“You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Who cares what they’re wearing, on Main Street, or Saville Row, it’s what you wear from ear to ear and not from head to toe!” ~ Annie

What to wear?…that’s a question we face every morning in our house (or the night before if I am really on my toes!). And it’s a big question clients have, and I am always happy to give my two cents, providing a set of guidelines that offer food for thought before the shoot. For this session, the children started off in formal wear that they wore in a recent wedding, then we moved to casual family shots with bright pops of color.  The formal shots I chose black and white to keep them timeless, and really captured the love these sweet sisters have for their baby brother. And how much fun did we have when it was everyday casual, which really captured the essence of this fun family. Hard to choose a favorite – think I’ll go with both!

“Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and bless His name!” ~ Psalm 100:4

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and fall in all its full glory, I had a session with a wonderful family at their beautiful home. I love scouting around to find interesting places, and loved entering these gates into their backyard. I immediately thought of how to style the family’s Christmas card, using the above quote and my first portrait below. Combine individual portraits of the children (and the boys goofing off while I was setting up another shot!) with a great family shot and you’ve got the making of a serious wall display of portraits!


I think everyone must love those weeks in December when every day you go to check the mail, and you get a fresh stack of holiday cards to sort through and see what family and friends have been up to the past year. My clients love to capture great portraits to use on those cards, and while some design their own card, I also have many that love to use my storefronts at Tiny Prints and Minted. For one family, I have shot their portraits for the past several years, and this year was our best yet. After getting some great “straight off tackle” photos of the kids, followed by some wonderful individual shots, we were done with the session. I suggested the kids shake it out, and after some goosing around, I suggested they pile on top of each other….and got the shot that made one of my favorite cards of the year!

Here’s how to click through to my storefronts!

Tiny Prints: www.tinyprints.com/storefront/christyfassnacht

Minted: http://christyfassnacht.minted.com