hiring a family portrait photographer

Family photo sessions beach San Dieog

Photo by Chris Nelson Photography

Yesterday I blogged about unique photo gifts ideas, and now I’m here to answer the question of, “what photo am I supposed to use for a holiday gift?”

Some of the best money I spend all year is on a professional photographer for our family photo shoot (and my hair stylist Lauren from Bryll who I go to for a blow out a few hours before the shoot).

The reasons for a professional family photo shoot, outside of the fact that it’s way better than a department store creepy Santa session, are countless, but let me start with a few:

1) You have great pics for your holiday cards (and please don’t give up on holiday cards–they are one of the only ties to the 20th century that we have left, besides Billy Squire samples and Journey covers).

2) You can get great pictures to use as photo gifts and Christmas presents.

3) You can exercise your creativity by picking the outfits and the location to match the personality of your family (this should be an entirely different blog post, in fact, it will be, stay tuned).

4) You can capture a moment in time with your family that can never be recaptured.

5) And, if you do it right, it can be fun.

One of the best ways to make sure it’s fun, memorable, and worth your money, is to hire a photographer like ours, Chris Nelson.

I first fell in love with Chris when she photographed my daughters at their preschool a few years back and we’ve had two perfect sessions with her now.

Chris comes complete with a great eye and a sassy personality, plus she always packs treats for the kids and plenty of fart jokes to make sure the kids flash their best smile/laugh combo that is perfect for photos.

I am always so impressed with how she frames the photos and with how she can capture a precious moment in time. Here are some of my fave pics from our session with her.

How to take photos for holiday cards

Photo by Chris Nelson Photographyt

How to get good family photos

Photo by Chris Nelson Photography

Family portrait pictures in San Diego

Photo by Chris Nelson Photography

how to get good family photos

Photo by Chris Nelson Photography

Our family now has all of these memories to cherish through the years. Thank you, Chris!


Disclaimer: Chris gave our family a discount on our photo session, but I still would have hired her and I still would have blogged about her. I mean, look at these pics, wouldn’t you?



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    Aimee says:

    I love her photos! I recommended Chris to a friend and their photos turned out fantastic!

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