A great big THANK YOU to my family, friends and clients for making 2012 a huge success – this bouquet of flowers is just for you! ;)

I look forward to making – and preserving – lots of memories this year!

“The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.” ~ Anais Nin

“Fall behind early so you’ll have more time to catch up later.” ~ Anonymous

Wow, hard to believe Fall 2012 is here and gorgeous….when I am still thinking about last year’s rocking great season full of wonderful sessions! So my goal is to post several in a row from last year, so that I can finally catch up and get on the right track for 2013!  This is one of my favorite little guys – I have captured his portrait since he was a baby, and these might be my most favorite!

“Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” Marc Brown

I love seeing families as they grow: both in numbers and size! And I was reminded of this, as I have a portrait session this week with this featured family of kids that I had the pleasure of capturing when they added their fifth. I can only imagine the daily handful, and I am so impressed how sweet the big brothers always are with the little ones, especially number four, their baby sister! I am still posting lots of portrait sessions from last year, but just had to share this one – and I will look forward to comparing these to their new portraits this year!

“Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

For our Fall break last year, we headed to the beach to enjoy the surf and sun. October is surely the best beach time as the days and night are the perfect mild temperature for beach fun! And I captured for this family a series of portraits that turned into a fun holiday card using this design from my minted.com storefront that highlighted the purple tones in the girls’ shirts. And how beautiful are those four young ladies? Gorgeous and super fun to say the least!

In the meantime, keep enjoying the sunny days and warm evenings!

“Who has not dreamed a world of bliss on a bright, sunny noon like this?” ~ William Howitt

One of my favorite locations this past year has lots of areas to explore, so it was the perfect spot to take this little guy that I have photographed since birth. It was a sunny afternoon, full of bugs, but he didn’t mind, especially when he had the chance to finally chill at the end of the session in his mom’s lap – with a little dirt on his cute face.

Fast forward to another sunny afternoon, but this time in November, to capture his portrait for the annual Christmas card. The trees were in full glory and we got some amazing colors. I was told month’s later by some recipients of the holiday card that they almost threw it away because it looked like a mailer for a retail store!

And one of my favorite shots was captured as I was setting up: boy and his super chic mom share a quite little moment. Love!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things,

because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~ Walt Disney

At the end of last school year, I had two shoots in a row of family’s getting ready to move away.  For this children’s session, they wanted portraits in the greenery of Atlanta before they headed to Texas. I believe we were able to preserve a moment in the busy lives for this big sister and twins to continue to cherish. And I am always crazy about little girls spinning in beautiful dresses!

Thanks again for a wonderful session! I will look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile!” ~ Dr. Seuss

Wow, it’s been 6 months since I blogged any sessions and here we are at another wonderful springtime in Atlanta! I had so many great shoots the last part of 2011 that I cannot wait to share – we had an unbelievable run of beautiful weather, and I don’t like to share photos of my clients until the holiday season is signed, sealed and delivered! So without further adieu….

This family is very near and dear to me….I’ve known them for many years and captured them throughout their time in Atlanta. We did this bittersweet shoot just a week before they were moving to North Carolina. We wanted to preserve a family memory of the beauty that is Atlanta, and also capture this moment in time for the children. And they are some of my favorite kids’ portraits of the year.

These two photos were used for my favorite Christmas card this year: gorgeous portrait of the kids, turquoise and orange pearl card stock and then my fave, the running shot, which said “We’re off and running to a great start in North carolina….catch up with us when you can…”

More to come!

“Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch, you know that I love you! I can’t help myself , I love you and nobody else!” ~ The Temptations

I was a hostess for a friends’ baby shower this weekend, and headed over to The Pie Shop to pick up my delish pies (we devoured Key Lime Pie and a Chocolate Banana Torte!!!), and it was fun to peruse the fun lyrics and poems that featured pies written all over their walls. I love this classic from The Temptations, and it reminded me of this session I had in April with this little Honey Bunch, who I have captured since birth. We had a wonderful spring morning out in the flowers for her two-year-old session!

When the calendar turns to the beginning of the school year, I get excited for all of my fall photos shoots and taking great client portraits that also can be used for Christmas cards. Throughout my blog posts, I have featured how the photos were incorporated into cards, but I had a few extra favorites that I wanted to share, including my own. Last year, my friend Crystal held her annual fall South of Hampton trunk show, which featured the gorgeousness of Trabeautiful Designs, Bespoke Stationery from Nashville, TN. With a fab selection of custom-made stationery including announcements, invitations, social stationery, calling cards, and Christmas cards, several clients had unique cards created from their session. Top of the line quality combined with unique designs were the perfect compliment to my portraits!

In addition, many of my clients choose to order their holiday cards through my store fronts at either Minted.com or Tiny Prints, so click below to check them out:

Christy Fassnacht’s Minted.com storefront: http://www.christyfassnacht.minted.com

Christy Fassnacht’s Tiny Prints storefront: www.tinyprints.com/storefront/christyfassnacht

P.S. My fall is quickly booking up, so be sure to reserve your spot today for portraits!

* We ended up using the “blue” scarf photo (above), but I couldn’t resist popping in this red option!

And here’s the card that I sent out to our family and friends that I designed myself! I LOVE cards that have an actual photograph, so I really love to hand-craft my cards, and this year was no exception – I wanted a fun and colorful card to compliment the whimsical beach portraits I took in the fall. It turned out to be one of my most favorite cards ever! I do have card templates, if you are interested in something fresh and different!

“There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.” ~ Unknown

I loved sneaking in this session while the weather was still gorgeous in February, as the family wanted portraits for a new home and change of address card. I consider it a success when I get a great photo of all the kids happy and smiling, as well as beautiful images of them individually. And this session was no exception! The last image is how I show my clients what combinations might look great in their own space as food for thought. Perfection!

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