We live in the South, and we like it here. We don't get much snow, and we like that too. I'm not a big fan of snow. It's cold. It's wet. But I do have to admit that it sure is pretty! Last week, the kids were out of school for one day during the blizzard snow. I wasn't feeling well, I was swamped with work, but I went outside for photos anyway. And I'm so glad I did! Today, I'm sharing a few tips about how to get great snow portraits that I learned along the way.

I love photos. That might seem overly obvious, since I am a photographer and all, but what I mean is that I love not only photography, but actual photos. Physical, printed ones. I could sit and look through photo albums all day. A photo captures a moment. It keeps your kids young forever, when all you want is to stop them from growing. It tells the story of all those minutes and hours that seemed so ordinary at the time, but later prove priceless. It stops time. For those reasons (and many, many more), I make documenting our memories a priority. Or, at least, I try to.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm having a slow start to the New Year. While I'm eager to see what 2016 brings, I'm just not quite ready to let go of 2015. Which is surprising, actually. 2015 was a little overwhelming, and I thought I'd be ready to jump into a new year. Instead, I'm feeling a little under the weather and still haven't written down my 2016 goals. Shame, shame. Instead, I find myself just wanting to rest and enjoy the quiet for a bit longer.

I am not handling stress well this year. We don't have time for anything these days, much less decorating the house for Christmas. Even though I didn't think it would happen, the house got decorated anyway! And it was probably the quickest, most stress-free holiday decorating we've ever done. Come on in for our Christmas home tour, and I'll let you know how I managed to do it!

We always try to do too much. We try to squeeze in 14 bajillion things into the 2-3 days that we're together before the madness of Christmas really hits. This year's Christmas family photos came with the usual rushing and bickering, but I love them anyway. Read on to see how they turned out, and laugh at the outtakes!

I seem to be notorious for getting into a groove with my obsessions. For a few weeks at a time, I'm completely absorbed by my latest extra-curricular activities. Then I'll find something else and move on. It's hard to play favorites, but I seem to have so many! They change all the time, though, so I like to call them my "right now" favorites. Continue reading to learn about a few of mine this month!

Traveling for weddings always brings new challenges and adventures. We not only have to pack and carry all our equipment, but we need to remember to bring wedding clothes, travel clothes, and toiletries, especially my hair brush. I don't know if ya'll have seen my hair lately, but it's getting pretty long. I definitely am always in need of a brush! Until I don't have one.

It's always this time of year, when the weather starts gets a bit cooler (just a bit!), and the light starts getting a little softer, that I try to hold on to every last minute of Summer that I can. Fall is on its way! I love Fall, but I love Summer most, and I'm always sad to see it go.