Gift Making & Tree Farm


All natural gifts. I love them. I do. I've decided to forgo the holiday rush the day after Thanksgiving and spend it with my family.

Several reasons.

One. We need nothing. Really. We need nothing. We have so much. Too much.

Two. I'm making lots of Christmas gifts this year.

As most well know, that follow me here, I have a huge love of Essential Oils and the company Simply Aroma.

Don't be fooled, these oils aren't just for aromatic purposes, I use them for everything!

I make my own face wash, deodorant, moisturizers, cleaning supplies... we use them for health and wellness.

I cannot express what it's done for how I feel. I've lost weight. I've stayed well, 2 doctor visits in the last year for me and only one for my 5 year old. Uh. yes please!

Back to gifting...

It's sooooo easy to make thoughtful, beneficial gifts with essential oils. We just had an amazing "making gifts with essential oils" demo a couple weeks ago and I shared also the ideas with our national consultants... the response was great! So I'm opening a Facebook event to share the information with those that haven't seen it yet! Join me at this link! You could win free oils! If you love oils already and want to see our black friday specials click here!

So, a little bit of eye candy - to go along with this extra jolly post... tree farm portraits from this week! I can open up a Sunday if I have enough interest, message me! No fuss. No props. Just you and your family. Simple, classic, lovely.

Package includes digital files!

As most know, I've shifted my business to only newborns and wedding...this would be one of those limited edition opportunities open to anyone!IMG_6604IMG_6620IMG_6678IMG_6784IMG_6818-2Awesome tree farm in Central SC. Go cut your own or pick up a pre-cut. LOVE this farm. We will be supporting this local business this year! Click here for their website!

Minted Christmas Cards

I LOVE my partnership with Minted! It's been a huge load off of my shoulders. Guys, their cards are FABULOUS! They even have foil card options this year. Pitter patter my heart! -- go here to get a free $25!!!

Choose from hundreds of beautifully, professionally designed cards. At the same time you're supporting independent designers and your photographer.

In anticipation of Thanksgiving sales I am offering unlimited Minted uploads for $10 today! This way you can take advantage if they have a Black Friday special! Today they're offering 15% off. Our $10 unlimited Minted files option lasts until 1:30pm - no exceptions! Directions: Just check out with your favorite image online, choosing "minted file" under the digital options, include the other image numbers you'd like uploaded in the comments at checkout.

If you're a photographer, I can hook you up with my rep who handles pro accounts. Message me! It is seriously so nice shooting more, and not spending hours behind the computer designing Christmas cards!

I have however been designing this year's Santa and Manger Scene cards…precious!drakew


Manger Scene Portraits


The Holidays are upon us! I feel like I've been rush rush rush...and now the baby's sick.

I think that happens on purpose so I'll slow down. Or maybe she gets sick because she misses me.

So anyway, squeezed in some quick manger scene portraits today. In all the sickness I totally forgot some props, but hey - it's still adorable. I prefer simple always. Anyway.

So there you have it if you were wondering what they might look like.... along these lines, yep, they'll be.

Here's the link to the previous post if you need information about dates of manger scene portraits and cost.

Feel free to pin, but PLEASE don't steal my work. Yes, that actually happens.


Manger Scene Portraits


For all the mommies who prefer NOT to have a big man in a red suit in your child's Christmas pictures…. this one's for you. ***PLEASE READ IN ENTIRETY FOR ALL THE DETAILS*** It's the "idea" of the manger. Not the exactness. But a childlike perception of it, perhaps.

After all, this is the message of the season.

The manger.

"To an open house in the evening

Home shall men come,

To an older place that Eden

And a taller town than Rome.

To the end of the way of the wandering star,

To the things that cannot be and that are,

To the place where God was homeless

And all men are at home."

-G.K. Chesterton

The Details:  Limited Edition Manger Scene Portraits

The Place: Barn on Retreat Street, Westminster

The Options:

Mary: with a red cape

Joseph: with suspenders and hat

Angel: with long tulle skirt, sweater, wings

Shepards: flour sack head dress with rope, walking stick (not pictured). May also use suspenders and hat.




Other decor items include the things below PLUS a bible, wooden rocking horse, fake snow, wooden cradle, hay…all within the setting of a lovely barn!IMG_9827wIMG_9828wIMG_9829wIMG_9832w

I'll be posting sample images soon!

Dates: Thanksgiving-December - Flexible dates/times - 15 minute sessions that capture the childlike wonder of a manger

Cost: $150 includes the session (children only - per immediate family -- in other words if you want a session that combines cousins, nieces, nephews, etc there's an extra charge), 50 Christmas cards, and a metal print for display year after year. Add $100 if you'd like all the digital files as an online download. Online galleries active for one week, prints 15% off. $50 reserves your spot!