Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Card Photos

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I was excited to celebrate Thanksgiving at
my sister-in-law Dorothy's house this year.

I wanted to photograph my niece's 4-month-old
daughter Fiona!

I brought my big white board for a background
 and took Fifi's photo:

I added a background in Photoshop Elements 8.

I explain the process more in

Using the white background
allows for LOTS of creativity.

Dorothy wanted me to photograph the
four generations together.

Dorothy along with,
her mother, daughter and granddaughter

We couldn't stop snapping photos!

Now everyone wanted to pose.

Here are my nieces Crystal and Andrea:

All these photos were taken in Dorothy's
backyard on a cloudy day at 50 degrees.

I brought along Santa hats.

I like natural, unposed portraits

My nephews didn't dress for portraits,
but with the eldest Andrew away at college...

They are rarely together to take a photo.


A family portrait
with a hodge-podge of outfits.

I don't have any recent photos of
my mother and father-in-law.

Great time to update!

I got to photograph my own kids
who are both away at different colleges.

And the true shocker...
I'M actually in a photo!

My brother-in-law Randy shot these for me.

Our family Christmas card this year:

If you'd like to try this technique,
you can use my

Happy Holidays!

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Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Wonderful captures & love the bokeh! =)

Jill said...

Beautiful photos!

Ellie said...

You have got some lovely pictures in there, and wee Fiona is so cute with lovely eyes.

Debbie said...

wow....good looking people!!

MarmePurl said...

Oh...someday I hope to understand photography as well as you. Lovely photos! Maybe then I will revisit the inside of my barn ans see what happens.

Ryan said...

Fantastic family portraits Jill, my kids were photographed last week at school by the professional photographer and I think I'll play around with bokeh for their backgrounds.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

These are fabulous, Jill. Can I come over with my cats so you can take our holiday photos? :)

geetlee said...

these are beautiful shots! you've captured the moments so well!
happy holidays!

André Tavares said...

Hello Jill

I am Brazilian photographer André.
Was traveling in your blog, very cute!
Beautiful graphics, where the feeling is expressed.
Family, our haven, our way
I am already a follower.
When you can visit my blog, would welcome your comments.

Thank you for your attention.
Hugs friend

André Tavares.

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All are very nice picture. I like them. Thanks for sharing.

solar panel said...

Nice blogging.Pictures in this post are gorgeous. I like all .

Cooper said...

BTW, in the pic of yo 3 nephew-guys, the one in the red t-shirt looks like a relative of mine.

Am curious. Cheers!

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