Holiday Story in Motion | film + photo sessions

Happy holidays, everyone! If you live in Nothern Virginia or Washington DC and are looking for details on my new limited edition Holiday Story in Motion film and photo {mini} sessions, you’re in the right place! I’m sharing everything you need to know below, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions! These sessions are priced at an unprecedented rate for my family films, in very limited quantity, and they are first-come, first-served. Click at the bottom to inquire and book! Or, put this on your own Christmas wishlist and send the link to your partner or the grandparents!

What: My goal is to capture a slice of your life at the holidays so you will always remember that fun and special time as a family. I will spend one hour with you and yours, observing natural connections, humor, love, and any traditions or holiday activities you enjoy. There is no limit to the number of subjects at your session, so you are welcome to include extended family members or friends. Dress up, dress casual, or even wear pajamas! I will draw out your hopes and vision through a questionnaire and chat before our session so you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. I have been working with families for over 8 years, and I pride myself on high quality art and a stress-free client experience!

Some ideas to inspire you:

  • baking cookies

  • advent traditions

  • decorating your tree and home

  • a special announcement (pregnancy, move, adoption, marriage)

  • 2018 family recap with kid interviews

  • crafts

  • making tamales

  • lighting the menorah

  • gingerbread house

  • Kwanzaa celebration

  • holiday party with friends

  • a sentimental farewell to your home if you are planning an upcoming move

  • good ol’ family quality time

EXPRESS TURNAROUND: Within ONE WEEK of your session, you will receive your one minute HD highlights video (as an online link and a download) and a collection of 5+ high resolution digital images, suitable for printing, sharing, making holiday cards, and gifting. You can also share the video as a virtual holiday or new year card that friends and family will adore—no hassle, no paper!!

Where: Your home or other location in the Northern Virginia/Maryland/DC area that is meaningful to you (travel fee may apply for some locations)

When: Sessions will take place between December 1st-30th, with the exception of Christmas Day

Price: $1000+tax*

*Photo-only sessions also available. Inquire for details!

Gift ideas for kids | Sending our love and aid to those in need

NOVEMBER 2018 UPDATE: Gift list is still active! Shop and share!

In 2016, we felt called to create a social justice gift blog post, and we were happy to hear our followers found it both helpful and meaningful. Continuing the focus on compassion during the holidays, we decided to create another list in 2017, this time featuring ideas of gifts for children and using Amazon affiliate links to raise money for people in need (which was Puerto Rico at that time). This gift list is still active, and any proceeds will continue to go to our choice of charities throughout the year.

JANUARY 2018 UPDATE: Thank you for helping us raise $225 for Puerto Rico through the holiday season!

Original post:

Welcome to our holiday gifts for kids list!

We are using Amazon affiliate links for this list to raise funds for our neighbors in Puerto Rico--50% of whom are still without power and many without homes or jobs--in the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Maria and subsequent storms this year. For each purchase you make using the links in this list--as well as most other items purchased in the same transaction--we will receive a small portion of the sale from Amazon and we will designate it for our donation. We invite you to utilize this list in your holiday shopping to help us raise funds for our organization of choice: Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program.

These gift ideas were personally selected by us based on a combination of factors: favorite items of our own three children, recommendations from friends, and bestsellers. Each item we feature also has excellent reviews. We aimed to encompass a wide range of ages, interests, and prices. We encourage you to share this in your circles! Note, current sale prices aren't always reflected in the list, so it's worth clicking if you are interested in an item.

Thank you for helping us give back and support those less fortunate this holiday season!

Outdoor/Active

 

On the Move

 

Puzzles and Games

 

Building

 

safe tools for curious kids

 

Science

 

Imaginative Play

 

Music, Arts, and Crafts

 

Kick, Catch, and Throw

 

Infants and Toddlers

 

Tweens and Teens

 

Books (infants - 6)

Burt's Way Home
$12.56
By John Martz
The Book with No Pictures
$15.19
By B. J. Novak
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
$14.29
By Drew Daywalt
One
$11.83
By Kathryn Otoshi
Press Here
$9.19
By Herve Tullet

Books (6-10)

Her Right Foot
$13.23
By Dave Eggers
Malala's Magic Pencil
$14.56
By Malala Yousafzai
The Magic Misfits
$10.94
By Neil Patrick Harris
My Journey to the Stars
$11.32
By Scott Kelly
Freedom in Congo Square (Charlotte Zolotow Award)
$14.01
By Carole Boston Weatherford
The One and Only Ivan: A Harper Classic
$10.77
By Katherine Applegate

Books (10+)

The Wild Robot
$11.20
By Peter Brown
Wonder
$10.69
By R. J. Palacio
Refugee
$11.48
By Alan Gratz
Pashmina
$11.55
By Nidhi Chanani
The Crossover
$9.02
By Kwame Alexander
 

stocking stuffers