Charlotte Today Show | Creative Christmas Card Ideas

Hey hey! Hope everyone’s Wednesday is off to a great start.  Today I’m playing catch up and posting last week’s segment recap (finally)!!  As usual,  I had a blast in the studio with Colleen and Eugene sharing Creative Christmas card ideas!  To view the segment, click here.

Prepping for the show really put me in the Christmas Spirit!  Here are a few of the ideas I shared:

This one is a lot of fun!  Who doesn’t love a good prop?!  I love the concept of WORD BUBBLES and playing on words with one of my favorite Christmas Carols: I’m dreaming of a…. you fill in the blank!!

For this idea, I put my kiddos in PJs and tried to get them “nestled all snug in their beds” for a “silent night”.  Wishful thinking with a three year old, but still made for some really fun shots!

How about a quick tip on how to shoot Christmas lights?  Here’s a before with the iPhone:

To get those lights to really blur in the background, pull your subject AWAY from the lights, and with your SLR, turn your aperture and shutter speed down LOW (f 2.0 and 1/30 for this shot) and watch those light start to twinkle!  Here’s the after:

I also love the WORD LETTERS idea!  We had so much fun shooting this and showcasing the girl’s personalities:)
Of course I still can’t get enough of floral wreaths… using any type of cozy prop, blankets, floral crowns can make your images have a very classic Christmasy feel!
And lastly, my favorite place to design/print cards is MINTED.COM.  Their designs are fabulous and the foilpress and letterpress are options are incredibly luxurious!  This year Minted has introduced completely custom cards… you upload your design (i.e. drawn by your kiddos) and minted prints a custom card either foil or letterpressed with the design.  What a unique family treasure!!

Thanks for watching!!  And here’s to you creating a fabulous Christmas card this year!!

Roome Family Favorites | Charlotte Family Photography

Today I’m sharing another gorgeous fall family session!! I had so much fun shooting this beautiful bunch.  And I’ve got to give a littel shout shout out to Aaron, who pulled together all of their awesome outfits. Now that’s a great dad!! The leaves are still trying hard to turn… hopfully by this weekend!!  Enjoy a few of my favorites with the lovely Roome family!! XOXO

Pham Family Favorites | Charlotte Family Photography

I loved my session with the adorable Pham family!! So hard to believe I shot Ashley’s bridals 6 years ago… and now look at them! Beautiful parents to 3 of the cutest lil kiddies! So happy we finally made this work Ashley! Enjoy a few of my favorites! XOXO

Hafener Family Favorites | Charlotte Area Family Photography

My favorite time of year is here and it’s already moving way too quickly!  Between sports and dance, my hubby and the boy’s birthdays, holidays, parties and SO. MANY. SESSIONS. some days it’s hard to keep up… let alone document it all!  Who’s with me?!

Even though I don’t post everything I shoot, this session was way too beautiful not to share a few of my favorites!  I think this family is probably one of my oldest and most loyal clients/friends and I always love our fall family session tradition!  This year did not dissapoint! Hafener family, you guys are the best!!  XOXO



I give you Post #2…some of my all time favorite wedding images!  (See part #1 for details from the first half of the day!) XOXO