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Steph Longley Photography: Behind the Scenes of my Christmas Mini Sessions 2023...

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Hi there, fellow Christmas enthusiasts! With the festive season right around the corner (i'm sorry if youre not ready to hear this but its only 133 days, or 19 Mondays away at the point of writing this) I'm so excited to take you on a journey behind the scenes of how my 2023 Christmas mini sessions came to life. Get ready to dive into the enchanting world I've designed, full of wood, paint, love, and heaps of excitement – all to make this holiday season a memorable one for you!

*The Lightbulb Moment*

So, you know those moments when an idea just pops into your head like a lightbulb? Well, that's how my Christmas mini sessions kicked off. I'd spent aggggges searching for inspiration and pulling ideas together; I knew I wanted to keep it crisp and clean, with minimal colours but also introduce a sense of whimsical magic and wonder. I fell in love with the Nordic Christmas village style houses, and love the paper bag snowflake idea too...and so all that was left to do was ask my husband to make it! It went a bit like this: Me:"How do you feel about a little project for my Christmas sessions Jord?"

Hubs: "Sure, what are you thinking, like a bench or something?"

Me:"yeh...or something. actually, I was thinking a three part 4 foot Christmas village and two 4foot trees..." Hubs: "......" and that's when the magic started.

*Crafting the Goodness*

Now, let's talk about bringing dreams to life, shall we? My amazing, talented husband and I, (but mostly my amazing, talented husband) embarked on a DIY adventure, crafting wooden props that would become the heart of my Christmas village. And let me tell you, each piece was a labor of love – cut, painted, and assembled with care. We're talking serious dedication here, all in the name of spreading some holiday cheer.

*Shooting the Promo*

As a photographer, I live for capturing real moments for my clients – the laughter, the candid smiles, and the genuine connections. Or if i'm photographing my OWN children, the pure stress and limitless bribes... They pulled through in the end and gave me some gorgeous Christmas promo shots though to share with you all.

*Revealing the Enchantment*

Drumroll, please! The moment we've all been waiting for – my Christmas mini sessions are here, and boy, am I excited! (and perhaps more surprisingly, not yet divorced)

After hours of crafting, designing, and pure love poured into every detail, my Christmas scene is ready to roll. The wooden props are standing tall, the backdrop is glowing with holiday charm – it's a whole vibe of pure magic.

*Wrapping It Up with a Bow*

So, as I gear up for the holiday season, I'm filled with gratitude and a sprinkle of nostalgia. This journey, from a spark of an idea to a full-blown Christmas village, has been nothing short of a holiday adventure. And guess what? You're invited to join in! The sessions are available to book from Thursday 18th August at 7pm.

Let's Make Some Christmas Magic Together

Warmest wishes,

Steph xxxx

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