A Johnson Family Christmas, Cleveland National Forest

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As I looked back on last year’s Johnson family photos, I laughed that I had noted that posting in February was late. Well now it’s almost May and I am just now sharing some of my favorites from this session with them from this past Christmas. I discovered these lovely locations with Reed and Hedder just weeks before I met with the Johnsons and just knew I had to go back as soon as possible.

Hope you enjoy these photos of one of my favorite families in the whole wide world in my favorite field ever!


We must start with the youngest star of the family, in all her dimple grin adorableness!

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I can’t even fathom how many photos I have of this lovely lady… thousands and thousands, I’m sure!

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Ugh, I love her.

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The brother…

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And the sisters…

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And we can close with a photo of all the ladies…

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Once Upon a Time, Rachel’s Fairytale DIY Baby Shower


Okay now that you’ve seen Rachel’s maternity photos at Disneyland and you’ve officially been invited, now you’re ready to see the baby shower in all its storybook glory!

Rachel didn’t want the traditional “cutesy” type shower—and I am right there with her. We definitely aligned in the rustic and eclectic vision for the shower… Having an overall storybook theme thankfully came alongside the Pankratz wedding decor that will be used this coming November. Big thanks go out to the bride to be for letting us borrow her treasures!

My favorite piece of the decorations from Amie was this very old typewriter that totally fit the theme! It was the perfect welcoming item for the guests as they arrived at the shower!

Our guest table also included the bookmark favors as well as a photo of the mama to be.

(all tutorials for our many DIYs can be found at the end of this post)




The shower was held at the grandma-to-be’s new home which had this gigantic side yard for us to set up the shower. Each table’s centerpiece was different and ranged from books and glass bottles to vintage trays and lanterns.


Hanging above the gift table were a dozen paper pom poms crafted by Rachel. And along the backwall and a perfect backdrop, was Amelia’s name written out in letters from Michael’s and a few paper rosettes. (see DIY links below)





Inside the house, was the cake table and the buffet. The rosettes were all hand crafted along with the cake stands—a DIY I featured on here last year.

Remember that fabulous florist from Lauren’s wedding? She was able to grab us some bouquets of flowers, and Rachel DIY’d the cake toppers to perfection herself.




The day truly was a success… Baby Amelia made out the best I think. 🙂


And here’s one last photo of the grandma, mama, and aunt to be!


You can see more of what inspired us with this shower and even more storybook theme ideas by looking at my Pinterest board and the mama-to-be’s.

DIYs used in this shower:

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Huge thanks to the Johnson family for being my first family portrait session! I could not have asked for a better family, better weather, or a better location for this session. It was perfect!

We took these the weekend after Thanksgiving but as they were a Christmas gift to family members, they had to be locked up tight! But now that Christmas has been celebrated, let’s carry on the festivities with a little Christmas portrait viewing!

P.S. You may recognize Rachel for a bazillion other posts on here, this growing photography obsession got a huge start from her modeling services!