The larger families grow, the more difficult it is to get everyone together for family portraits. Thankfully, these next two families I’m featuring made good use of their holiday time together and scheduled family portraits!

The first lovely bunch I had the privilege of serving was the Olson family. They did a fantastic job of coordinating their outfits, posed so naturally with very little direction from me and were so photogenic it made our session so much fun!

Tallahassee Family Photographer

Kelley was one of the very first people I came to know after I moved to Tallahassee. And she’s been a huge champion of my talents ever since. So anytime she sends an inquiry my way, I’m honored to serve her.

This family has two sets of multiples! Kelley is the older sister to her twin brothers, featured below on the left. And in case you missed that opportunity for a pun, that means they’re the male Olson twins! What are the odds? They take it in stride and all in good fun.

The youngest siblings, featured in the middle below, are absolutely precious aren’t they?! She asked for a photo of just her and her brother and immediately slid into this pose *insert all the heart-eyes here* Beautiful girl and I have a feeling she has an even more beautiful heart. And little brother was a charmer too.

Tallahassee Family Photographer

The other set of multiples are these gorgeous triplet sisters, featured below! They are just stunning in their black and white ensembles. And their smiles are totally beautiful! Before the session they expressed concerns of looking natural or too stiff. But after the formal family portraits, these ladies knocked it out of the park – don’t you agree?

Tallahassee Family Photographer

I adore this big family and it truly means the world to me anytime I can serve them. Whether it’s headshots, family portraits or graphic design marketing pieces for them. It’s always a pleasure and always leaves my heart happy.

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Happy Holidays to you and yours from Poppie Studios!

Happy Holidays Tallahassee Photographer

What a year it has been! From buying a new house, to adopting Frank and then of course getting engaged! It’s been a year full of love and excitement! I’m so thankful to have shared these memories with my friends, family and fellow-Rising Tiders (who witnessed our engagement during August’s meeting). And I’m so humbled by the clients that trusted me to capture their special moments on film.

Happy Holidays Tallahassee Photographer

What more can I say, except cheers to the New Year! Here’s to grand adventures, strength and happiness. I’m so excited to see where 2017 leads us!

Happy Holidays Tallahassee Photographer

Shout out to Stephanie, yet again for our fun holiday card photos! I had the idea for a classy, whiskey and wine session. With our dog-children in coordinating red accessories of course! Tim and I love dressing up and going out for a nice dinner and drinks so we wanted to capture that for our holiday photos. Stephanie did a great job, as always, meeting us Black Friday morning for a quick mini session and I love how the images turned out!

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Not my usual wedding or family session post, but instead today I bring you good tidings of great Christmas Cookies! I’ve been baking all sorts of goodies the past few days and thought “why not share my tasty creations with everyone?” Especially after the feedback on my personal social media pages was crazy! So, now I give you my top three Christmas Cookies and their corresponding recipes. Enjoy!

Leg Lamp Christmas Cookies Tallahassee Photographer

The biggest hit was definitely these Leg Lamp Cookies, inspired by the classic movie A Christmas Story. In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. During the movie, Ralphie’s dad wins a “major award” in a contest, which ends up being a lamp in the shape of a leg wearing a fishnet stocking. So in an ode to that epic tale, I made Fra-Gee-Lay Leg Lamp Cookies! I deviated slightly from that recipe (which called for a tube of sugar cookie dough) and opted instead to use this tasty basic cut-out sugar cookie recipe, decorated with sparkly black gel and finished with a Reese Big Cup serving as the lamp shade.

Christmas Cookies Tallahassee Photographer

What Christmas Cookie extravaganza is complete without Red Velvet? My take on this tradition is Red Velvet Cake Truffles, covered in white chocolate, drizzled with dark chocolate and sprinkled with festive nonpareils. These are a staple in my holiday baking, people always request them. I get requests from friends as far away as Virginia and New Mexico for these!

Oatmeal Cream Pie Christmas Cookies Tallahassee Photographer

And the last Christmas Cookie I made this year, Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies. These are so buttery, chewy and wonderful. They’ll take you right back to your childhood but make you feel more like an adult because they’re a touch classier. I’m a sucker for all things marshmallow

And I’ll let you in on a secret, I use gluten-free flour for all my baking and everything turns out just as delicious. Just ask anyone who took a bite, moaned and said “Oh my gawd” when they enjoyed any one of these three Christmas Cookies. Regardless, full of gluten or not, these are all super tasty and I wanted to share the recipes with you since I can’t actually mail a cookie to each of you. Enjoy!

