ohana beginnings and xmas blessings

as another year comes to an end we are re-visiting our beginnings, our first clients to be exact. we, like most other small business owners, started out with a dream and zero clients. it took a little luck and a chance encounter to get us off the ground.
enter the xanthopoulos family.
after meeting them for the first time, the xanthopoulos’ became our first clients and the first members of our extended ohana. since that day we have been asked to share and capture some of their most important family moments. the work they have given us aside, having this family come into our lives has been a HUGE blessing. they are some of the most wonderful people we could have ever hoped to meet in life. i am inspired to be better at everything i do because of them. they will always hold a special place in our hearts and in our ohana.
in what has become a tradition we look forward to every year, we joined the xanthopoulos family for a day at the la jolla beach and tennis club to take some fun photos for their family christmas cards. we didn’t have snow, but we had plenty of sun, sand, and smiles. i couldn’t ask for anything more.
these first two shots are fun little sample christmas cards. have you already sent yours out? :)

i LOVE taking photos of this couple!
they are the most in-love couple i know. their love reminds me of the love my grandparents shared for over 72 years. it is true and it makes my heart smile.

thank you both for believing in us and continuing to bless our family.
may all your days be merry and bright.
merry christmas and a very happy new year!

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Who would have thought that at one time in your career, you had zero clients. That's a big shocker to me because you're just…amazing photographers. :D I have so enjoyed your blog, your photos, and your stories this past year. Great fun to see what you're up to with your work. :) Thanks for the inspiration on a daily basis.. :)
Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

They look like they were having a total blast with you guys! I've truly enjoyed your blog this past year and next year I promise to actually say hi to you rockstars at WPPI :P

These are EXCELLENT!! I love the card too :)

LOVE these, your pictures are so real, real moments and emotions–awesome! great card design too, looks as though it was made just for them!

These are GORGEOUS!!! I love them all and it really shows this families spirit! Well done!

I just love these! You guys captured the essence of family love and togetherness here! I'd love pictures like these for our Christmas photo cards!

love the card! love the idea of cans for comments!

That next to last shot is my FAVORITE. But goodness, I love the whole feel of the session–it looks like everyone had fun, and the images' extra sunshiny feel just made me smile all the way through.

So fun. Nate and I need to get on that Christmas card thing ASAP

Adorable family! Love the sunny beachy light.

You guys blow me away. Awesome shots. I wanna be like you when I grow up:)

What a beautiful family. Love these. Your guys always rock it out. Drop it like it's HOT! =)

What a fabulously fun session Baxters! The love and joy you captured is so beautiful, you guys rock!

Love these guys!! Rock on! Consider this comment as a can of non-perishable awesomeness alright?! :) All the best! -Mike-

love these shots guys!! :) xo trace the canuck.. ;)

beautiful family ……..awesome pics loved it .

These are so fun and whimsical and loving. Great session :)

gorgeous! gorgeous! and nothing but gorgeous!

Awww…one word "beautiful family'. yes, you can see how they are "in love" in these shots. with this blog you helped me to be "patient" with trying to grow my business..i know i have alot to learn..

WOW! What an awesome family session. You can tell you caught the true essence of their family.

I don't know this family, but their pictures make me smile so big :))) I wish I lived closer, so that I can have pictures like these.

LOVE that modern card design SO much!!!

what a great family session. Fun, love and a whole lot of laughter. love it!

I love, love, LOVE this session. So many amazing images and little moments. and most importantly TONS of smiles!

Oh! What a killer session…awesome work, love it all…But the last stands out on top for me

These are so sweet. :-) What family wouldn't want images like these?! Absolutely beautiful work guys.

Great story! This is such a happy family. I love how you captured every moment. Love the shot with the boy throwing the ball in the air. That would make an awesome post card!

why, why WHY didn't we know of you guys when we were stationed in Hawaii :( Oh well, at least we get to blog-atalk you guys now :) Awesome shots!!

Fabulous family and such a wonderful story you shared. It's so nice to think back to my beginnings as well.

The fun & love just jumps out of each and every one of these! Love them, love the card designs, and love the story you shared!

Love this session!

My favorite image is the B&W one of the little girl with missing teeth!

If she was my daughter or i were a dentist I think I would buy this as a Large canvas to hang!

LOVE every single one of these pictures….I would love to have my family photographed like this!! great work!!

THAT is a PRETTY family!!!!!!!! great job as always!!!!!

Love, love, love this session!!

This may honestly be my favorite set of images I have seen you guys post! Absolutely Great!

Wow, my man, these are simply the bomb! Ka-BOOM, I say! Such a stylin' family, your images look like something out of a magazine. Fantastico session!

Such a fun and happy family! Awesome images!

Super super fun fam session!!!
LOVE it!

I totally love the modern and hip feel to these! What a gorgeous and fun family :) I need our family Christmas cards too. I better get on it :)

You guys really immersed yourselves in the fun! I'm loving this set!

LOVE IT….the light is crazy beautiful and the family looks like so much fun

beautiful beautiful family session!

These are wonderful!

Beautiful work guys!!! Love the feel of this shoot. Just simple and the family is so cool too. You can tell they have alot of fun together. Been away from your blog for too long. Bad chris….Bad Chris!!! :)

Good lookin family!! Love the walking shot with the sun peeking through!! Awesome!

Amaaaazing shooot!

Oh, i just loved the last picture! I want one just like it! ;)

Hands down one of the most fun family shoots I’ve seen. Gorgeous family, kids, smiles, sun…Love ’em!

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