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Christmas Card Ideas *2020 Update*

December 09, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I love Christmas Cards!  Anyone who has known me for a little while knows this about me.  I love seeing everyone's families grow.  I look forward to the cute pictures and fun letters. It's the one time of year I send out real mail.

 

I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and look back on my family's Christmas cards over the years.

 

Our first family Christmas Card.  We announced our little Ephraim with a post-it note.  It was an exciting year,  our second Christmas as a married couple and our first as expectant parents.

Christmas Card

 

Of course, the following year we had to show off our perfect little bundle of joy!  Christmas cards are pretty easy with adorable babies :-)

Baby Christmas CardEphraim- 3 months old (almost)San Antonio, Texas

 

The next year I started to get more creative.  Inspired by Tiffany Feger (my sister-in-law and photographer at Fishy Face Photography) and her endlessly creative Christmas Cards, I decided to do a play on the classic "bubble-bath bubble-beard."  These were so much fun! ( I still have the bottom left picture hanging in my bathroom.)

Christmas Card Bubble Bath

I went straight-on "pun-y" for the next year and tried a play on the word season. 

sea·son
ˈsēzən/
noun
plural noun: seasons
  1. 1. each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth's changing position with regard to the sun.
 
 
verb
3rd person present: seasons
  1. 1. add salt, herbs, pepper, or other spices to (food).
    "season the soup to taste with salt and pepper"

Christmas Card Season's Greetings

The next year we expanded our family, so our card had double cuteness!  My sweet boys were very loving and willing models for our "kiss-mas" card.

Christmas Card, "Kiss-mas" CardSavannah, Texas

The next year we decided to use a favorite family past-time as inspiration.

And here is the back.

In 2017 we celebrated the year of the man bun, as well as our new baby buns.

2018 was a new move to a place with a warmer climate, so we used that as inspiration for our Christmas card.

Let it snow, elsewhere

The following year, we embraced the chaos that is having 3 children.

Here's the rest of that one.

And finally, we made a card this year to commemorate the roller coaster that is 2020.

 

Let us know some of your fun Christmas card ideas!

 

-Stepheni Beckman-

Phoenix Area Photographer


Perfect Portraits

September 18, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Sometimes we take pictures to preserve a memory. Sometimes we take portraits to memorialize an age and a person. Other times we take portraits to be decor in our homes.

 

Sometimes it's all three!

Black-and-white portrait of boyAnthem, AZ

This set of portraits. I specifically designed to hang in a particular spot in our home. Having a specific vision can be difficult, especially when working with children. At first I felt frustrated because the portraits weren't turning out exactly as I had hoped. But as I looked at the portraits I did have, I realized that they could work, and now I am in love with them!

Black-and-white portrait of boyAnthem, AZ

Having a purpose in mind when doing portraits can really help guide the experience, but I have found it is equally as important to be flexible and willing to envision something new when given the opportunity

Black-and-white portrait of girlAnthem, AZ

-Stepheni Beckman-

Anthem, AZ Portrait Photographer


Christmas Card Ideas

October 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I love Christmas Cards!  Anyone who has known me for a little while knows this about me.  I love seeing everyone's families grow.  I look forward to the cute pictures and fun letters. It's the one time of year I send out real mail.

 

I wanted to take a trip down memory lane and look back on my family's Christmas cards over the years.

 

Our first family Christmas Card.  We announced our little Ephraim with a post-it note.  It was an exciting year,  our second Christmas as a married couple and our first as expectant parents.

Christmas Card

 

Of course, the following year we had to show off our perfect little bundle of joy!  Christmas cards are pretty easy with adorable babies :-)

Baby Christmas CardEphraim- 3 months old (almost)San Antonio, Texas

 

The next year I started to get more creative.  Inspired by Tiffany Feger (my sister-in-law and photographer at Fishy Face Photography) and her endlessly creative Christmas Cards, I decided to do a play on the classic "bubble-bath bubble-beard."  These were so much fun! ( I still have the bottom left picture hanging in my bathroom.)

Christmas Card Bubble Bath

I went straight-on "pun-y" for the next year and tried a play on the word season. 

sea·son
ˈsēzən/
noun
plural noun: seasons
  1. 1. each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth's changing position with regard to the sun.
 
 
verb
3rd person present: seasons
  1. 1. add salt, herbs, pepper, or other spices to (food).
    "season the soup to taste with salt and pepper"

Christmas Card Season's Greetings

The next year we expanded our family, so our card had double cuteness!  My sweet boys were very loving and willing models for our "kiss-mas" card.

Christmas Card, "Kiss-mas" CardSavannah, Texas

The next year we decided to use a favorite family past-time as inspiration.

And here is the back.

Finally, here is our last Christmas Card.  This is probably my favorite one yet.

 

I'm currently working on this year's card, and pretty excited about it!  Let us know some of your fun Christmas card ideas!  And if you still need family photos done for your cards, please check us out!

 

-Stepheni Beckman-

Phoenix Area Photographer


{F Family} Portraits

September 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This family was so much fun!  They planned this session as a surprise for their mother and they pulled it off! 

Extended Family Portraits in Savannah Texas

It was so sweet to see the love and fun they were having with the chance to be all together.

Also, we found out that I went to high school with one of the family member's brother!  It's such a small world.  I'm so glad we had the opportunity to do these portraits.

 

It was also so much fun to work with them to select which portraits to hang in their home.  We were able to make custom sizes to fit their existing photo displays.

 

-Stepheni Beckman-

Savannah Texas Family Photographer


{K Family} Portraits

August 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

We met the K family after doing their son's preschool portraits.

This family is seriously adorable!  Every single one of their proofs turned out beautifully. I love seeing these photos in print!

 

It was hard to decide which portraits to order, but after sitting down together we were able to figure out which portraits would be the best to display in their home.

I seriously love the satisfaction of helping people to print their photos.  It makes such a difference!

-Stepheni Beckman-

Providence Village Photographer
 

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