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Tis the season to start thinking about Christmas Gifts, and if you had photos taken this year (because you should have them taken every year!) then I’ve got a list of creative ways to incorporate your photos into your gifts. There are so many cute and personal ways to show love and appreciate to friends and family members that you’ll love giving these gifts and they’ll love receiving them!

Christmas Photo Gifts Tallahassee Photographer

  1. Foil-Stamped Wall Calendar
    This foil-stamped 2017 wall calendar is press-printed on ultra thick paper and renowned for its textured eggshell finish. The 11×14 print is designed for simplicity – including space to customize with your favorite photo. ($30; artifactuprising.com)
  2. Custom Photo Art
    Proudly display your home state with a custom wall collage. (from $29; minted.com)
  3. Ceramic Tiles
    With sizes ranging from 2×2 all the way up to 12×12, the options are almost endless for turning your photos into tiles that you can decorate your walls, counter-tops and any other tileable surface with! ($4 for a 2×2; imagesnape.com)
  4. Playing Cards
    Hello Poker Night! Every game feels lucky with your own personalized playing cards. A quick and easy gift that pleases players of all ages. ($24.99 for one deck; snapfish.com)
    Christmas Photo Gifts Tallahassee Photographer
  5. Photo Holder Block
    “Why use healthy trees with so many already fallen?” That’s the question we asked ourselves in handcrafting this Walnut Print Block, made of fallen walnut affected by the twig beetle. Seemingly considered wastewood, we set out to give new purpose to this timber’s otherwise storied past. Our go-to desktop accessory, this limited edition block pairs perfectly with our Square Print Set. ($18; artifactuprising.com)
  6. Photo Puzzles
    This custom photo puzzle makes for hours of fun! Pick your favorite photo and let the puzzling begin. (From $24.99; pinholepress.com)
  7. Wooden Photo Box
    These customized boxes (made out of different types of wood, pick your favorite) is the perfect spot to hold photos, mementos or trinkets. (From $75; makeandstow.com)
  8. Notepad
    I have several notepads with photos on them. One on the fridge, one of my desk and one on my nightstand. They’re so handy for jotting down thoughts, grocery lists and daily to-do’s. Plus, a custom message makes leaving a note extra special. (From $12.99; pinholepress.com)
  9. iPhone Case
    Turn your favorite Instagram and Facebook photos into custom iPhone phone cases. Use their easy-to-use builder to make your personalized tech accessories. ($40; casetify.com)
  10. Float Frames
    An ideal accent to any wall, the Float Frame touts effortless style with its sleek brass-coated bolts. Choose your photo to be printed on premium archival paper and create a statement piece worthy of your most favorite space. Arrives to your doorstep fully finished and ready to hang. (From $65; artifactuprising.com)

Christmas Photo Gifts Tallahassee Photographer

Because a gift is more meaningful when it’s personalized with your own photos.

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  • Amy - Wonderful ideas for photo gifts!! Will definitely be using some of these this year!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - This is fabulous! You just gave me ideas for client gifts as well! Thanks for your beautiful and thoughtful post. 🙂ReplyCancel

I have been in love with the Bloxham Annex near Cascades Park since I first laid eyes on about a year ago, and it’s been in the back of my mind as a location since then. So when I started thinking about Holiday Mini Sessions and where I could shoot them this year, I knew the white architecture of those buildings would offer the perfect backdrop!

Holiday Mini Session Tallahassee

Mary and I connected through our local TuesdaysTogether Rising Tide Society group. She was in need of holiday card photos. Good timing on her part because I was still available on the day she inquired about! When she told me it would be herself, her husband and their adorable pup, Syndey, I couldn’t wait to meet them!

Holiday Mini Session Tallahassee

She rocked a blue romper and Kurt was styling in his burgundy pants. And of course, Sydney looked cuter than possible in her momma-homemade bow – which Mary made in the car on the way to the shoot! Good job, Mary! It’s super fancy for having been whipped up during a car ride!

And the light was perfect for the surroundings! A beautiful, knarly Live Oak, a pop of turquoise on a swing, which happened to match the blue railings on the white architecture. I’m a sucker for white backdrops as much as I am for pops of color. I’m so glad they trusted me and climbed the stairs, because as soon as I clicked the shutter I knew that would be my favorite photo from the session. And I love the walking photo of them too. I love all of them – let’s get real.

Holiday Mini Session Tallahassee

They are just perfect together. I love the way she looks up at him when I told him “Say ‘I love you’ to her.”

Happy holidays you two (well, three including Sydney), thanks for trusting me to capture your love on film!

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