November is always my busiest month

And in a year where a pandemic has turned everything upside down I wasn't sure what this season of photography was going to look like. However, with a little creativity and a lot of flexibility from my clients I am SO thankful that we were able to turn out a busy month filled lots of love and laughter captured. Especially for those holiday cards! So keep an eye out! You may see some of my work come through your mailbox this holiday season!

November was sweet because not only was it filled with sessions from both old and new clients but more clients were having second sessions or expanding their session to include, siblings, grandparents, and in-laws. I love that. Its what photo sessions are for, bringing family together and documenting that experience. One of my favorite sessions this month was probably a session a client requested for her father who was turning another year older. We had a beautiful backdrop of bright yellow ginkgo trees it was like something from a different world and it was wonderful to watch the kids be silly and play with their grandparents. You could tell there was a lot of love there between them!

fall, yellow leaves, family portrait, grandparents playing with kids, Richmond family portrait photographer, Emily Butz

As I look toward December I have family on my mind.I'm thinking about how holiday gatherings may be a little different for some this year, there probably won't be festive holiday parties to attend, and with daily life being so strange this year maybe this holiday just doesn't feel the same anymore. Maybe this season has lost some of its brightness and cheer. Its easy to feel frustrated and to give in to the sheer exhaustion that is 2020.

But then I think back to years passed and the joy my grandmother had for Christmas and I remember all those good feelings. I remember that there are still little things that can be done to lift the spirit and connect us. The holidays for me are just as much about decorating, baking, and crafting as they are about reconnecting us to the people in our lives.

As we head into this last month of 2020 I encourage us all to:

Celebrate how far we have come,

Reflect on all we have learned,

Remember we are not alone,

And be grateful for things both great and small,