Merry & Bright

by Rachel on December 1, 2010

Happy December!

So…you guys know I work for a photographer, right?

Annie is down-to-earth, a great boss, and she really kn0ws how to use a camera. (Houston peops — e-mail me if you want info on booking a session with her!) I’ve been wanting some nice, professional pictures for a while — after all, this has been a really great year for me, and it seems like a good idea to document on film when you’re the happiest and most comfortable in your own skin that you’ve ever been, right?

The answer to that is yes! If you’re one of those women who hates being photographed, it’s time to get over it. Sometimes you need to see yourself on camera to really see yourself, you know?

I’ve been dying to have a shoot with Annie since I started working for her in August, so I finally asked her to take some pictures for my Christmas card. I always send a homemade card to my friends, so this was a perfect excuse to do a photo shoot. And since this year, I was planning to include Eric in my card, that meant bringing him to the studio last week.

We ended up just attempting to make our own Gap commercial.

The pictures are pretty cute, which makes me even more excited to design my Christmas card — I like the idea of a nice traditional holiday photo juxtaposed with funny and slightly outrageous text.

I don’t love these pictures because Annie knows the best angles for shooting people. I love these pictures because our shoot with her was 60 minutes of total fun.

Annie, Eric, and I seriously spent the whole time laughing and playing. I think more of the pictures would have turned out if I hadn’t been laughing quite so hard. Even when Annie and I went over the photos yesterday, we were cracking up while remembering all the funny things that had happened during the shoot.

I might miss hot coffee, the chance to wear my favorite scarf regularly, and snow…but these pictures are a really good reminder as to why giving up winter was worth it.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura December 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

Aww, these are great photos. Warm fuzzies abound!


2 Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 1, 2010 at 9:59 am

these are sooooo cute. I love the one of you sitting on the bench by yourself, smiling. You are soooo freaking gorgeous! And it’s so obvious how happy you are with Eric.


3 Nancy December 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

These snaps are great! I love the little snowflakes on the first one :)


4 gene December 1, 2010 at 10:03 am

these are great! looks like you two had a great time. my wife and i have never done anything like that. mebbe we should…..
thanks for sharing!
my faves (if I may?) are the 3rd one down , the one of you hugging Eric with your eyes closed, and the one of you in his lap, gazing into each other’s eyes.
well done~!


5 Manon December 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

Not only are this pics soooooooooo freakin’ cute, it just makes me all warm and fuzzy to see how “happy” is just oozing out of you. It ALMOST makes me want to jump back into the dating world……..ALMOST :)


6 Angela December 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

Awww, these are wonderful!! I especially love the first one of you by yourself. The ones with Eric are adorable, too.


7 Sidney December 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

Great pix!!!! I have my fingers crossed to be on the receiving list!


8 Matt December 1, 2010 at 10:33 am

Great pictures! You guys look great together ;)


9 Caitlin December 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

I love the solo one of you on the bench, too! And of course the ones of you and Eric – seeing as you’re in my top 5 fav couples :) This is so awesome and I’m pleased as punch they turned out so beautiful! You can’t wipe that happiness off your face and there is nothing better than that!!


10 shelby @ eatdrinkrun December 1, 2010 at 11:08 am

Can we get a collective AWWWW? You guys are so cute and happy. :)


11 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

Getting professional photos done is so fun! I had no idea, but then I was bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. I thought posing for all of the pictures would be torture, but it ended up being one of my favorite parts in the entire experience!

Your pics are super cute, btw!


12 Tenecia December 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

Ok…you guys are so cute, it almost makes my tummy hurts :)

And I’m lovin’ your sweater!! Where did you get it?



13 Rachel December 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Thanks!! It’s from Express!


14 Caroline December 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

These pictures are great! When my parents moved our family from Ohio to Florida I remember how upset I was my first Christmas down there (I went to the beach!) After five warm Christmases I’m only starting to become okay with it.


15 MelissaNibbles December 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

The pictures look fantastic! You look beautiful as always. You’re my healthy image role model girl :)


16 Rachel December 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

That’s such a great compliment — thank you!!


17 angela December 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Awesome pictures, you two are so adorable. Giving up winter was most definitely worth it. ;)


18 Jennifer December 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Giving up winter up north IS worth it!! I always have a hard time this time of year, too, even though I don’t have palm trees like you. Birmingham is coooold today, but there’s never any snow! To me, Christmas means a nice dusting of snow. Luckily I will be there for the actual holiday, it just takes a little extra effort to feel the Christmas spirit until then. And this photo shoot seems like a perfect way to me! I may recreate this with my BF…albeit, with my cheapy point-and-shoot. Wish I lived in Houston so I could use Annie!


19 Alina @ Duty Free Foodie December 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

These photos are beautiful! The way you and Eric look at each other is so sweet.


20 Retta @ RunRettaRun December 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

These pics are great! You guys are so darn cute!


21 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write December 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Aw. I love you guys. You are so incredibly pretty girlfriend. You SHOULD be comfortable in your skin.


22 Stephanie @ Single in the City December 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Amazing photos!!! You can really see how happy you are, and at the end of the day, that’s all that truly matters.

Happy holidays, Rachel and Eric!!!


23 Beth December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Soooooo CUTE!! And pretty! And lovely!! And happy! I love them! I love the one of you guys on the lower left corner because I can see how hard you’re laughing. Miss you : ( But CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!


24 Maddy December 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm

<3 the red nail polish!! You are beautiful!


25 Carolyn @ texaseats December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I really like these! Like a lot. Very cute.

And the detail on the back of your sweater!


26 Lisa @ I'm an Okie December 1, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Absolutely love it! So cute and they all look grea.t


27 Sarah December 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm

The back of your cardigan is so lovely! And great photos all-around.

Oh, and cheers to being comfortable in one’s own skin!


28 Rachel December 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Cheers indeed! Thanks, girl! <3


29 Kat December 1, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Adorable pics! Love your ‘snow’ and yeah…that’d be my favorite scarf too – fierce!



30 Mary (A Merry Life) December 4, 2010 at 3:22 am

These are too cute.


31 joni December 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

i love your sweater. it’s like the classic mullet. business in the front and party in the back!


32 Rachel December 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Ahahahaha literal LOL.


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