This post is in collaboration with Minted and WaxSeals.com. All opinions are mine alone.
One year, for my family’s holiday photo, I styled a modern, dressed up holiday shoot at a chic downtown loft. Another year, it was borderline naughty Mrs. Claus and her little elves playing in the snow. A creative at heart, I love setting a distinct vision for each year’s holiday photo and then executing the details from the clothing and props to the card printing – after all, our card just might land on someone’s fridge!
This year I went with a simpler theme, a throwback to Americana nostalgia. A historic waterwheel grist mill and homestead in Oak Brook, Graue Mill, provided the perfect backdrop. Between a sweet pistachio green and white clapboard house, and a shiny red truck loaned to us from a friend, we were able to evoke a feeling of simplicity – because that’s really what the holidays are all about it, right?
The last few years I have been printing our annual holiday card with Minted. As a professional photographer, I am extremely picky about print quality and I only have good things to say about Minted. I always go with a thick matte stock because I love the way it feels in your hand compared to a gloss, and Minted offers a luxurious signature cotton stock that is 130lb., 19.3 point thickness. I like special details, which is why I chose this glittery gold foil-press card design.
The details don’t stop there – you might consider adding an extra special touch when you send off your holiday card with love. Literally. A lovely wax seal from WaxSeals.com sealed up our cards with just the right stylish touch. I selected this gorgeous wax seal with a “With Love” script design from the Saffron Avenue Collection.
Yes, you read right! We’re leaving tomorrow for two weeks of sunshine and flip flop weather! The boys can’t contain their excitements. They’re been counting down every single day for the past two weeks to see their grandsparents. They’re going to be spoiled rotten. For the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing me in summer dresses! I. Can’t. Wait!!
We can’t decided if we’ll visit Mickey Mouse again. But for sure, Legoland is in the agenda. Any tips? How about favorite restaurants in the Orlando area to my foodie followers out there. I love food. Very, very much so therefore I’m sooooo not picky.
See you all in Florida!
One of the best perks about being a photographer is that I not only understand lighting, I know the best places to shoot in Chicago. Not only did I have my own holiday session done here a few weeks ago (I’ll be posting those soon), I suggested to my client from this past weekend to have their family sessions done here as well. I mean, come on! Look at the gorgeous lighting in this place! So Grace that works there took some shots for me while I waited for my clients to arrive. I’ve been asked on Instagram is this is my place, I wish!
Till next time, everyone!
I’ve been working like mad these past few months. It’s been a super season so I’m not complaining. Work has been especially busy because a lot of clients knows I’m leaving for Florida in a week so they’ve been scheduling their sessions almost every day. Definitely looking forward to some vacation with the fam bam! I may not even pick up the camera at all? Never mind, who am I kidding??
Peplum top from Tobi. You can shop similar look below.