Christmas Pictures 2018

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Happy Friday! Today I’m jumping on quickly to share our Christmas pictures to Francesco.

For Black Friday this year, my biggest purchase was a new camera. I‘ve always been the girl who hates using a cell phone for pictures and all throughout high school, college & after, I have almost ALWAYS had a camera on me. I’m not super skilled so I’ve always used point & shoot style for compactness and simplicity. For 3+ years, I’ve had a Sony that was defective and have been forced to use my iPhone for everything. Since I‘ve always been a loyal Canon user (I got the Sony as a gift, so I rolled with it), I was SO excited to scope out a new camera I liked. So this year I got the Canon M100, which is a mirrorless camera and had a lens on it. It’s more compact than the DSLRs out there and is more basic but a step above point & shoot some. I’m still playing around with it, but wanted to try it out on Francesco’s Christmas pictures! These were some of the first images I have taken with the camera and I had to learn a lot about lighting, zoom, flash, manual settings, etc.

Frank and I decided not to be in the photos, simply because, it takes both of us to grab Francesco’s attention and make him sit long enough for a photo. The thought of having us in it and worrying about us all posing perfectly was just really unrealistic. I made the set on my own with some of the Christmas decor I had around the house and put enough stuff out to occupy Francesco’s attention so that he could have fun while I took pictures. My absolute favorite photo is the one of him making a goofy face with his big smile… that is so his silly & sweet personality! He makes me laugh all the time and I’m so glad I was able to capture these.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE hiring a photographer to take our photos professionally but I was a bit behind schedule in making an appointment, plus, it’s really hard to schedule a photo-shoot with a toddler who is constantly changing nap schedules, interests, etc. I figured if I did the photos myself, I could wait until he was in the most cooperative mood and it seemed to work out pretty well! And buying a new camera seemed like a better investment to capture our every day memories, not just the big ones a few times a year.

Anyways…. The outfit Francesco is wearing is ADORABLE. It was the first thing I’ve ever ordered from Children’s Place, which was another Black Friday deal. I was blown away by the quality and everything he is wearing came in a set (aside from the shoes). Linking the outfit below, which is only available at Wal-Mart but still on sale! We’ve learned this year that bow ties are ok, hats are not so this outfit was just perfect, and will be his Christmas outfit, too!

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