Christmas cards arriving daily…

One of the highlights of my day is going to the mailbox and checking out what surprise awaits me. Most days there’s something worth reading. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, I enjoy daily mail surprises that bring smiles and warmth to my heart. I read the year in review from friends and loved ones. I share their joys and sometimes their sorrows. And I view their family photos with great delight.  I {cherish} each one I receive. I look at them over and over again. Even though I failed to get my cards out this year, I do sincerely appreciate the time and thought that each person who sent us a card put into their efforts. I figure y’all don’t want Christmas cards of our children, ahem, I mean dogs but I will try to get some out next year anyway!

During this season, I hardly have time to do anything more than edit all the wonderful images taken of some wonderful clients from October to December. That brings me to the reason for this post. The image I’m about to share is my favorite one taken this season. If you’ve been following my photography growth, you’ll recognize this family. They have been with me from the very beginning, supporting me creatively from the moment this little man was growing in J’s belly. I’ve photographed little K multiple times over the last year – from newborn to his recent first birthday. He’s a serious little boy. It’s been a challenge to get him to smile. It’s a rare occasion to capture it. But on this day in late November, with the help of his Grandmother & her faithful companion Motley, behind me making silly sounds — we collaboratively made this little man smile. And this image warms my heart and brings me so much joy. Over a year in the making to get a smile. Well worth it!

So, when I received their Christmas card in the mail last week, I just sat and smiled. It is beautiful and I could only say over and over to myself. I.did.that. That is my photograph. However, I have to give all the glory to God. He gave me the desire and talent and I want to glorify Him through my gift. Thank you C family for allowing me to capture your family over the last year. You have  been generous, gracious and truly a blessing.  I hope to continue to bless you with my gift.

2010 Favorite Photo

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