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I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday. I’m closing up shop for a few weeks here while I make some changes and take a nap or two. See you in the new year, and may the Force be with you.

xo Lisa

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I’ll bet Meg and Brian didn’t really care what was under their Christmas tree this year. Two weeks earlier, they got the best present of all. Meet Evan. He’s a hot little number.

There are generally two parts to any newborn shoot; sleeping and awake. Evan did not get the memo about the sleeping part. He was wide-eyed throughout.

Faker.

Meg and Brian are so super nice, and were totally at ease in front of the camera. Meg does NOT look as though she just gave birth. She’s a rock star.

Evan has the wrinkliest feet I have ever seen.

I love this shirt.

A big thank you to Evan, Meg, and Brian for such a fun morning. I am looking forward to seeing you all again in a few months to do it all over again!

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I needed a silver lining today, and I found it here, in a year’s worth of smiles, giggles, scowls, tears, and lollipops.

If you’re in this video (which is chronological), then I thank you, with unspeakable joy, for being a part of my life this year. I am nothing without the people who support me and find happiness in what I do. I adore each and every one of these faces.

(and if you’re not in the video, but want to be in next year’s, I’d love to hear from you!)

Merry Christmas.

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Last year I wrote this post about larger prints. I’ve decided the topic is worth revisiting as I’ve had no fewer than SEVEN clients call me in the past week in a panic about how they wished they had ordered bigger. It happens all the time! Here, for your edification, is a visual aid from my own, slightly disheveled home. I tried to take all of these photos from the same vantage point so the differences would be clear. (Each of these three bookshelves is about 32 inches wide. This is about a third of the wall in my tiny little living room.)

Blank wall:

This is how it normally looks:

How big do you think those prints are? BIG 8x10s? Maybe even HUGE 11x14s? How about this one?

That one above is the 11×14. Here’s that big 8×10:

And for the truly afraid, here’s a 5×7:

The prints in the second photo are 16×20, and I almost wish I had gone bigger! The frames help to balance things out a bit, but when you go frameless, the big prints really, really stand out:

That’s 24×36. Imagine how two of those would look. Pretty amazing, right?

I took all of the above photos with my point and shoot in the late afternoon light, so the quality is a little poor. Here are some real life examples from the homes of clients who really get it! The next two images are from Michelle Rasmussen of Wondertime Photography. Gorgeous, right?

How cute is this wall? (from Amy Ro Photography.)

And I especially love this one from Sara Goetz Photography (and you know I’m digging that orange wall…)

So, did I convince you? I do know that going big is more of an investment, but I’ll bet you were willing to pony up for the bigger flat screen! Aren’t your portraits ready to stand out and be noticed?

**stepping off soapbox**

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You guys are awesome. I got up this morning at dark o’clock and the list of book suggestions made me so happy! I am forwarding the list to Santa and look forward to many hours of good reading. Some of the titles were things I had already read and loved, so it makes me feel all fuzzy to know I’m in such good company.

AND!

We have a winner! In a highly scientific randomization process (Calder drew the name out of a hat), we chose Alyssa Webster as the winner of the $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Alyssa, I hope you can find something new from the other comments. Happy holidays!!

In other news: Anyone panicking about what to get someone for Christmas? I’ve got the BEST idea. Seriously. How about a Lisa Gilbert Photography Gift Certificate? They’re all the rage. Like iPods, or that weird Furby critter. You choose how much, they choose what to apply it towards. A full shoot? A really nice canvas? An art book? Check it out:

Best of all, I’m open until Christmas Eve! Heck, if you’re local, I’ll even drive over on Christmas morning and deliver it. Maybe stay for coffee and muffins. I’ll wear my Santa hat.

Ho Ho Ho!

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Cicero is quoted as saying “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Now I realize that he lived long before the days of modern necessities like internet and cars and adult beverages, but he really has a point about the library. Calder and I spend every Monday afternoon in a corner of our town’s public library (the same corner, each week, which…there should be a plaque, right?). He rustles up an armload of books in the kid’s section while I do the crossword and flip through art books. I love the smell of the place, the whispers and the rustling of the newspapers in the adjacent Periodicals room. I often see the same elderly gentleman snoring softly in a chair in the back, and there’s always a group of teenagers texting furiously over their schoolbooks in the lounge. Sometimes it can be social, and I get to catch up with friends who are there with their kids, and sometimes I see people I know, working alone at a table with their laptop, and I wonder why they chose the library instead of the office, or their home. So many stories under one roof.

While there today, I realized that I am woefully behind on what’s new in the literary world. I’ve had a few good recommendations, but I need more (and please don’t say the Millennium Trilogy). Leave a comment with your favorites, whether new or old. One random commenter will be picked to receive a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble (which flies in the face of the whole library thing, but we are nothing if not consumers). Thanks for any suggestions!

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It’s a Dave and Tim kind of morning, no? I do believe they wrote this song just for us.

Genius. No drama. Much better. Want to turn it up??

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My nephew Charlie is sadly underrepresented on this blog. Most likely it has to do with the fact that he is very busy, always running in one direction or the other while Macy and Calder strike poses. I did manage to get him to agree to slow down for two minutes on Thanksgiving so I could take some shots of him and his mom, my amazing sister-in-law Sarah. All it took was a story about his dad’s stinky feet to get him laughing. Sorry Charles.

And one with his dad, my brother Charles, mid-tackle.

I love you Charlie!

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Instead of dreading the snow, the cold, the creeping darkness, I am choosing instead to get stoked for powder. This amazing short film gave me shivers when I watched it at 3am, then again at 4:30, and again now, in the light of Sunday morning, I’m ready to pack my bags and head west. Or at least smile at the prospect. Watch it all the way through, I promise it will make this an even more special day. Everyone needs something to look forward to.

[scattered flurries] from felt soul media on Vimeo.

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Paige is definitely ready for the holidays. No humbug on this cutie.

This is Paige’s third shoot with me (see one and two here and here). She is fast becoming one of my favorite subjects. She’s such a smiler!

Seriously?

Mom Julie is super-awesome and a total smokeshow.

I could see all the people walking by wanting to squeeze those cheeks.


Double Dimple!!!!

Happy to hang out in a box, decorated.

She’s like a little ornament.

One last shot with her adorable cousin Haley. Imagine this in 16 years.

A big thank you to Kennedy’s Country Gardens for giving us a beautiful place to shoot, and as always, thank you to Paige for being such a superstar! Check back again in a few months for her next installment…

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