It’s that time of year again, when Lisa asks me to get some shots of the kids for a Christmas Card.  Usually this is horribly painful – ask any photography what it’s like when they have to shoot their own kids – it’s a nightmare!  Anyone else is fine, but your own kids just don’t want to play – at all.

But this year things were different – don’t know why, but Abi was great, she got dressed when I asked her and ran out into the garden with a big smile on her face.  The night before we had some snow come down so it gave us the perfect backdrop for some nice portraits.  I shot Abi Saturday morning and everything went great, but James was still in bed – in fact he stayed in bed until 3pm and by the time he had got up and had breakfast the sun was no longer visible and everything was in shade.

Initially I thought it was going to be another terrible year.  But then Sunday morning comes along and James comes down stairs at 10am all dressed and said “I’m ready, let’s take the pictures”.  He stood where I asked, posed how I asked and smiled on queue.  NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.

I can honestly say it was a pleasure taking the shots.

I took a few images of both James and Abi and gave them all to Lisa and she picked a couple of go on our card that she has ordered already.  I’ve picked four images below that I really liked.  I should say that the third one down (of James) I really thought was great.  I told him not to smile but to kind of look serious. It came out really well.

One day I’ll get a nice picture of James without his beanie but until then I’ll settle for the pictures below.

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