Although exhausted Monday after returning from Miami, I had to snap into action upon realizing that Christmas is but a mere two weeks away! What?! Cue me scrambling to get the house decorated, Christmas cards ordered, gift list updated…time for baking cookies? I don’t know if we’ll have time! Hence, yesterday morning I subjected my daughter to a quick photo shoot before school – literally, hanging a white sheet on the wall of the dining room, pulling out the camera, and handing her a prop that I picked up the day before at Target. Lights, camera, action!

pink rosette dress / gold headband (GAP Kids, in-store) /  gold glitter tree (Target, in-store)


Here’s the sheet situation…not so pretty! Yikes.

Needless to say, cards are ordered = mission accomplished!


  • December 11, 2013 Reply

    Heather M.

    Too adorable for words!

  • December 11, 2013 Reply


    So cute and personal! Love it!

  • December 11, 2013 Reply


    She’s too darn cute! Such a difference in the first 3 photos vs. the last one with the exposed white back drop. I’ve never tried it before, but it looks like it works really well.

    Hope you had a lovely time in Miami! I totally enjoyed all the instas you were uploading!

  • December 11, 2013 Reply


    pretty sure i’m going to have to send out new years cards ;) your little girl makes the perfect christmas card!

  • December 11, 2013 Reply


    LOVE! So cute.
    If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of camera do you have.

  • December 12, 2013 Reply


    how adorable! i should consider doing this for next year with my son : )

  • December 12, 2013 Reply

    Megan :: Honey We’re Home

    She is the cutest! Great idea on the sheet. I pulled my son outside for a quick 5 minute shoot too. Too bad the cards still haven’t gone out yet! Yikes!

  • December 16, 2013 Reply

    Comfy Cozy Couture

    She is just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! That is definitely “fridge worthy”!!

  • December 20, 2013 Reply

    Megan Arquette

    How do you manage to white out the back while keeping her face warm? Did you do this in vsco?

    • December 27, 2013 Reply

      Erika Brechtel

      Hi Megan! I lasso’d her and feathered the selection in Photoshop, which allowed me to blow out the sheet to white around her. I may have even blurred it to make sure all the wrinkles were out! If you don’t have Photoshop, ironing the sheet and using a flash would work well. I faked it!

  • December 23, 2013 Reply

    Miya @ Design Indulgences

    this is way too adorable. I saw those trees at Target too!

  • January 2, 2014 Reply

    Megan Arquette/beachbungalow8

    Thank you! I’m better with Photoshop than I am with an iron. So, I’ll go run some practice tries!

    • January 8, 2014 Reply

      Erika Brechtel

      Haha hilarious! I think Photoshop is faster anyway. LOL!

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