Fair warning: this post is incredibly pic heavy.
For the first shoot, I had to consult with Sweetie. If you aren't aware already, Sweetie is my mom and Nola's grandma/fashion consultant/stylist/manager. Last year we did the typical and somewhat gaudy Santa hat route, and I wanted to do a 180 this year. Sweetie suggested we go a subtle beachy theme. We used an old and weathered adirondack chair, soft white lights, small Christmas tree branches, a pale blue blanket and Nola's sporting a silver blue martingale collar.
The next one was totally spur of the moment and I give props to a certain online pin board for sparking the idea. While browsing the wasteland that is Pinterest, I came across this awesome and simple "insta-backdrop", as I've dubbed it. In the original pin, the photography took a baby gate and wove multicolored lights through it to make an awesome bokeh backdrop. I was like "hm, I can do that. In fact, I can do it better!", so I took our fireplace screen that belonged to my great great great grandmother and covered it with soft white and yellow Christmas lights. I then took the couch footstool and draped it with a white blanket, making sure it stayed nice and flat to save me hours of cloning in postproduction. This shoot resulted in the header, which I LOVE.
|Pretty, isn't it?|
|I took some of the snowflakes like in the above picture and hung them on the screen.|
|My set up. Fireplace, footstool, place to prop my elbows on to avoid my shaking hands ruining the picture.|
|How precious is that little head tilt? Collective "awww".|
|Note to self: put this chin-on-the-floor-trick on cue. Too damn cute.|
|Set up, part doux.|
And lastly, I had to break out the Santa hat. I had to.
PS: Points if you can count how many different collars Nola sported over this three day span. :p