It’s Holiday Time!
While the winter in Colorado isn’t exactly great for riding, it is fantastic for connecting with family. And being busy isn’t reserved for just me. Out entire family of adult children is very busy too. But every Thanksgiving and Christmas, we are blessed that our kids and their significant others come to our house for the holidays.
This year I was fortunate enough that 2 of my 4 parents were able to share in the festivities with us. My husband took over cooking the turkey, potatoes and gravy which left me a lot of time to take pictures and capture some memories.
Since I have my YouTube studio complete with a cool backdrop set up with lights in my basement, I decided to turn it into a photo studio. As our family members arrived, I took them downstairs to take a picture or two.
I thought it would be best to take pictures, before we ate. And before everyone was in a food coma. And with our dog Harley shedding all over everything, it was best to take the photos before his hair marked everyone who comes into our home.
So one by one (or two by two) I brought everyone downstairs to my studio.
And captured the day. Some photos were traditional style portraits. But I also had to put my own twist on things, and have them do something a little less traditional, and more like our family. Which means silly. And I love it!
But I have an ulterior motive you see. Not only did I take some fun photos, but I am going to print these pictures through Nations Photo Lab, and make framed prints for our family room.
And now I have updated photos to fill a blank wall. Updated photos of most of our family. Because like everyone else, I do have older pictures of when they were in school.
But having a wall of photos of more recent and candid pictures is my goal for the beginning of 2019.
And since I have all of the equipment for my hobby…aka YouTube videos…I thought it would be a good idea to use what I have to create memories.
And along with the more traditional type of pictures, I also like to take candid’s. Because the candid shots are the ones that make me smile a little more.
And let’s face it, most of us have pictures of our kids while they are in elementary school. But what about when they are grown?
And what about when they are doing something that really captures their personalities?
To me, that is what makes a picture special. And it also helps that my son’s girlfriend is a professional photographer. So she was able to get a family shot. I was just sad that she wasn’t in our family photo. You can see her work here. She is truly an artist when it comes to capturing great moments, and a much better photographer than I am. So I am looking forward to sharing a photo session with you all soon!
So next year, I am going to have to bust out the tripod, and set the timer so we can all be on the photo. And hopefully one day we will have a family photo with grand babies too. But for now, I am happy to have captured some memories of a more recent family gathering.
And coming in January, since I won’t be doing a lot of riding, I will show you how you can make a gallery of your most treasured family photos. Sure it’s not conducive to a minimalist type lifestyle. But let’s face it, I am not a minimalist. I love surrounding myself with my family, and memories.
I have been buying photo frames (from the dollar store) and little trinkets to hang on the wall. And once the Christmas decorations come down, I will be repainting this room, and making a huge gallery wall of more recent photos of our family. So make sure to subscribe to this blog, so you can look forward to that!
And from my family to yours, I wish you a very happy holiday season!