I once read a card with the words, “I have an irrational fear of wasting a fabulous outfit on an insignificant day.” Well, the moment I laid eyes on this sweet-as-can be knit dress and deer hat, (complete with ears and antlers) my holiday card inspiration was born. I had a vision and this fabulous outfit would NOT be wasted, it would be photographed! Even though I consider every single day of the past fifteen months of mommy hood to be significant, let’s face it, my outfits seem to get more blah and basic as my daughters get more fabulous. My little Eis is an all about the accessories kind of girl, (favorite word, “shoes”) so I knew she would need some darling Mary Jane’s to complete the look. When I tried the whole ensemble on E, my heart actually skipped a beat. She looked absolutely precious.
Aside from getting the little tornado to stay put for half a second, the rest of the props were pretty simple and consisted of items I already had lying around the house or stored away in the garage. I used the guest room comforter as the back drop, my crafting table top as the white ground cover and a birch branch which I potted and decorated with some silver glittery stars (as a distraction for little miss). Throw in a little fake snow, some pine cones and a bundled up baby and VOILA, winter wonderland, right here in San Diego!
By no means am I a professional but I do enjoy a little DIY stage prep and I always enjoy photographing this little cutie, no excuses needed. Watching those big blue eyes light up as she “oohh’s” and “aahh’s” over the magic of the season brings the biggest smile to my face. Did I forget to mention that my husband was standing behind me streaming Elmo videos to try and get her attention? Anyways, I’m fairly certain she will be in full protest mode by next Christmas, throwing the props at me and refusing to wear anything but a diaper so I’m trying to savor the sweetness of it all while it lasts!