December was a crazy month for us. My son graduated Year 10. My daughter had surgery on both of her feet. School finished for the year, as well as ballet performances, and end of year concerts. We moved house, and after all the boxes were unloaded from the truck, one of the first requests that I heard was, ” When can we put up the Christmas tree? ARGH! Christmas! I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath. So I bought some time, and I used a delaying tactic. “How about we buy a real tree for our new home?” It worked, and I had a weeks grace.
During that week, I unpacked, and the dust started to settle. I started to imagine a series of photos at the Christmas tree farm in summer dresses, sandals, and gorgeous afternoon light. Blue skies with puffy white clouds as we celebrated the Summer Christmas we enjoy here in Sydney. My imagination ran wild as I unpacked….and unpacked.
The weekend arrived, and I could feel my plans starting to slip. End of year activities filled our weekend, and the only time available for us to visit the farm was in the morning. The weather was cold for December, nothing like the Summer weather we normally experience. After breakfast, my girls went to get dressed and walked out in boots and long sleeves. Nothing that said Summer. I will admit that the photographer wanted to scream “NOOOO!”. This was not the mini session that I had imagined as I unpacked. I Sighed! I paused.
And then I reminded myself that this wasn’t a photo session. We were buying a tree for Christmas. This was a moment, not a photography opportunity. So we went with the clothes my girls had picked out. We went when the light was not perfect. We went to the tree farm, and we wandered through the lines of beautifully shaped trees. We ran up the hills, and down the hills. We talked and we laughed. We picked a tree we thought looked beautiful. We took it home, and decorated it.
This moment was filled with joy, and I am so glad that I let the moment happen. Now when I look at these images, I think they are better than what I imagined as unpacked the boxes. This is life. And this is my festive 5.
Now follow the link to see Sonia Epple Fotografie . I can’t wait see her Festive 5 images.