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kids at tree farm with hot chocolate and marshmallows

 

I’ve had my home studio for over 10 years now, so I assume I’ve been photographing Christmas minis just as long. I love seeing families return year after year, watching the kids grow up, new siblings joining, and the adrenaline rush of trying to wrangle up numerous little ones to look in the same direction or even just all be happy at once, so we can get THAT shot – the one that will go on the front of the Christmas card!

I’m so grateful to everyone that has put their faith in me and trusted me with your Christmas photos over the years.

It seems like every year, local photographers start announcing Christmas sessions earlier and earlier. Last year it was August, this year it was July. I’m just going to be honest – I don’t want to be thinking about snow and tinsel in the middle of summer! The same ideas get re-used and recycled, with slight changes here and there, and there are many last minute trips to HomeSense, hahaha! And yes, they are still cute and can be fun, buuuuut….

This year I want to do things a little differently.

I also want a more enjoyable experience for YOU, my clients. One where we aren’t rushed, where your family can relax and have fun, and where we catch those natural moments of love and joy, the kind this season is supposed to be all about!

So this year, let’s document YOUR family traditions. Let’s incorporate fun family activities into your Christmas session. I want to hear your ideas, and photograph your family as the unique group of people you are.

So, are you ready? Let’s do this!

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

-take me with you when you go on a hunt to find the perfect Christmas tree
-invite me into your home while you decorate your tree and drink hot chocolate
-find the biggest hill you can and we’ll go tobogganing
-bedtime routine with your kids as you read them stories in their Christmas PJs
-Christmas crafts at your dining room table
-any other traditions your family has leading up to the holidays, calm ones, wacky ones, let’s see it!

family reading christmas book

Pricing

I’m going to open up my demi-session pricing to families for the months of November and December for these holiday sessions. That means a reduced session fee and the ability to purchase 10 images instead of the full set (but the full set is still an option too!) and I’m going to throw in a free set of Christmas cards for you, because ’tis the season, afterall <3
Email me for full details :)

I know this won’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. There are plenty of mini sessions being offered if that’s what you would like. But for those of you that want to do something a little different, let’s plan a fun morning, afternoon, or evening together!

I can’t wait!!

 

Tara Graham is a nationally accredited newborn photographer in Oshawa, ON, specializing in maternity, newborn, and family photography in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Courtice, and Bowmanville in the Durham Region.

I generally don’t put much effort into resolutions (making them, or keeping them!), but lately I’ve really been thinking a lot about how my body is aging, and also craving more time to work on various ideas I have for my business(es). So I’m making some goals and putting plans in place!

RESOLUTION ONE – Get stronger!

My body is letting me down:

  • I’m tired, even though my 22 month old is an AMAZING sleeper.
  • I feel weak, and don’t have the strength to do things like I used to.
  • The inflammation in my finger joints flared up again as I let my eating habits change out of laziness and lack of time.
  • I weigh equal or less than my pre-pregnancy weight, but things look different, (mamas, you know what I mean, right?!) And I’m worried that people might start asking me when I’m due, even though I’m not pregnant again.
  • I would like to being pregnant again, if my body is capable. This is a tough one to admit, in case it doesn’t happen. It’s very possible it won’t happen, and that’s okay too. But if it does, I’ll be ready.

So I decided it was time to get my butt in shape (as well as the rest of me). On the Black Friday weekend, I signed up for a online coaching program that is tailored to my needs and goals, and I’ve been doing it! It’s hard. My muscles are not used to moving. But it feels good. I did cheat on the diet a bit with the holidays, but hoping for some noticeable results in the new year, and I’ll be avoiding the nightshade foods that cause my inflammation to flare up. (Damn you, delicious tomatoes!)

RESOLUTION TWO – create a healthier home!

Time to get rid of everything that could be hindering Resolution One. I’m switching out more of our home and body products for more natural options. As someone with fertility issues, if there’s a product that contains hormone/endocrine disrupters, I don’t want it near me anymore. I take a number of vitamins and supplements recommended by my naturopath, and try to avoid over-the-counter medications whenever possible, in favour of a natural alternative. And now, cleaning products, soaps, shampoo and conditioner, skincare regimens, it’s all changing. I was also already using a natural deodorant for a number of years, and started using vinegar solutions for much of our cleaning once our son came along, but I’m kicking it up a few notches!

RESOLUTION THREE – show up here more!

I’d like to start posting here and on my social media pages more regularly, with more useful content, and also as a way to show things I’m currently loving or working on. It’s definitely been tricky to find time for things like this, but I’ll be making it more of a priority, and having Nana-Daycare set up on a regular basis in the new year will hopefully allow me to work more efficiently on those days, and be fully present for my son on the other days. Plus, I may get to bed earlier and not be up late trying to get work done instead of sleeping. A win-win-win.

If anyone has any advice, tips, Pinterest boards, etc. that could help me stay on track, please share with me! And as part of Resolution Three, I will share some great finds I come across too!

Wishing everyone a 2018 full of health and happiness, and anything else you desire!

 

Here’s a photo of my little guy from November. So cliché, but he makes me want to be a healthier, stronger mama, so I can be there for him in every way!

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Tara Graham is a nationally accredited newborn photographer in Oshawa, ON, specializing in maternity, newborn, and family photography in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Courtice, and Bowmanville in the Durham Region.

Tara graham Black Friday Print SaleTERMS AND CONDITIONS

-To take advantage of this exclusive offer, you will need to have the filename/image number of the images you wish to have printed. (I won’t be able to look up images for you.)

-Minimum order of three (3) prints required in order to obtain the discounted price. This can include different images and different sizes.

-Album orders will include all images from your session. (For wedding albums, please send list of 50 images, upgrade fees apply for additional pages.)

-Prints will be ready before the holidays, Albums will not. You will receive a digital layout to approve before your album is printed.

-All orders must be emailed to tara@taragrahamphoto.com by Tuesday, November 28th at 11:59pm. No refunds or extensions, and not valid for items previously purchased.

 

Tara Graham is a nationally accredited newborn photographer in Oshawa, ON, specializing in maternity, newborn, and family photography in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Courtice, and Bowmanville in the Durham Region.
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