The last few years the holiday seasons have come and gone without any family pictures. I’ll blame 2016 on a newborn, but I don’t have much of an excuse for 2015 although the card that year may have been one of my favorites. In the past I’ve aimed for our holiday pictures to be pretty casual and true to us like these and these, but this year I felt like shaking things up a bit and going formal.
It’s become a tradition to take Milly and my niece to The Nutcracker every year, and we always get the girls new dresses for the occasion. The dress is beautiful and an easy thing to build off of. Just like decorating a room I want to use similar tones without being matchy-matchy. I picked up Domino’s dress at H&M on Cyber Monday for a song, and the cooler pink is nice with Milly’s blush color. Both girls’ shoes are from Old Navy Milly’s here, Domino’s here and Xander’s little blazer is H&M too.
The silver jewels on Milly’s dress reminded me of this dress I got several years ago for a concert I sang in, and then I picked her shoes to tie it all together even further. Micah’s had that suit for quite some time. It’s always good to get some wear out of the nice clothes we have but never seem to have a place to wear anymore, right?
The reality is, we shot these on a Tuesday morning at 8am because that’s what worked for everyone. Except Domino. The girl usually has some milk at 7:30 and is back down for another hour or so. She was not the most happy about this experience.
Ha! Y ou win some, and you lose some. But if we got one decent family picture, I’d called it a win!
This is not an accurate portrayal of our daily life actually it’s pretty far from my sweatpants and 5-day-old hair, but it was really fun to get a bit fancy. People never dress up anymore, and it feels kind of sad sometimes. Phrases like that make me officially old, don’t they?
Have you taken family photos this year? Do you prefer a more casual vibe or something a bit more fancy?
Photos by the always talented Justin Salem Meyer.
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