When kids grow up and get busy, it gets harder and harder to find time for Christmas card portrait sessions. With Lexie and Katie both in college it was hard to find a time when both of them would be in town and available. We usually take their Christmas card pictures early in the fall, but this year we had to wait until after Thanksgiving. We had scheduled their session on a Saturday, but it was cold and rainy that day so we waited until Sunday. The weather forecast was for warmer temperatures and clear skies. Well, that didn’t happen! It was very overcast and dreary and COLD! To most people, 48 doesn’t sound that cold. To me, it’s freezing! Especially when the wind is blowing off the river and it’s damp. But we had no choice – we had to go for it and hope for the best. Lexie really, really doesn’t like the cold, so she was pretty miserable. The cold doesn’t bother Katie as much, but she was far from comfortable. Thankfully, these girls look good regardless of the weather. And it helped that Karen, their mom, used a little old fashioned bribery. Plus, we didn’t shoot nearly as long as normal. We rushed and took just enough pictures for their cards. Surprisingly enough, we were very happy with the results.
Within 5 days after taking the pictures, Karen had her cards in hand. I worked fast so she could get her cards out on time. Next year, we’re not waiting until December for Christmas card pictures! Overall, the weather this fall has been very dreary, but if we had scheduled the session earlier at least it wouldn’t have been so cold. I’m really not looking forward to January and February. May have to drag out my boots!