Why is sending holiday cards out each year such an important tradition for your family?
The holidays are all about tradition and sending holiday cards is a special one because they are memories we can share with our family and friends forever. It’s nice to be able to see how much the girls have grown year after year. It’s our favorite time of the year to celebrate and reflect on our blessings.
What are your tips for pulling off a successful holiday portrait photo shoot?
My girls have a lot of energy so it can be hard to keep everyone still at once, especially Sofia, now that she is walking! I try to make these moments fun for the whole family. We get dressed in our holiday looks, play Christmas music and sing along so everyone already has natural smiles on their faces. I make it like a game for Mia and Camila. I tell them both to copy what their dad and I are doing and then freeze so it’s more fun than just posing. With Sofia, we give her a toy to hold so she will sit still and play. Getting a nice posed photo is challenging and we usually can only get one, but we love the candid ones we end up with too!
How did you choose what your kids would wear for the photos?
We went to Target and I had the girls select their favorite looks with only one rule: It had to include red. This is my preferred way of shopping for the girls, because it guarantees that they will get pieces they love, which means no fussing about what to wear later on. Mia and Camila immediately gravitated to the Cat & Jack dresses! Mia picked the Cat & Jack Girls' Red Sequins Scatter Dress, and Camila chose the Cat & Jack Girls' Red Plaid Dress. For Sofia, well, let’s just say she loves anything I pick out, so I had fun going through all of the different Cat & Jack options—there are so many good finds!—and choosing adorable pieces to mix and match for her!