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Sunday, December 30

Emily Southerland Photography: 2012 Clients

Perhaps you've noticed: I've mostly failed at blogging my client work here this year. I blogged maybe 3 or 4 sessions total. I've blogged sessions of my own kids (most, but not all. Oops.) But the many marvelous clients I see all year long--- they've not made it onto the blog. It was just one thing that had to give, I suppose, when I was figuring out how to have two kids AND work from home AND be creative and crafty in other areas AND still have time for sleep and Joe and making dinner. 

 But while the actual blog posts haven't happened, the sessions HAVE been taking place, and I've had some amazing sessions and clients this year. In honor of them, and in the vein of the "end of year" recap I am enjoying seeing from other photographers I love, I have taken some time to choose one or two favorite images from every last session I did in 2012, and have compiled them all here. Right here. Right now. From my January babies all the way to my Christmas kids. 

Enjoy!

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Phew! That was a massive stack of good-looking folks, right?!

To all my 2012 clients (including my own children, who probably suffered most from my camera), thank you for your smiles, your laughs, your cooperation, your trust, your vision, your warmth, your candid moments, your tender moments, and for allowing me to be a part of creating your family history this year. 

I cherish each little one I've gotten to play with. 
Each newborn I've gotten to swaddle and hold close. 
Each mama I've gotten to see in her element, making her own child coo and smile. 
Each daddy I've watched dance like a maniac behind me to elicit a laugh. 
Each set of sweethearts sharing a sweet kiss. 
Each blossoming confident senior playing model for a day.
Every last family shaking off the stress of pre-session prep and letting go enough to allow me to make them relax for their family portrait. 

Every. Last. One. Of. You. 

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2013 will be different.... Starting the new year with a newborn of my own, and easing back into work as I feel the potential for sanity slowly coming back to me.... I know my 2013 recap will not be this lengthy or as varied... But I am excited to see what life is bringing, and oh so grateful for the clients I WILL get to spend my time with in the coming year. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. This life, this job, is a deep and true blessing to me. 

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Tuesday, December 25

Merry Christmas!!!

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 From our little house to yours, we wish you peace, joy, silliness, hope, faith, sugar, sleep, creativity, rest, hugs, inspiration, love, and everything else that fills your heart and makes you soar. 

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

I'm loving the Christmas 'round the Southerland household..... Little details, fresh pine scent, simmering cloves/cinnamon/nutmeg/oranges on the stovetop...Cheerful colors and twinkly lights.... I love this season.

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Front door wreath (mega sale at Joann's this year... Jackpot!) (And I'm a sucker for striped grosgrain ribbon, so I had to add some.) and I decided we needed a mantle-scape this year. What good is a gorgeous fireplace mantle without doing something new with it once in a while??

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More mantle-ness. Joe gets the biggest stocking. Noah chafes at this truth. And how perfect is a red room at Christmastime?

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Detail shot of my childhood stocking, crocheted by my Aunt Jerri when I was a baby. My nickname from age zero to age four: Emmie. The metal pin-back still on there used to have a Mickey Mouse pin on it. I don't know why. I still have the top part. I should glue it back on.

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On the left: a piece of our Christmas tree-- fresh and real, of course. Worth the needle-spill. On the right: I made a hasty pom-pom garland for the mini-trees on the mantle. Cute enough. Next year, I want to make stuffed felt stars. Tiny ones.

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The pine cones are the ones you can buy that smell like cinnamon. What a brilliant idea, cinnamon-scenting pine cone company.

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This lady has been atop our tree since before we were married. She's sweet. Look at her gently blush at her starring role.

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Our new advent cabinet-- Noah calls it, without fail, the "Alvint Calendar." AL.VINT. Very pronounced. It's the first thing he requests in the morning. We've chosen to fill the cubbies with a slip of paper with an activity on it, rather than a treat or an ornament. Actually, I think I talked about this advent filler last year, when I did envelopes strung on the mantle. Yup. Here it is. Next to this alvint cabinet is my new little Fischer Price ornament for the year--- the corn popper toy. CUTE??!!!!! And our Christmas card basket (Melissa, I'm sorry yours seems so prominently displayed! I wanted to see the pic so I have it in there open, and now it's the tallest one. But really. the clown noses? Brilliant.)

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And a little more cheer on the calendar wall of our kitchen: the calender itself says, aptly, "I can resist everything but temptation." And geezo this season has been extra hard on the temptation gland with my gestational diabetes and the toffee and the Joe Joes and the sugar cookies and the fudge and and and........ 

ANYWAY. Also in this tableau is my other childhood stocking-- a felt crafty made by my mom with my FULL name, Emmaline. So all throughout childhood, I had two stockings. The gift one ("Emmie") that was by the chimney, and the food one ("Emmaline") that had a cute little breakfast tucked into it on Christmas morning (Clearly, some breakfast lingered on that poor old stocking years later. Don't know what exactly that stain is, but it's probably harmless.). Seemed appropriate to hang this one in the kitchen. And that scrappy "S" is my newest gift from a dear friend (Thanks, Melody, it is PERFECT.) 


And with Pandora constantly playing Christmas music and cocoa/choffy constantly being made and sipped 'round here, and with the book advent going on (again, see last year's post, midway down, to read more about that), we're definitely holly jolly at the Southerland house. It's been a marvelous season--- truly very low-stress, even with my business keeping me busy and Joe's school and work keeping him hopping. We seem to have managed to stay calm, slow, and ahead of the game a bit.... and have been enjoying just being a family when we do get to be together. 

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Here's to this last weekend before Christmas having moments of that lovely, slow family-ness for you, too. Even if it is only for a few moments in between the frenzy. 

Wednesday, December 19

Just a Few Lucy Pics...

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 Lucy, 20 months:

The unplanned outfit came together--- shirt and vest never worn before-- and I died at how cute my little girl is, so I made time really quickly in my photo room to snap a few of her. To catch the perfect curl in her ponytails... Her toddler smile and constant motion... her crazy-cute shoes from Livie and Luca (Carrie!! eee!!!).... Her chubby fingers and curiosity...

Just a few Lucy pics. I swear I never get tired of photographing my own kids. (Even when they're hard to wrangle they are so fun to "catch" being themselves.)

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Saturday, December 8

If I Could Only Share The Smells and Tastes Here:

Moments from a day that has been marvelously calm and happy and lovely:

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(And the beginning of my new iPhone camera world. I'm on Instagram, here.)

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