We went down to Bluffton for a funeral. It had been a decade since I’d seen Spanish Moss clinging to live oaks. The bluff on the river was the same, really; there were more houses across the water but the sun still caught in those grey tendrils on the branches, just like I remembered.
It was good, good to say goodbye like this with the water and the palm trees rustling.
I don’t know about you, but my social media has been clogged with people lamenting how horrible 2016 has been. And, I feel those feelings too; there has been a lot of global-wide fear and harm done. Celebrating the good does not diminish the impact of the wrong, but I want to take a moment and choose to look back at some of my cherished memories from this year. My most favorite moments were largely not photographed by me, or photographed at all. But for the ones I have, I cherish.
So, 2016, in closure:
Wishing you all a safe and rejuvenating New Year’s, and let’s get ready to spread more love in 2017!
Christmas morning J & I woke up lazy and late, as we’d both been in the midnight service the eve prior. All our animal babies were snug about us … until I unwrapped my favorite present, that is! A practice chanter! For learning the bagpipes!
J’s Christmas gift trend to me is slowly but surely becoming this: buying me the artistic thing I need to reach the dream I’ve always had. These pictures were taken on last year’s gift, my beloved Canon Rebel. And here we are.
We made our way East for an afternoon with my in-laws, who happily posed for some family portraits in the mild December sun. (It’s a rare white Christmas down south, y’all).
Despite the fact that J and his little sister slid so easily back into the days when he would push her around in the swing, Grayson is growing up. She’s bound for college in the fall! So we took a few senior portraits.
A few more pictures later, it was time for a scrumptious dinner and then on to the next Christmas festivities with my mother and brothers and, of course, more cats.
I hope whatever holiday(s) you are cherishing that they are warm and full of light. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Blessed Kwanzaa, and Happy Solstice from Photos by Lizzie!
I first met Amelia in a New Testament course at the University of Edinburgh. She matriculated there full-time, but I was only visiting for a semester. It didn’t take long for me to realize what an incredibly warm person she is – even knowing I was only there for a spell, she was sure to reach out to me and we enjoyed lovely walks around blustery, gorgeous Edinburgh.
And now, she’s studying in the states for a year! She made her way down to Durham and we couldn’t have enjoyed her company more. What a treat to have friends from far and wide! Tupelo took us all on a walk, and we met up with our pals Aaron and Maggie – fellow shutterbug (Aaron) and patient models (Maggie and my spouse!).
Last week, while snapping pics of these cuties, J told me he had spent the night prior putting up a Christmas tree. One of their usual four. He was chuckling a little as he said it, and I laughed too – it is, after all, not even Thanksgiving yet. But in all earnest, Phillip added, “It’s been such a terrible week, we needed Christmas.”
And honestly, I just could not agree more.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions in our household is the annual Christmas Card – more specifically, the photoshoot. I love cheeky, kitschy Christmas stuff. And what I love even more than cheeky Christmas stuff are cheeky cats in Christmas costumes.
Unfortunately, the only being in the house who will let me dress them up is my spouse – and even that, I fear, has an expiration date. So usually it’s us dressed and the cat half-out-of their santa hats.
See for yourself:
Now, these masterpieces are crafted with a tablecloth hung over a curtain rod, a self-timer, and an affable, if resigned, spouse.
But this year, two things are different:
One, I want to spread my love for Christmas cheesiness farther and wider, which is where you come in!
And two, we have a dog. And DOGS, it turns out, are MUCH easier to put in costumes!
Okay, okay, she enjoyed it about as much as the cats do.
SOOO the point is:
I am running a special on Christmas Card photoshoots until December 1st 2016!
For $40 (plus mileage, if necessary) you get a 45-minute photo session for you, your pets, your cute kids, your cute boo, yourself, whoever! One location, one outfit, ugly Christmas sweater contests preferred.
I will then send you, via DropBox, full-resolution digital images for your printing pleasure within 72 hours of your shoot, so everyone in your life can enjoy your beauty on their fridges this holiday season.
All you have to do is contact me before December 1st to set up the time and place!