This is going to be a LONG post of all the holiday portraits I took of my family during this Christmas season. If you’re into pulling out family portraits and reminiscing or learning about someone’s family events, you will enjoy this.
I am that person. Haha! I Thoroughly enjoy hearing about people’s families and their histories or how they celebrate together.
Weeks’s Christmas Tree Decorating Party!
Because my parents technically live in a “tiny apartment”, we have tiny trees. They’re super easy to decorate and super cute, but my favorite part is my family and the food. Haha!
She’s being cute, as always.
Daddy’s giving me a serious face.
Mama makes THE BEST potato soup everrrrr. Ever.
Nom. Nom. Nom.
5 days engaged!
Super excited about all of it!
Wrapped up in the Grinch!
She loves the singing in this movie!
Asa being cute and funny.
Totally sucked into the Grinch.
Everyone decorating the tiny trees!
We just opened up the gifts our friend Melissa sent us for Christmas!
She’s pickin’ a guitar!
Most of my evening was spent sewing on buttons to this velvet jacket I bought from Goodwill.
Moon’s Decorating Christmas Party!
And then we decorated the Moon’s tree the next evening. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the old photos and eating the tasty Texas chili Darnea made! And I finally got Asa up out of the recliner to help put a few ornaments on the tree!
Can you tell I’m obsessed with food?
Herb getting his soup!
Herb holding a childhood picture of Darnea!
Please notice how cute my fiance is on the bottom left. He’s got the best cowboy look.
And the recliner battle begins.
Herb getting the boxes open.
Jordan getting the tree stand ready.
Danielle being beautiful!
Stockings are hung.
Danielle and Jordan!
Asa’s grandmother holding one of the grandkids. I think this is Asa, but I could be way wrong.
Me asking Asa to get up.
Then he does this. Haha!
I began begging.
Yay! He joined us!
Darnea looking beautiful holding two ornaments!
Danielle making delicious hot chocolate!
Close up of the hot chocolate.
Darnea enjoying her hot chocolate.
The tree is completed!
Nanny’s Christmas Celebration
Every year my Mama’s side of the family gets together for Christmas. Nanny and all her kids and all their kids and all their kids’ kids get together and eat and exchange gifts. This year my aunt Ann and John couldn’t be with us, and my cousin Luke was in Florida. They were crazy missed, and I’m hoping next year we can all be together again.
First photo of the night. I’m printing this out and hanging it on my fridge. I love it that much.
Everyone praying over the food.
Loved having Kim and Tommy at the party! I love this picture of Kim. Beautiful smiles! We missed having her BFF Mary!
I love my aunts!
Mama! She’s gorgeous.
Love this smile of Susan’s!
Trying to figure things out.
I love my aunt Missy!
Paw Paw wranglin’ a Jubi.
Nom nom nom.
Food makes her happy.
Getting some great-auntie time in.
It’s not a gathering unless there’s a puppy running loose! Haha!
This is perfect.
Passing out gifts!
Passing out gifts!
I am super pumped to learn how to make pies.
Love our ornaments from Lori and Roy!
Mine and Asa’s first gift this year together.
Grandma and Maggie!
Everyone gets wildly serious with gift giving. And most of the gifts are actually hidden.
Kim gave us skillets! Crazy thankful! Kim is one of the best cooks I know!
Asa took this picture of me.
Cousins at their great-grandmother’s feet.
Two sister’s holding their grand babies passing out gifts.
Mother and daughter. Twins in frustration.
I love my sister!
Ladies and gentlemen. This is my sister.
I’m thankful for Levi snagging these for me!
Trying to take a nap.
Playing in a box!
We love our matching boggin’s!
Getting photos outside!
The best gift is usually just the box when you’re an imaginative kid.
We love Tony!
Shameless party animal.
Weeks/Tuttle Family! Grandma was freaking out because she was afraid to be on the tall porch.
I love my Nanny!
Looking at wood stoves!
I’m thankful I have her!
You know it’s a good party when you end up with crusty hair, under a rug, and trying to take a nap as the party is winding down.
Jubi and Tony!
Nanny with her children. We just needed Ann with us! She was terribly missed!
Weeks’s Christmas Celebration
The next day, aka Christmas Eve, we celebrated our immediate family’s Christmas!
Our tiny trio of trees!
Krispy Kreme is important.
Mama’s cornbread, or as Jubi calls it “kernbread”.
Daddy’s got the New Orleans 1920’s street band going for background music.
The beginnings of potato salad.
This is a mother daughter yearly event for all the holidays.
I asked Asa to take pictures of us and now I’m feelings shy. It’s definitely different being on the other side of the camera.
We’re having a difficult time peeling eggs. For some reason the shell didn’t want to come off of these.
Mama made this and it looks crazy tasty.
Serious tater salad makers.
Cutting up the eggs.
Mama cuts the onions.
Putting in the mayo.
Now the pickles!
Mix it up!
Daddy’s making chicory coffee!
Daddy usually says something wild, and then I look at him like this. HAha!
One with onions. One without.
Super cute percolator!
This WAS crazy tasty!
My friend Deb gave me this for Christmas, and I thought it was wildly cute!
Playing hide and seek. She found me!
So excited about kern!
Nom nom nom.
Passing out gifts.
She loves puppies.
Her Cabbage patch raccoon baby!
Moon’s Christmas Celebration!
Then on Christmas morning we celebrated at the Moon’s!
Last Christmas Darnea made quiche for breakfast. I was SO excited to hear that she made it again this year.
Loooooove it. Which is why I’m posting two different photos of the same thing.
Herb relaxing before breakfast.
Herb reading the birth of Jesus.
Handmade scarves by Darnea!
Yuri gave Seth a BKNY shirt and his reaction was hilarious!
Darnea looking cute!
Another handmade scarf!
Darnea opening gifts!
Seth was very excited about Darnea’s dress Yuri gifted her.
Herb getting the hard drive of his dreams!
Moon Christmas jam session!
Asa took a picture of me singing. Also, that scarf was handmade by Darnea too! It is my favoriteeeee.
Proud Padre. I love it!
Danielle serenading us!
The REAL Family Photo
Christmas With Grandma Celebration
And THEN that night we celebrated Christmas with my Grandma at Shoney’s.
Our driver for the evening. Haha!
Tristan’s updating her instagram story.
Mama looking beautiful as always!
Grandma opening her gift!
Mine and Tristan’s handsome fellas.
My two grandmothers. Both in their 80’s now. I’m so thankful to have them!
Gearing up for the family portrait!
Shoney’s. This one in particular is fancy.
Nanny “What’s that Katie up to?”
I gave them accordion portrait books.
If you’ve made it this far, I’m honestly shocked. The holiday season is exhausting for me, but it is my favorite time of the year too. This is JUST the Christmas celebration portraits. I haven’t even talked about the birthdays.
My birthday is 2 days after Christmas. We celebrated eating Indian food. It was SO good! And then 2 days after my birthday is my Aunt Fay and my cousin Luke’s birthday. And then 2 days after that is Mama’s birthday AND it’s New Years Eve.
Christmas time is hard. It’s a whirlwind, but I’m thankful for these people in my life and I’m thankful for such a large family.
This past year my uncle Chris passed away, and we all miss him terribly. His passing though made me realize just how important portraits are of my family. The documentation process is everything. Usually I’m always photographing other people’s families with my DSLR and only using my phone for portraits of mine. But the more I think on it, the more I realize that I am a huge contributor to educating future generations on how our family was and who our family is. And I think it is insanely important for more people to document their families as much as possible from their own perspective. You only have your family once.
This next year, I want to document more of my family as well as my clients’ families. I love being a memory keeper. I just need to remind myself to keep my memories too.
I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and I hope everyone took tons of portraits and held their darlings close!