The meeting of Santa Claus

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Here it is, the Christmas photo we all wait for as parents. The first meeting between the mystical creature known as Santa that all little children lay their hopes and dreams in. And wouldn’t you know it, Jack was terrified, mortified, and screamed like he was being skinned alive right in front of me. As if Santa had set him on fire himself. And I have to admit, it was lovely and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I guarantee that this photo will magically re-appear throughout Jack’s life in many fitting and embarrassing scenarios. Fantastic.

Holiday Photos

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Holiday photos with your little one, so many ideas in so little time. I knew I wanted to do it, but it’s so hard to actually get everything together and get it done, sometimes enjoying a cup of tea and some down time is just so much easier. So this particular photo shoot was completely unplanned and it turned out fabulous. Go figure.

I ordered this amazingly comfy onsie from http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarasweetandsmall on Etsy. Basically she makes formal clothing where everything is connected to your onsie, a genius idea. She also makes the accessories, like Jack’s cute clip on tie. So I was headed out to a mommy meet up group which I go to each week and we were all bringing our little ones dressed up for the holidays. Before we left I set Jack down near the tree and saw how cute he looked and thought, “BOOM! Christmas picture!” And before you knew it, Jack was being snapped and played with and shouted to like something out of Zoolander, dance monkey!!! Luckily he loved it and we got some fabulous photos out of our shoot, which only took about 10 minutes. By the way, you can’t have too many good pictures without a few funny outtakes.

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Great Photo Idea

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So since Jack was born I decided to do a once a month photo shoot and then at the end of one year I can put all the photos together and frame it and voila! You get to see your little one growing up and it’s such a great gift for the family! Here’s what I did. I started by going to Joann’s and purchasing 12 different fabrics. (This cost about $100, and I know it isn’t cheap but if you see my suggestion on what to do with the fabric afterwards it will be totally worth it). I then went on Etsy.com (my favorite place in the world) and bought some stickers with the months on them to stick to Jack’s onesie ($10). Then I ironed the fabric, laid it on top of a blanket on the floor so it wouldn’t crumple every time he moved around, stood on a chair and SNAP! You need to make sure you have indirect overhead lighting so that there are not any shadows cast, I am lucky to have skylights but you can try your brightest room at midday and that should work too. It has been so fun and I can’t wait until they are all done and I can frame the final product on the wall! There is great collage making software out there, I used Photobucket for the one you see above. The individual pictures are amazing as well, we used one for our Holiday Cards this year.

Added Bonus for the Super Crafty: Years later when you have time you can use the fabrics for a quilt that your baby can have for the rest of their lives. UGH!