THANK YOU FAMILIES AND THANK YOU SANTA.
I called Santa back in July and we were able to pencil in some dates. We ended up with two dates for Santa mini sessions this year; one day we were in a tree farm on a mostly warm-ish and extremely sunny day in October and then in November, I held an indoor Santa minis day and would you believe, it was warmer on this November day than it was at the tree farm in October the month earlier.
With everything going on, and being here in New Jersey where the rules and restrictions change so quickly, I'm very grateful to have seen all of these families this year and to offer a special Santa experience; I needed it as much as they did.
The sessions weren't the norm, however, we did manage to make it feel festive, special and have some of that Christmas magic, too. My assistant asked questions, took temperatures and made sure everyone stayed a good distance apart. The smell of Lysol overtook the smell of baked cookies and pine needles at the studio, but that's ok. I think we're all very used to that smell being so prevalent by now.
Although noone sat on Santa's lap this year, the interaction the children and families had with Santa was certainly memorable.
I arranged these sessions at my old home studio this year since there is a little more room and we wouldn't have the interaction with the other businesses in the building; it was definitely a good call and a safer, more controlled environment this way. I'm so grateful that everyone remembered their masks and were so cooperative during the entire process. Next year, I'll be at what right now I'm calling my NEW STUDIO, as I just moved out of my Flanders studio and I'm photographing exclusively now at the new studio, not my old or home studio. The new studio is 172 Landing Road, Landing, NJ.
I'm grateful to say we had a wonderful Holiday season of minis, as of today, all of the families have received their portrait galleries and right after I'm done writing this blog, I'm going to put up my own Christmas tree with my kids. I'm done working for the day but back at it tomorrow with a 3 1/2 month old at the studio and 5 sessions this week and then that's it for Holiday sessions. I need time to dedicate to my newborn, milestone and maternity clients that are coming in between now and the end of the year as long as we are still allowed to work here in Jersey, I will be working and taking all necessary & a few extra precautions. I hope we don't get shut down again, however, I'm so grateful for all of the holiday sessions we were able to fit in before any major restrictions or shut downs came into place this fall & winter.
Thank you for a wonderful holiday season of mini sessions! Wishing you all a very happy AND HEALTHY Holiday Season!
Millie Dee Photography 172 Landing Road, Landing, NJ 973.805.FOTO
Where did the name Millie Dee come from? It's my 2 nicknames, my maiden name is Miller, so some friends call me Millie and some call me Dee instead of Denise, so I jammed them together and made Millie Dee...