The process for choosing a style and building a set for Christmas sessions is a hard one, but I love doing it! Thought I would share the process, as it is very rewarding in the end. Here is what the final set looked like.

The challenge these past couple of years was creating something that would be suitable for kids as well as families, as the special has grown since I first started. I knew the general idea of what I wanted – a cozy family room space that was bright and airy. I love natural light, but for sessions throughout the day I needed something that was bight and consistent. I started by creating a plain white room and blocking out most of the window.

I left a small space for my fake window 🙂


Once that was set up, it was time for the fun part – decorating. I give myself a budget of $500 and try not to go over – sometimes it’s easier than others. I love making accessories or modifying what I have as well – not only to stay within my budget but because it is sometimes hard to find what I envision out there, within my time frame. I have always loved those antique ladders used to hold blankets, and wanted to include that so I started there. I love how it came out, and will make a more sturdy one for everyday use when I have more time :), but this was good for a set where it would not be touched.

The natural wood went great with the creams and browns I had picked out for my colour scheme.

Next I added some of the other key elements I knew I wanted in my set. A fireplace – that has been painted many times – with stacking logs as an insert that I made….

….and building a window to go above it. Due to glare from my studio lights on the part of the window I left open, I had to take a picture of my backyard, add snow, and attach it to the back of my fake window.

A few more finishing touches and it was starting to look great.

Now all that was left was to light it and get ready for everyone to come and enjoy. I had so much fun at these sessions – so many great kids and families! Can’t wait to create something again for next year.

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Lisa Lotrijan Professional Photographer, captures memorable studio and location portraits. Specializing in newborn, baby, child and family photography. Serving, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and area. Contact for inquires or to book at (519)580-7839 or email

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