Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Landers First Family Portraits and Christmas Cards 2015

Gulp. I admit it. With most of my work done for other companies debuting on their sites, I have very little time for work shared on my own. I have become the very, VERY occasional blogger. And I am okay with that. This is rare, I know, but I am happily sharing a new post!

Melissa Robotti Photography

I have always dreamed of having a professional family portrait session outside. This year my dream became a reality, as my parents gifted me family portraits as an early Christmas gift--I could not be more thrilled!

Melissa Robotti Photography

 Family portraits are something I have been longing to have displayed in a gallery wall in our home to cherish for years to come. {HELP! WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COMPANIES FOR ORDERING PHOTO COASTERS and CARDSTOCK PRINTS?)

Melissa Robotti Photography

I was utterly thrilled when we found Melissa Robotti of Robotti and Rosa Photography to take our portraits. She had the perfect setting in mind when I described desire for a fall sunset session when the light is absolutely enchanting!

Melissa Robotti Photography

I had a ball selecting our wardrobe, all starting with the peachy-pink flutter tulle skirt I had been eyeing at Anthropologie. I felt it was me, encapsulated in garment!

Melissa Robotti Photography

I knew that soft colors photograph the most beautifully, therefore a pale peach, pink, cream and camel color scheme was chosen. A pair of tall chestnut-hued leather boots was spotted at Neiman Marcus Last Call and purchased for a major discount, and it just so happened that my mom had purchased me a perfect-matching peach infinity scarf at Anthropologie two years prior, which gave the texture and warmth I wanted while wearing a simple long sleeve tee.

Melissa Robotti Photography

Ryan wore a cashmere camel sweater, a pale pink button down shirt and khaki pants. What a trooper! He looks SO HANDSOME, swoon!

Our little Noah was dressed in Vineyard Vines head-to-toe. We caught their Friends and Family sale, getting him the cords and sweater. It really complimented his light complexion and hair. The shoes he wore were fabulous--a great find at Clark's Shoes.

Melissa Robotti Photography

 Just turning four, he is at this most precious age I wanted to capture on camera. I wish we would have done family portraits since he was born, but I have been taking quite a few snaps myself, we have no shortage of images. Not to mention Liza Voll took fabulous gorgeous photos of Noah, Ryan and I at his first two birthday parties which I adore.

Melissa Robotti Photography

Noah did a wonderful job during our photo session, warming up to Melissa instantly (she is such a natural with young children, and pulls out the very best in you), and I felt that somehow Melissa was able to capture something unique and beautiful in the portraits no one else could have. Upon going into her studio for our ordering session, I had to pull myself up off the floor--I was enchanted and cannot wait to do a styled shoot with her in her AMAZING studio.

Melissa Robotti Photography

Now of course, we figured the best way to share these portraits was in our Christmas cards. And this year, I had this very unique color scheme: peachy pink, camel and creamy white. Finding a card in those colors wasn't easy. And then being as passionate about paper as I am, I wanted letterpress cards. I just love the look and feel of letterpress. I searched, and searched....and, low and behold, Tiny Prints had the perfect cards! I mean, it felt as if these cards were designed for our family portraits.

The icing on the cake was the fact that they were, indeed, letterpress! I was able to have rounded corners, and then even have the back of the card designed to show additional photos from our portrait session.

I was smitten with something this gal who is very familiar with the stationery industry had never seen before--photo envelope liners! OH MY HEAVENS, I love them. The picture of Noah running through the fields just seemed like the perfect liner (because, he is exuding such JOY, the message we wanted to share with our cards).

On top of that, I got wrap-around return address labels and something I've always wanted to try--matching custom postage stamps!!!!!! This year our photos and cards go together like peanut butter and jelly. They exude our style, message we want to share with our loved ones this Christmas--and I could not be happier.

So that is the story of this year's Christmas cards--a family portrait session, finding that needle in the haystack of a card from Tiny Prints, and discovering my new love: photo envelope liners.

I wanted to share a couple of fun things we are doing this holidays with you, and while I am taking a short break, I couldn't resist sharing our portraits and cards with you.

Next up are our gifts for teachers, neighbors and service men and women. I will share the yummiest treats we chose this year, along with some charming packaging ideas!!!

My blog is due for a much-needed makeover, and I am excited about seeing where God leads me on this journey of where it will go next. Styling, celebrations, interior design, family, faith...looking forward to diving in!





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