Scenes From Our Weekend | Family Photos | vol 2

Kelly Daniel | photo c/o Toki Lee Photography

Greyson’s First Family Photos

This year I was beyond excited to finally get a few professional photos taken of my little family for our annual Christmas card. This year in particular is especially one-of-a-kind because it happens to be Greyson’s first Christmas. I had waited almost my entire life for this very moment; a time in my life where I can begin establishing my very own holiday family traditions and family photos being one of them.

My husband and I hesitated only slightly because we knew that professional photos would be an investment. We considered that since I have a nice camera we could possibly swing taking our own photos by enlisting a friend to snap them for us. However, I quickly realized that something simple as family photos would be far from it considering my wriggly eight month old and pup who rarely sits still long enough for anything let alone a photo. After a bit of discussion I was able to convince my husband both of us of the meaningful investment we would be making by opting for professional photos.

Finding Our Photographer

Then the hunt began. Who would be a good fit for us and within our budget? Like always, I took to Yelp to help me narrow down local photographers and I immediately was drawn to Toki Lee Photography. Not only was she local and had five stars, I fell in love with her ability to capture the moment for each of her clients. I perused through her gallery and I knew deep down she was the one for our little family. Before long I reached out to see if she was able to pencil us in to her busy schedule (this is considering she is more than just a self-employed professional but she’s a mom too!) and within the day she responded and from there began building a beautiful friendship. She’s one of those souls who you first meet and feel an instant connection with; like someone you’ve known forever.

Cherished Memories

We were able to work around our busy schedules and last Sunday we met her at this beautiful location she found in Ventura County. We discussed possibly doing the shoot at the beach but fell in love with the woodland backdrop that Ventura provided near the mountains and hillside. It was so perfect considering our unofficial woodland theme for Greyson ever since we were pregnant with him. I just know these photos will look absolutely beautiful in his nursery when we move to our two-bedroom apartment early next year.

Here are a few pictures from our session with Toki!

Kelly Daniel | photo c/o Toki Lee Photography

Kelly Daniel | photo c/o Toki Lee Photography

Kelly Daniel | photo c/o Toki Lee Photography

Kelly Daniel | photo c/o Toki Lee Photography

Kelly Daniel | photo c/o Toki Lee Photography

Kelly Daniel c/o Toki Lee Photography

Greyson: Baby Gap 3-in-1 layer one-piece

Aren’t these so adorable?! I mean, I know I’m only slightly biased. We had such a great time being directed by Toki because she knew exactly what she was looking to achieve with us, but also captured natural interactions between us as a family. In the end it was so hard to choose only 15 as we loved so many of them! I’m just so excited to use these beautiful photos for our Christmas cards this year and cannot wait for them to arrive.


I am so pumped to be partnering with Minted this year to not only share with you our 2016 family Christmas cards, but to host a giveaway! Minted will be providing a $100 credit for not just one of my readers, but THREE. Be sure to check back at the end of the month for my Christmas card unveiling post and for more information on how to enter! All you need is to submit your name and email – no hassle and no hoops to jump through. Easy, right?!

Until then, be sure to visit Minted to see all of their lovely designs for this years holiday cards! I love that every year there’s something different to choose from that will be sure to set your cards out from the rest of your friends and family. Select your favorites today (click the little heart hovering the picture) so that when it’s time to use the credits you’ve won you’re ready to go!

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