our annual family photo shoot

December 15, 2006

i’m still here 🙂

we’ve got lots of photos of the kids, but until last year, we only had one family photo & it was one of those dreadful "cookie cutter" studio jobs that makes us cringe. so i decided to make capturing a family photo an annual tradition. i wanted to use the image on our christmas cards, but i also wanted it to reflect who we are & where we live. my 1st idea was of being outdoors with sheep in the background. so when we mustered a paddock one morning & michael was pushing the sheep up the lane that afternoon – it proved the perfect opportunity! with the kids dressed (& suitable clothes for DH) we met in the triangle. the hay bale was moved with the tojo because there were so many prickles (from the winter rain) & we were ready. we just had to set the camera up on the back of the tojo (no tripod!) & use the self timer – i really love how it turned out!


this year, i wanted to use our couch in front of a windmill (ever since i saw the couch idea on tara‘s blog, i’ve been dying to try it out!). fortunately, michael was a willing accomplice (bless him!) & we had the tractor at home to assist with the move. we also had the tripod this time & took plenty of shots for good measure – this is our favourite:


i made a behind the scenes layout (about the shoot) for the christmas portal at blue bazaar this week. be sure to check it out – its the DT’s last portal for 2006!


supplies: basic grey paper & lettering, l’il davis rubons, cosmo cricket chipboard, BBDT limited edition stamps (mine!), distress ink (fired brick & walnut stain). its a double 9" Layout – the 1st in my christmas album. photos printed with my trusty epson 1290 onto ilford fine art paper (main photo) & heavyweight matte paper (small photos)



  1. Ohh Charleigh. STUNNING. Please Please come and take some photos for me. If you are ever in Adealide !!! I just ADORE that idea. WOW.

    Steph xo

  2. Oh Charleigh, I never post to blogs but that xmas photo on the lounge is just amazing.. i have the lounge now just need the paddock. I am so far inside suburbia I may never escape..
    Well done that photo has now been placed on my ultimate pedestal.
    and I think it will not be knocked of for another in the near future, merry xmas from suburbia

  3. CHARLEIGH… you are back! Love the LO, but I have already told you that at BB…. I really was looking forward too seeing this new photo…it’s sooo cute! Yay Michael he’s such a trooper…mustering and moving lounges! Merry Christmas Charleigh

  4. Hey Charleigh!!
    LOVE your photos!! What a beautiful backdrop and a gorgeous family!!

  5. Hey Charleigh, it is good to see that you have finally managed to find the time to update your blog. The Christmas card photo shoot is very groovy, I don’t think that my husband would move our couch outside somewhere for a photo shoot. Were there conditions? Hope all is will with you and your family, I ofter peek at your blog so today I thought that I would send you a comment. Have a great Christmas. We are going to the Gold Coast for two weeks which will be lovely. Take care Charleigh. Cheers,Pip

  6. Charleigh
    i love the photos they are just so good.
    take care and have a fantastic year in 2007.

  7. Hi Charleigh,
    We met at the ISC at the Gold Coast when you were a Nun & then at Kiwiscraps 2005.I now live in Newcastle and noticed you have signed up for the Heidi Swapp class ” A year to remember”. So I thought I would drop you a line. I noticed Pip left you a message before Christmas. Those photo’s are great – I love the couch idea. I now have a blog if you want to check it out http://www.mariannepollock.typepad.com and Pip also has one it is http://www.pipprosser.typepad.com. A friend of ours has started a website kit business. It is http://www.sissey.com.au. Pip, Jodie Jackson & I are on the design team. It has been so much fun. Anyway hope you are well and had a great Christmas. Hope to see you soon. I am going to the Brisbane Papercrafts in March and meeting the Moree / Goondi girls – hope to see you too.

  8. love the new banner charleigh… does that mean a new post is imminent??? LOL

  9. hi ive just surfed in and i adore the family photo with the sheep in the background…what an awesome shot! The others are gorgeous too….

  10. Your photography is always outstanding Charleigh!!!!!!
    What a fabulous idea with the couch and a fabulous shot to go with it!!!
    Love it!!

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