Merry Christmas & Joyous Everything

I recently won a raffle for a family photo session with the brilliant and ever so talented Sarissa Melissa Photography. Seeing as Melissa already has taken many amazing photos for me (you can see those here, here, here, here, and here), I was so thrilled for the opportunity to bring my family into her studio! As usual, she did not disappoint! Keep in mind, my children were absolute uncooperative beasts during this session. Soย Melissa definitely worked some kind of Christmas magic to produce these fabulous images!

We are definitely a family with a sense of humor. And you all know I like to keep things real and authentic. So picture perfect images were definitely not my goal. Each one of us should embrace our genuine selves, quirks and all. And I very much wanted to portray who we are and the actual dynamic within our family unit.

We are loving and kind to each other and those around us. We play pranks on one another. We tease. Probably too much. We are independent-minded and very stubborn. Yes, all four of us has a very stubborn streak, the littlest one being the stubbornest of all. But somehow, despite that, we are all very easy-going and adapt quickly to new situations and big changes. I guess that just comes with the territory of military life. And we laugh. All the time.

So when Melissa asked, “Can we please do something silly and fun and goofy?” I naturally responded, “Duh. Of course we can!” So we donned our best Christmas attire sprinkled with accents of camoflauge…because Army. It effects our every holiday! And we marched through the North Country freezing snow with a bucket of fake snowballs to the Sarissa Melissa Photography studio in the historic Watertown Masonic Temple. And Melissa brilliantly captured our family shenanigans and indoor snowball fight in these images.

*Snowballs: Indoor Snowball Fight SNOWTIME ANYTIME 40 pack (Gifted from my sister last Christmas).

On that note, I am sending wishes of Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Blessed New Year, and Joyous Everything from my family to yours. Remember to enjoy each other every day with gratitude and love. And don’t forget…when it snows, throw snowballs!


*All photos c/o Sarissa Melissa Photography.

Keeping it on the edge,


Also, be sure to check out the Winter Issue of Resilientista Magazine! There are so many inspirational contributions in this issue including my article on page 26, Running on Overdrive: How To Avoid the Crash.

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

30 Responses

  1. How cute!! And I loved the photos when you guys are wrapped in Christmas lights—how creative!!

  2. Oh fantastic photos! Merry Christmas Shelbee for you and your lovely family!

  3. It looks like it was a lot of fun to get your family portraits made. How great to get it done for free ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. A family of free spirits – I love it! Have a wonderful Holiday with those boys of yours xx

  5. Fun, fun, fun!!! Great photos you’ll cherish forever!

    • Thank you so much, Kellyann! I am so pleased with these photos for keeping the memories! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and I am sending you many wishes for a Happy New Year!


  6. Great family pics. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

  7. Awww what a cute photo shoot! You all look like you’re having such a fun time!

    • Thanks so much, Ruth! That is the magic of my photographer, I suppose! My children were absolute beasts and we were getting so stressed out! There was a whole lot of reprimanding and some yelling going on. I hope you had a lovely holiday. Many wishes to you for the new year.


  8. Oh my gosh, these do look like they were fun to take! I love the one where you’re wrapped in the lights! I hope you had a wonderful day!

    • Laura, thank you so much! The kids had a blast wrapping us in lights! And that was the creative idea of my genius photographer! I appreciate all of the support you have shown my blog this past year and I wish you many blessings in the new year, my friend!


  9. Just now seeing the whole batch of pics!!!! So fun! Canโ€™t wait to see some of these on display!!!! And I love that you brought the snowballs; I always like to bring props too, plus candy or fruit snacks to keep the kids not melting down from my or the photographers โ€œletโ€™s try this!โ€. Awesome family, and yes, lots of laughter! It makes the world go round.

    • Thanks, my friend, for checking them out! I will show you the rest of them when I see you next. I only shared about half in this post. My kids were beasts, as usual, but the result is perfection!


  10. I absolutely love these family photos! (And your family is so lovely!!!) The photos with the snowballs are the cutest, I think. Such a great memory for the boys to have when they grow up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. These are PRECIOUS!!

  12. These are truly lovely family shots

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you


  13. These are wonderful photos Shelbee! The fake snowballs are a great idea for photo shoots! I love your white ankle boots!

    Emma xxx

    • Thanks so much, Emma! We have a ton of fun with these fake snowballs…not just in photoshoots. We play with them all the time at home! They are great when it is too darn cold to go outside and play in the snow!


  14. Looks like you had some fun in this shoot ๐Ÿ˜‰ So creative.
    HNY !

  15. These are great and looks like such a fun photo shoot! I love the ones with the lights and the snow balls. I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!

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