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Turkey Day 2011

Before we get any closer to Christmas, I thought I’d finally share some of my favorites from Thanksgiving. Surprisingly I didn’t get many of the table, but I did manage to get everyone to show my camera some love.  :)

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

We were so happy to have Bill and Lesley with us again this year! We missed them last year, I think it’s become an official tradition now. We couldn’t do it without them. Lesley is a force of nature and together the two of them are indispensable in the kitchen!

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011-5

I also made everyone sit for a photo because of the impending annual family Christmas album that I do every year – more on that later.  :)

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

Love that I caught Sarah dimpling!

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

Admit it, there are some handsome men in my family!  ;)(Am I a creeper for saying that?)

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

The whole dam fam. We just barely fit at the dining table! The light was reflecting really strongly off the garage door (camera right), which is why so many of us look squinty/confused.

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

Love this outtake of us. So much more than the “formal” shot following. I had to fix mom’s necklace, and I think dad cracked some kind of joke about it.

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

In other news, Lars started his training as a turkey carver, under the watchful eye of my uncle.

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011

Man, I love these people. We may be crazy, but at least we’re in it together and have great laughs along the way!

xoxo

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Christmas Wishes

I think I’ve mentioned a few or forty times how much I love the holidays, and Christmas in particular. It’s my favorite! For a million reasons, but mostly for the warm fuzzy feeling I get when I think about this time of year. I’ll wait here while you take a minute to go gag.

But seriously kids, my parents can check off “Make them love Christmas” on their kid-raising checklist, because this girl is a fan. I’ve been sharing a lot about my plans and possibilities for others, but to make it easy on my loved ones, here’s a few things topping my own Santa wishlist (because some didn’t realize more than half of my Etsy faves are gift ideas for others!):

Ellingsen Photography Christmas Wish List 2011

1. The Pro VSCO Film Pack ~ A new set of Lightroom presets that perfectly mimic those film results I’m such a huge fan of! The results look better than anything I’ve seen on the market yet, and they’re for Lightroom, which = saving lots of time. Are they more of a business expense? Absolutely. But mama doesn’t wanna wait until the new year. Gimme gimme gimme.

2. Vintage Camera iPhone Case ~ It’s perfect! The one I’ve had for two years has served me very well, but it’s not looking too cute after all my klutzy fingers have done (as in, I drop it a lot).

3. Heart Shaped Amethyst Ring ~ I’ve been admiring Moora Seal’s work for a long time. Big chunky rings like this are what I always gravitate to! And I absolutely love the rough-cut look.

4. Folk Unicorn Scarf ~ Pretty much every morning I can be found in some sort of scarf and cardigan combo, and this gorgeous printed scarf would be a great way to help mix up my unofficial uniform. I mean, come on, it’s unicorns. You can’t go wrong. I think I’m drawn to it because it kind of reminds me of Norwegian rosemaling.

5. The Handy Dandy Hand Strap ~ Since the only time I use the strap on my camera is to hang on my shoulder when I need both hands, I’m thinking it’s time to just go ahead and downsize to a hand strap. Plus, I’ve beaten the current strap almost to a pulp; it’s starting to get embarrassing!

6. Aveda’s Enbrightenment Set ~ This line seriously works for my skin, but lately I haven’t been able to bring myself to spring for it. And who am I kidding? I love everything Aveda.

7. Blue Plaid Electric Throw ~ Does this make me 100 years old? Yes, but I’m always cold at night these days. And I know Dante would love it, the poor pup has no fat or fur to help him retain his body heat!

So what are you wishing for, friends?

xoxo

P.S. The font above is Ribbon, designed by Dan Gneiding.

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A New Family Member

So recently Sarah, my trusty photo assistant/handler when I go to the shelter, has started working there as well. Coolest job, right? Well, try as hard as she might, she couldn’t stop visiting Cassidy, a gorgeous lab mix that we worked with earlier this year.

Ellingsen Photography Cassidy the New Family Member

So yesterday, after many visits and bringing Anja to see if they would get along (and of course, after getting my brother on board), she and Lars officially adopted her. Woohoo! Now Anja has a permanent playmate!

Originally, the shelter folks thought she would need to be adopted along with her brother Tiger, but after seeing how well they did with other roommates they felt comfortable separating them if need be.

I think Anja and Cassidy will match each other perfectly in terms of temperament and energy. Can’t wait to go over there tonight to play! I’m sure I’ll have photos soon.:)

Happy weekend everybody! If you’re in the LA area, the shelter is having a big event on Sunday where you can bring your four legged family members and get a photo with Santa! There will also be a bargain boutique, crafts from local artisans, a doggie kissing booth as well as a bake sale. I’ll be there all afternoon, come say hi!

xoxo

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Thankful

Ellingsen Photography Thankful Thanksgiving Table Placecard Setting

{Pssst….apparently I’m incapable of setting a post to go live ahead of time, so please pardon this delayed timing.}

There’s a lot to be thankful for this year, even more so than last.

  • I’m thankful my family and friends are all in good health, and that my parents are both well down the recovery road after their surgeries earlier this year.
  • I’m thankful for the beautiful home I get to share with my best friend.
  • I’m thankful for the delight I still feel every time I press the shutter button, and the feeling I get seeing my work printed and hanging on a wall.
  • I’m thankful for the time I’m able to donate to the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, and that they still allow this crazy photographer around their amazing dogs.
  • I’m super thankful every member of my family now has a job, because it wasn’t that way for a long time. But we tightened our belts and helped each other, because that’s what family does.
  • I’m thankful for Dante, and his unconditional love and affection. I’m also thankful he’s my own personal space heater on these chilly nights!
  • I’m thankful for all the wonderful people I get to celebrate Thanksgiving with today.
  • And I’m thankful for all those who stop by my little corner of the interwebs and say hi. I love hearing from you!

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today or no, I hope you have lots of things to be thankful for.

xoxo

P.S. The font above is Wisdom Script, one of my new faves. The font on the place card is Fling.

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