‘Tis the Season

This year’s family Christmas card was inspired by a photo I took in August of Miss L with her cousins. It was such a fun shot and seemed well-suited for our card.

Of course, actually taking the photo was more of a challenge. The oldest was home for the blink of an eye over Thanksgiving, spending most of the visit with his friends. I quickly set up this shot and fired off the camera maybe 15 times before he bolted out the door, back to school. Harrumph.

Lucky for me that I ended up with several contenders for our card. Honey and I picked this one and I set off on making it into a card. That turned out to be the biggest challenge. Everything was too…something. Too busy. Too sweet. Too wrong. I played around with it on and off for about a week before I stripped out all the elements and started fresh, just the black-and-white photo. Added a wide border of white. The scalloped circle in red. And I knew: This was our card.

Sometimes, simpler is better.

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My son is a senior in high school.

My baby is a senior.

That sweet little chubby-cheeked cherub — so fat he could not even lift himself to crawl — is now six feet tall and employed. And graduating from high school in just a few short months.

Our plan has been for me to do his senior portraits but finding the time has been a challenge. He and his brother are home today, thanks to a teacher workday, so I chased him out of bed this morning so we could take pictures. Poor, sleepy baby! LOL! We had a lot of fun with the picture taking, although there was a great deal of good-natured teasing on both ends. And some whining (that came from one person only, whose shall remain nameless but he is male and his name rhymes with Poshua). I’d hoped to get about 10 really good shots and ended up with closer to 40. A few of my favorites: