This year I decided to embark on a Calendar Project. A What? Every month for the whole year I will do a photo shoot with my girls using each month as a theme guide and at the end of a 12 month period I will have 12 beautiful photos for a calendar to give as a gift at Christmas.
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I love this idea for several reasons. The first is that I will get a chance to document how the girls change and grow over a 12 month period. The second is that I will not be hustling at Christmas time to find 12 good pictures to put a Calendar together.
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This project came about because for the past two or three years I keep saying that I will put together a calendar and give it to the grandparents. But then Christmas gets here and with all the hustle and bustle, and parties, and holiday cooking, and everything else I never find the time to sort through the photos I have taken and find ones I like for each month. Okay maybe I am being particular and could just grab any old photos, but that wasn’t what I had imagined when giving a calendar, so I decided that just wouldn’t work.
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The other part of it, is that I have spent the past few years working on taking better photos, my new camera has really made a difference in the quality my pictures, and I wanted to be able to display them in a beautiful Calendar.
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I love all the different Calendar options that Shutterfly has available, especially the easel calendars and will probably get several different styles for Christmas presents. This past Christmas I bought some beautiful Christmas cards, magnets, prints, and a mouse pad and loved them all. They made some really heart warming gifts and I loved all the different products available to put photographs on.
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For January I wanted to do something in the spirit of the New Year, so we went with what else but gold balloons! And lots of them! I think my husband thought I had lost my mind. For the photo shoot Ava is wearing one of my very favorite dresses: the Winter Wonderland Sweater Dress that I made for Project Run and Play sew along several seasons ago. I loved pulling out this sweet dress and letting it shine again, since sooner or later even Ava will be too big to wear it. Sniff.
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It was warm that day so we took a few photos outside, but took the majority inside using my backdrop stand, seamless white paper, and my brand new studio lights (yay!) Since I had carpet in my living room, I laid down a board under the paper to make it a firm surface.
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I already have February’sphoto shoot planned out in my mind and can’t wait to see how it comes together!
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