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Friday, December 9, 2011

Turning Awkward Faces into Something to Give Grandma...

My favorite part of Christmas is figuring out Christmas Cards & taking Christmas pictures. Last year I just grabbed a random picture that wasn't that great, put some text on it & sent it out.

This year, I got lucky. My friend Valorie - of Valorie Clark Photography - is an up & coming photographer (currently in Texas, soon to be in D.C-region) and offered to "practice" on us. Of course I accepted the offer. Because I wanted to get free Christmas portraits be a good friend & let her practice.

As all of Valorie's work, they turned out amazing & I couldn't be happier. It was so much fun! Here's some of my favorites:

Funny story... The last time we took pictures was for our wedding & engagement photos, and props weren't as prominent in couples photography as they seem to have become over the past 2 years. So when Valorie showed up carrying a box with props in it, Christian refused to put anything on or hold anything at first... but then I reminded him this wasn't for him & to suck it up. That resulted in this priceless beauty...

So that's what I did last Saturday.

Be sure to go check out Valorie Clark Photography (on Twitter too!).... I know we're going to be seeing a lot of great things from her in the future!

Thanks Valorie for this ♥


  1. FUN!! I love that last one. Grandma will REALLY like that one. And maybe you can teach her the fist pump too...so she can be cool and hip. ;)

  2. Looks like a fun photo shoot! I love the 2 with the snowflakes!

  3. Such great photos!! I am loving that snowflake garland.

  4. These turned out great! I can't imagine my husband would be too thrilled about props either. LOL.

  5. These are really great! Christian's lack of smile gives the pictures a very real look. :)

  6. Hahahaha that is hilarious! Love your outfit!

  7. what great photographs! looks like it was a fun photo shoot! glad i found your lovely blog - follow each other?
    xo ellie

  8. Those are very cute! Which did you choose for your cards?

  9. Your pictures are wonderful! And I'm glad to hear your friend Valorie will be in my area soon -- it's always nice to have some good talent in the area.