Monday, December 12, 2016

Out-takes from our Christmas Card

It's that time of the year again! One of my favorite annual holiday traditions is sending out Christmas cards in the mail to all of our family and friends near and far. It's something that we have done every single year since before we were married, and something that's become so much more special as our family grows and expands. One of my favorite nostalgic keepsakes is a 1945 Christmas card that my grandmother sent out to her friends and family - the year she got married. I have all of our Christmas cards hanging on our fridge and I love seeing and comparing the annual growth of our daughter from when she was a baby, to now.

This year was extra special because I am in the last phase of my pregnancy and the last time that Maya will be an only child. I have no idea if this will be my last pregnancy, or if we will have more children - that is up to God, and destiny! I really wanted to document this special and fleeting time so I splurged and hired a Vancouver family photographer named Felicia Chang. You might remember her from those special mother/daughter pictures that she took of us earlier this year. She has a wonderful documentary style that I really admire, especially when it comes to shooting families. She captures the spirit of children and parents so well.

The day we took the pictures was a total disorganized mess. Our week was so jam-packed so I hadn't had a chance to do laundry, so all we had to wear were greys/blacks. Then, as we were about to go out the door, it suddenly started pouring rain! We couldn't cancel it because she was fully booked up until Christmas, so we had to improvise. We had to change our location last minute and we ended up going to the Bloedel Conservatory, which is husband-ji's favorite place to take Maya on his daddy-daughter dates. It was still pouring rain, but we headed outside after into Queen Elizabeth Park, where the leaves were all golden yellows and red. At first we used umbrellas, but then we ended up just taking them off and getting completely drenched! I was totally freaked out that we were all going to catch a cold, but Maya was so happy to run wild in the rain without a jacket.

The pictures came out so perfectly and I'll cherish them forever. It was so worth it!

It was so hard to choose just one picture for our holiday card, so we went with an assortment of pictures. We also included a bump picture which was basically a pregnancy announcement for those who didn't hear yet. We went with this card from Minted.

Click HERE to see our Christmas Card Out-takes from last year!


Dear readers, which one is your favorite picture from our photoshoot?



  1. Such beautiful pictures, all of them! I would have to say my 2 favorites are the one with you & Madhavan kissing under the umbrellas with Maya in the foreground, and the black & white of Maya by herself with the umbrella. It must have been nice for you to work with such a talented photographer, especially since you are usually the one taking the pictures. Wishing you & your entire family a very happy holiday!

  2. Awww......well they are all so fab it's hard to pic!
    I think the grey & black theme worked well as it kept the emphasis on your faces.
    Happy Holidays!

  3. Alex,

    How lovely! These pictures turned out beautiful, love all of these black and white pictures. Maya is so cute and she loved running in the rain, she really has grown up. Love the picture of you and Husband-ji kissing under the umbrella! Happy Holiday to you both and to your entire family.


  4. All the photos are beautiful but the one of Maya standing by herself with her hands clasped is stunning!



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