‘Tis the season to be merry and bright!

Strings of wooden cranberry beads

One of the things we love to encourage is to Celebrate Family and also to savor each season of life that you may be in.  Some are rather bitter and some are sweet, and as we’re learning quite deeply, many seasons hold both simultaneously.

One of the types of sessions that we offer is a This Season session, when I spend all morning, afternoon, or evening with you photographing the details and candid moments, along with a handful of portraits.  

It’s in the common and everyday things that we find the extraordinary moments that fill us with appreciation and deepen our love for our families.

A photo collage of our family preparing the Christmas tree

Christmas ornaments hanging on the tree

With Christmastime upon us, I photographed those special moments of decorating for Christmas with my family, which though ordinary with bright blue tubs from the basement are also sacred. Our family is reminded of Christ’s birth and we grow in unity through shared experiences as family joined together from a fragmented past.

A basket of Christmas decorations including a snowflake lantern

Christmas ornaments and cookie cutters

Though the muted, vintage decorations may contrast with our cheery, bright decor, it reflects us. We hope through the creativity, order, and presentation of our home that we are also reflecting the Savior.

Seasonal decor, with an evergreen bough hanging on the front door, and a winter canister with pinecones

A coloring book, Kente Cloth: Patterns to Color, for celebrating Kwanzaa

A basket of holiday books, including A Simple Christmas and Holly Jolly Mad Libs

A nativity scene nestled amongst evergreen branches with holiday cards and pine cones

May the everyday moments of your own season, whether sweet as candy or bitter as chalk, find you thankful. May you take time to simply Celebrate Family as you celebrate with your family this holiday season.

Our much-loved, beat up old star tree topper on the gold-flecked Christmas tree skirt

Brian lifting our son Silas to place the final decoration on top of the Christmas tree

Seasons Greetings from Purple Lemon Photography to you!

Choosing the name for my first child was as easy as sipping a cool glass of lemonade. Choosing a name for this business was about as hard as squeezing the lemons to make the lemonade I so desperately needed once I finally chose it. As I look back on the process it took to find that perfect purple lemon, I see that although I tried to have a method to my madness, the madness came first with the method rolling down the hill after it. I was on the phone with my entire family trying some ideas out on them, when in pops my husband from the other room, “Purple Lemon Photography!” Then he went back to watching a movie starring Jack Lemmon with some friends. When he was still talking about it later, he quickly convinced me it was “the one.” The longer we sat with this name mulling in our brains the more and more we became convinced this is perfection in a purple lemon.

Purple Lemon packaging

I am eager to share just a hand full of the reasons we love Purple Lemon Photography!

Lydia was a successful business woman in the Bible (Acts 16). She sold purple cloth and used the success of her business to support the functioning of the church and its international mission. I want to be like her.

Lemons are a symbol of fidelity in love.

Jack Lemmon is a funny guy.

No one flat out told me they did not like it. Every other option received handfuls of rejects. Maybe they were just …lemons.

In elementary school a friend and I gave each other secret nicknames that used the letters in our names. Mine was Lemon! (Tip: take the initials of my maiden name, put them backwards, insert vowels, and voila!)

I love lemons. Lemonheads, lemon drops, lemonade pie, lemon bars, lemon sorbet, lemons on the side of my glass (Those are supposed to be appetizers right?)

The day it came into being, I was wearing purple pants, purple undies, and was drinking from my favorite squiggly purple cup.

One of my favorite photo assignments from college was my final project that I did on fruit. In my series is a picture of a lemon on a purple napkin.

When I lived in The Netherlands, I brought out the hibernating sketchpad and rekindled my love for drawing in the relaxed pace of life I experienced there. Out of that time of unpressured creativity, I produced a little sketch of a lemon on a purple background.

I got a lemon out of the gumball machine at dinner right in that time frame- and I even took a picture!

One of my favorite parts of photography is the visual appeal of contrast. Yellow and purple are contrasting colors. Who knows, maybe purple and yellow will be the new black and white!

Conceptually, a purple lemon represents so much of what I want my business to be- fresh, modern, unique, and something seasonal.