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christmas morning | magic

christmas morning is made of magic right? well the quickest way to make something LESS magical for mom is to hold up a big black box between you & your family, amiright?! so when i stumbled upon a fellow photographer’s blog of christmas morning photos WITH mom in the frame i paused. how exactly was she capturing the best morning of the year without holding her camera?

the short answer? interval timer. seriously, that’s it! interval timer! basically you choose a spot for your camera to sit comfy, safe and out of the way and choose these special settings in the menu that instructs the camera to take a photo on a set interval (ie. every 5 seconds, 20 seconds, etc). amazing, right? and yeah, you’ll get a few funny facial expressions and some might not be the MOST flattering. but you get real christmas morning as it unfolds, with no black box held up to mom’s face. win/win!!

since every camera is different (and not all have this feature) and the steps to follow will differ for every model, my best advice is to head to google and type in your camera make and model + ‘interval timer’.

here are a few of the photos from our christmas morning last year. and yes, i wear christmas pajamas head to toe.

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glowing | ma maison wedding photographer

to me, the beauty in this wedding has so little to do with aesthetics. it is all in the people and their connections and the way every member of the wedding party and each guest honored the bride and groom. what a journey these two have already been on through life and each person that walked through their journey with them was here on one day to cheer and celebrate. it seemed like even the sun wanted to be in the party the way it was glowing!

ma maison is always beautiful but it held this wedding so perfectly and it was truly an honor to be there, witness this wedding and be a part of capturing it for always! please enjoy!!!

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venue: ma maison
assistant photographer: mariel reyes
coordinator: your wedding your way
florals: walton’s fancy staple
music: texas pro dj
food: contigo

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tandem | vineyards at chappel lodge wedding

eeeeeek!  i have been excited about this wedding since frankly before they were even engaged.  is that weird to admit??  you might see a few familiar faces in this post (hint, they are the shortest bridal party members!!).

so i don’t know if you remember the weather on saturday but let’s just say it was ominous all morning.  full on raining at times.  wet.  gross.  and then i got in the car to drive to the wedding and when i found myself instinctively reaching for my sunglasses i realized the SUN WAS SHINING!!!!  what?!?!  it was a miracle and sooo gorgeous!  i was excited since this was my first time at the gorgeous vineyards at chappel lodge – what a great venue!!  the groom is a pro cyclist (cheering for a groom of mine during the tour de france was amazing!!!) so i love all the bikes- especially the tandem!

i’ll tell you what- sometimes the love at a wedding is so incredible that i find myself smiling for days and hugging my own husband a little extra tight and this was one of those days. (and really, who couldn’t use a little extra love today?!)  i just know the beauty of these people and their connections will bring a smile to your face – so go ahead and ENJOY!

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venue: vineyards at chappel lodge
guest photographer: mariel reyes
dj: altard weddings

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