Emotion Through Fine Art - Painterly Images

For the past year I have been working hard to create fine art painterly images. It is one of the most rewarding and most challenging skills I've learned yet. Maybe one day I will show the world my first try, but probably not! On the day I took this image, my baby boy and I were home alone decorating for Christmas. My husband was working, while our two big kids were at school growing their precious minds. The house was clean. It felt so cozy with the Christmas tree lit up. The fireplace mantle made me happy with all of the garland and nick knacks. Us Photographers have unique minds, we see everything as a picture and can really appreciate a great scenery.

Earlier that morning, my son and I stopped in at a local children's boutique that I had come across online. They have antique children's clothing and I just knew I had to get Christmas outfits from there. We got back home, baby boy took a nap, and my brain started trying to figure out how to turn my living room into a photo shoot. I cherish photos of my kids. It's mostly the reason I started photography and to give other people that gift as well. It was gloomy and rainy outside so their wasn't much natural light to work with. I decided I was going to give it a try anyway. Lighting really is everything, so I used my off camera flash to bounce light off of the ceiling. Baby boy woke up from his nap and I got him all fixed up for his on the fly photo shoot. He looked so handsome and I was excited to see what we could create. I only had a little bit of time to snap a few photos before we had to go pick up his Brother and Sister from school. Baby boy was a little grumpy, so I figured we didn't get any happy Christmas pictures like we see posted everywhere this time of year. Later that night after everyone was tucked into bed, I went into my office to see what I had to work with. I looked through them several times to pick the best ones. As I was looking at his facial expressions and his curious big brown eyes, this photo really stood out to me. It really made me think of how magical and pure Christmas is to the young children in our lives. It made me think of how us parents would literally do anything for our kids to have the best Christmas every year. It also made my heart ache for the children who go without on Christmas. It brought back memories of my childhood and our family Christmas traditions. How my dad wrote me a letter from Mrs. Claus telling me that Santa was real because kids at school said he wasn't real. He wasn't quiet ready for me to lose The Magic of Christmas yet. While I was editing this photo, I made a promise to myself to soak up every ounce of these wonderful times with my family. It's not always perfect and we are always so busy. But as I sit and stare at my little boy, just being content by holding some Christmas tree ornaments, it reminds me to slow down and enjoy The Magic of Christmas.