Are you feeling the rush already? The Holidays seem to be sneaking up earlier and earlier …partly because Santa’s jolly rear is popping up in store displays around August, and this week I saw that there are several major retailers opening Thanksgiving night which is insane to me.
By 9pm on Thanksgiving, a time when several stores will be opening their doors, I’ll have a full blown case of the turkey sweats and expect to have a blood gravy level of at least .2%. There’s no way, no matter the deal, that I’ll be out fighting for parking spaces, standing out in the cold, with a bunch of crazed deal hunters.
Aside from shopping, this is the time of year I dread when it comes to our annual family photos.
I have such good intentions and try so hard to get some great shots for our Christmas cards, but always end up with…well, just watch this quick video. These are my actual cards from 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
This year I was fortunate that a good friend and photographer, Amber Shader, was kind enough to give her time and talent to take some great pictures of the kids (which will be in my Holiday Shopping Guide over the next couple days). Check out the dramatic difference in her photos:
So this year to break tradition I’ll have some nice photos to use for cards…
or maybe these will go on the walls and I’ll take some pictures too, just to stick with tradition. We’ll see…
If you live in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, or New York, Amber is for hire…and actually, she travels even further. I know she has dates coming up in New Orleans and Las Vegas. Check out her website and Facebook page for her work (people, places, pets…it’s all amazing), and contact her for details on getting your pictures done at email@example.com.
Thanks, Amber for a stress free, fun afternoon with some photos that I’ll treasure forever!