Go ahead, check it off your list as 2013 being your best Christmas card ever!
For the first time ever I am offering Christmas card mini sessions on Saturday, October 12th at a field/barn/cabin location in the Over The Mountain area of Birmingham. These 20 minute sessions are $175 and include 6-8 fully edited, high res digital images with print and usage rights for your holiday cards. There will be early morning and late afternoon sessions with limited availability. First come, first serve. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot and check Christmas cards off your to-do list early this year!
I hope your family has a wonderful Christmas season, remembering and celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus, the free gift of salvation through grace and the reason we have hope.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 7:14
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations,
“The LORD reigns! — I Chronicles 16:30
To my clients — Thank you for a wonderful 2012! I enjoyed capturing your families, your weddings, your sporting events, and most of all your memories. It’s my passion, and I consider it a privilege that you chose me.
I’d like to share our personal Christmas card (opened out flat), with photographs I took in the beautiful towns of Rosemary Beach and Watercolor, Florida while our family was on vacation. Thank you for making it possible for me to be a work-from-home mom and a photographer. I love being both!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
And, stay tuned for “bloopers” and more images from my session with my own kids…
Shop Now on My Website!
With my background in graphic design, I’ve always loved fine stationary, invitations, paper products and all the many ways photography can be used creatively with them. So, I am thrilled to announce that as of this fall, I have partnered with a quality printing company to offer you these products. You can now purchase all of your fine stationary, invitations and photo cards directly from my Heather Durham Photography website…and not just at Christmas! I’m so excited about this because I am able to offer my clients, friends and family many of the choices you would find at other local fine stationary retailers, but with the convenience of online shopping and ordering directly from the printer…the same printer that prints for the local and online retailers. Shop for designs from quality lines such as Stacy Claire Boyd, Little Lamb Designs, PicMe!, Putnam House, Take Note, Modern Posh and more.
Christmas cards are a separate transaction from your Heather Durham Photography print order, because I fulfill your prints, but my printing company fulfills stationary, invitations and Christmas cards. Purchase your digital image with usage rights. Once you receive your digital image from me, you can log onto the site, choose your design, upload your digital photo image (or choose a style where you add your own 4×6 prints), then specify your greeting and ink color. Once your order is placed and charged to your credit card online, your order will be shipped directly to you. It’s that simple and you can shop for any occasion or holiday!
So, when you are considering your Christmas cards, return address stickers, and other holiday cards and stationary this year, please check out this new addition to my website. There are many designs styles – from modern, whimsical and traditional, to everything in between. Right now all holiday photo cards are 15% though November 18th at midnight. Click here when you are ready to shop. You can also go to my website and click on the link at the top “2012 holiday cards”.