This Christmas was one of the best holidays to date! For the first time both of my boys were totally into the whole baby Jesus and Santa Claus thing. They both could understand and logic why we celebrate Christmas. Their little enthusiastic spirits have made this Christmas season filled with so much joy, laughter, and excitement! I feel beyond happy for the many things I have been given in my life. My loving husband, my wonderful children, a talent that I find complete happiness in, wonderful clients, a roof over my head, a warm bed to sleep in, food in my tummy, and a firm faith that Jesus is the Christ. There is a deep gratitude I have for the sacrifice He made for each one of us. I don't mean to get all preachy, but for this time of year I feel it is only appropriate. Merry Christmas to all!

Here is Hudson making his Christmas scribble letter to Santa...too cute! Do you like his backwards "s"?!
Hudson & Sloan were so excited to see that Santa had eaten some of the cookies they left out for him.
Christmas + 14 family members = a TON of presents under the tree!
christmas_004.jpgchristmas_005.jpgSloan's favorite gift was a Little People farm...the kid LOVES animals!
christmas_006.jpgHudson's favorite gift was a t-rex mask! We bought it off of Etsy!

christmas_007.jpgI made it a point to bring our tripod so we could take a family photo on Christmas day, it was the first time all of us had been together for quite some time. It was quite funny setting the timer, RUNNING for my life, and then try to look normal for the shot, lol!
christmas_008.jpgI have a fun family!
christmas_009.jpgHere's my beautiful mother DeAnne and my wonderful step-father Mark. So glad to call these people my parents! I had my little sis Nicole DeAnne do my mom's hair and make-up specifically for this shot, it had been a long time since I took a good portrait of my mom and dad together.
Now that Christmas is over, we are looking forward to an amazing new year! There is so much to look forward to, so many more amazing people to work with, and many more blessings to be had! Here's the Lyon family wishing all of you Happy Holidays and a VERY Merry Christmas!

PS. Keep a look out for our next post on the 28th where we will announce the top three submissions for our big Wedding Photography giveaway! There is still some time to send in submissions, so if you know of any deserving couples please email

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MOM said:
I love you so much honey - you are amazing and so incredibly talented!!!! I love to hear people comment on yours and Justin's photography - Dad and I are so proud of you and your wonderful little boys - we too loved this Christmas - It was wonderful because we have you all to share it with!
(12.26.09 05:56 PM)
Corinna Hoffman said:
what a beautiful family :)
(12.26.09 07:28 PM)
kristen said:
How fun. What an incredible way to capture Christmas. Go Jesus!
(12.26.09 07:43 PM)
stacy benintendi said:
amelia, your mom looks so beautiful in that first picture of your parents...even better than that, she looks like she FEELS beautiful. i love that for her and i love that you were able to capture that for her. you are a good daughter! i'm so glad your christmas was great...we were all barfing. hahaha!
(12.26.09 08:15 PM)
kayleen t. said:
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Your mom has great style btw, check out her skinny jeans!
(12.26.09 09:06 PM)
ohana photographers said:
hope your christmas was full of love and blessings guys! bring on the new year!
(12.27.09 10:16 AM)
mandii said:
thank you for sharing your rich inner life with your rich life filled photographs!!! checking your blog is one of my favorite rituals! have a blessed and beautiful new year!!!!
(12.27.09 12:22 PM)
Feuza said:
these are so great! I have two boys as well and can so relate, love the fun family shots and that tree with tons of presents, so glad for that lucky couple too!
(12.27.09 05:46 PM)
Brenda Landrum said:
So adorable Amelia! I love the backward S because my 4yo daughter does the same thing!!!
(12.27.09 07:08 PM)
Tina said:
I came across your website from my photography magazine and now have stumbled upon your blog =) I just have to say that I am completely in awe and inspired by your photography! Makes me want to take my camera out right now and start shooting! Then on top of it to see you display your faith - that to me is such a blessing. Not too many people tend to do that these days so it's nice to see it. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I'm bookmarking your blog here!
(12.27.09 10:12 PM)
nina renee designs said:
Gorgeous photos and family :-)
(12.28.09 04:18 PM)
Alexandra said:
These photos are beautiful!
(12.29.09 03:50 AM)
Kenna Marrelli said:
Matt and Kim are my choice for the wedding pkg. They have been through many challenges and are still going strong. I am a friend of Emily Searle.
(12.30.09 03:13 PM)
Rob L said:
I came across your site after searching for photos after getting my D90 for xmas and I love your photography! I am looking for software/plugins for post-processing my family photos. Do you have any suggestions? What kind of stuff are you using?
(01.02.10 02:26 PM)
Jane said:
I love those family shots. Any contests for a family session coming up? :)
(01.03.10 09:28 PM)
dressesshop said:
the family is so happy! i am longing for such a happy family, thanks for sharing ! :)
(07.01.11 07:30 PM)