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Christmas Portraits 2008

Back in 2005 right after Madalyn was born I took the girls for a Christmas portrait and had a horrible experience with a local photography studio.  Long story short, I decided after that awful day to learn how to use my camera so that I could take my own photos of my kids.  I practiced and practiced with my old film Rebel and learn some of the basics.  Then in 2007 I invested in a digital camera and have continued to learn so much ever since then.  I try each year to have a couple sessions with them.  Of course I take a lot of photos of them, but a few times a year we get them dressed up specifically with a photo shoot in mind.  Sometimes it works–other times it doesn’t.  Today was half and half! 

I got the girls all dressed up for a Christmas portrait.  Last year I did a few casual ones of them in front of the tree.  This year I wanted some of them in their new Christmas dresses.  I also really wanted a nice head shot of each of them and one nice one together. 

They did great individually.  But put them within 2 feet of each other and all you-know-what breaks loose.  I was ecstatic with the head shots!  Here is Annagrace:

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And Madalyn (who is notoriously hard to get a good photo of!):

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But as for the ones together, well–it started like this and went downhill from there.  Maybe I’ll try again later this week!

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See Alison?  Your kids aren’t the only ones!!!

Christmas Music Extravaganza

Well, it isn’t really an extravaganza–just a couple songs.  Aaron had a blog post about his favorite Christmas songs.  So here are a few of mine. 

First up, Run DMC–Christmas in Hollis.  Something about the “mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens” gets me every time.  If you ever find the Beavis and Butthead version–it’s classic.  

Here is Twisted Sister with “My Heavy Metal Christmas”.  Just heard this for the first time last night.  It’s kinda stupid but kinda funny.   

And here is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs.  Heard this for the first time when I was 6 years old and I’ve loved it ever since!  Poor Grandma–she’s been getting run over for 25 years now!

To be truthful, really my favorite Christmas song is “The First Noel” but “I Heard the Bells” by Casting Crowns is quickly rising in the ranks.  I never really liked that song when we sang it every Christmas morning at church when I was a child.  But this arrangement is ridiculously awesome!  That choir is amazing.  


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