Our 2016 Family Christmas Pictures

I have finally whittled down an entire gallery of amazing images for a Christmas shoot post! We recently had our annual family photos taken. We traveled about 30 minutes away to a cute barn in Fort Mill, SC for a golden hour mini session with the talented Taylor Stading. I had no clue how it was going to go (especially at that time of day) so I stashed a package of mini marshmallows, some funny stuffed animals and a blanket in my bag and hoped for the best. 

CGM at 29 months
TDM at 15 months

If I had to give a report card, I’d give Thomas a solid B- for the entire session and Caroline a C+ for the first half and an A+ for the second half. So overall, a huge win.

We took our photos right next to the horses so smiling
for the camera was definitely not priority for the kids, especially
Thomas, who has an insane obsession with animals. If we took our eyes off of him for one second he would dart over to pet the horse and we’d have to lure him back with a handful of marshmallows.

It should also come as no surprise that Caroline’s best smiles were in daddy’s arms. Nope, not surprised one bit.

Oh man, sloppy wet kisses from this little dude. I love him so much I think my heart will explode sometimes. 

Some of my favorites of just the babies…(can I still call them that?)…

RIGHT?! I know, I know. They are so dang adorable. And I give Taylor 100% credit for making this happen. She has a handful of kiddos of her own and is incredibly magical with our kiddos.


While Thomas was off eating hay and Caroline was throwing rocks Matt and I took a few pictures of just the two of us.

And now, the three leading Christmas card contenders:




So you see my dilemma, right? I love all three so much because they perfectly and candidly capture our family — chaos, love and joy.

And that’s a wrap!




  1. Stephanie
    November 14, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Love them! My vote is #3 🙂

  2. Britt @ G Squared
    November 14, 2016 / 12:10 pm


  3. LB
    November 14, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    Number three for sure!

  4. Lizzie Simantz
    November 14, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    Gorgeous photos!! I vote #3 for the card though!

  5. Nichole @ casadecrews.com
    November 14, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    They're all so great! With each contender, I was like, "That's the one!" but I think #3 is perfect!

  6. Jackie Marable
    November 14, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    So cute! I love number 3!

  7. Cait | Home Sweet Ruby
    November 14, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    Aw I love them all!!

  8. Kate
    November 14, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    #3 for sure!! Even though I love them all!

  9. Toni :O)
    November 14, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    #3 is awesome!!

  10. Annie
    November 14, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Without looking at the other comments, I chose three too! But ALL of the pictures are adorable!

  11. Trista @ The Classy Chaos
    November 14, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    These are phenomenal!! We had our shoot this weekend and I am so anxious to see how they turned out! It's been almost a year since I've been in the blogosphere, I'm looking forward to getting caught up on all that's happening! Happy Monday!

  12. Taylor Jeavons
    November 14, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    I love #1! Love seeing your hubby look at you + Caroline so adoringly! And the bokeh is perfect! These are some great photos you'll definitely treasure!

  13. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    November 14, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    These are so great! What a beautiful family… you've done good mama!

  14. Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld
    November 14, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    I love #2! My second choice would be #3.

  15. Laura Wyatt
    November 14, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    These are all SO SO SO good! The colors, the outfits, the adorable (and gorgeous/handsome) faces!!! I vote #3 for the Christmas card (is that the same one I voted for last time? I don't know)

  16. Mindy
    November 14, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    These are all so great! We just took ours yesterday and I am praying they turned out half as good as yours. I vote #3 for your Christmas card! 🙂

  17. Kristen Henderson
    November 14, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    #3 for sure!!

  18. Kristina @ Medicine and Manicures
    November 14, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    These photos are precious- y'all have the cutest little fam!!xo, KristinaMedicine & Manicures

  19. Jessica Robertson
    November 15, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Hands down #3! =)

  20. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    November 15, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    AMAZING!!!!! I just love them all so much – but I think #3 is my fave! Love your sweet family friend x

  21. Brooke
    November 15, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    If you're looking for votes, #3 all the way…then do that final image on the back. #cardperfection

  22. Jillian
    November 15, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    aww they are SO cute!! i love their little sweaters. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  23. Ashley Jones
    November 15, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    Love #3!!Can you share where your necklace is from?

  24. Hanging with the Hirsts
    November 15, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    These are the cutest pictures!! So many great ones! Love your card contenders – can't wait to see what y'all pick 🙂

  25. Brandi Little
    November 16, 2016 / 2:38 am

    These are beautiful!! They turned out great!

  26. Brittany Kirkland
    November 17, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I love number one!! Shows your identity as mommy and daddy but also as husband and wife! So precious!!

  27. laura
    November 17, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    These are gorgeous! Taylor is doing our Christmas card pics as well and I'm so excited to see more examples of her work. Where did you find your dress – I'm looking for something similar in navy!

  28. Melanie Reilly
    November 20, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    All of those contenders are beautiful! And where did you get your shoes? They're so cute!!

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