An Adult Christmas | Dublin Ohio Photographer

Typically, as you know, I share a house update on Monday. However, not much has changed at the house over the past week. I can show you what an adult Christmas looks like when you are building a house and moving soon, though.

For Christmas, my husband and I received towels, sheets, pots and pans, and a lot of Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards. My parents also bought us a fire pit and we received a lot of candy.

So here is a photo of my adult Christmas this year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and time with your family!


Christmas Mini Sessions | Dublin Ohio Photographer

Christmas Mini Sessions | Dublin Ohio Photographer

I am so excited to announce that Joyful Moments Photography will once again be holding Christmas Mini Sessions! These photos are perfect for Christmas cards!

This year, Christmas mini sessions will take place at Karrer Barn in Dublin, Ohio. There will be lots of fun Christmas props and decorations for you to choose from.

Contact me to book your spot today!


About Me Monday: Christmas Edition | Central Ohio Photographer

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas this year. Last week, my “about me” blog post featured photos of what Christmas prep looks like at my house. I had not yet started my Christmas baking though, so I will start this week’s post with photos of my delicious treats.

The first image (top left) is the Reese’s Pieces I had to hand chop for one of my recipes. It took quite a long time but it was worth it. The photo on the top right is my cookies and creme bars. While they were pretty good, they were also SUPER rich and will more than likely not make the cut as a repeat recipe. The image below that is absolutely going to be an annual dessert, it is triple peanut butter puppy chow and it got rave reviews. You will find my Reese’s fudge on the bottom right and a new sugar cookie recipe on the bottom right. Overall, desserts went well this year and I had fun trying so many new recipes.

Christmas morning at our house began with breakfast. This year I tried homemade cinnamon rolls. They had an interesting texture but tasted pretty good.


After breakfast, we opened our stockings and did a few other things before heading to my parent’s house where my sister, brother-in-law, and two nieces joined us. Before opening any gifts, my niece read the Christmas story.


The kids kicked off the gift opening frenzy.

My parents both received special personalized gifts from their granddaughter’s.

My mom’s gift was a coffee mug with a photo of the girls and my dad’s present was a shirt that says, “if papa can’t fix it, no one can.”


Next we opened the stockings.

After Christmas at my parent’s house, we headed over to my grandparent’s house to spend some time with my dad’s side of the family. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos, but we had a lot of fun playing games and catching up.

On Saturday, we went to my mom’s parents house and had a delicious dinner and opened a few more gifts.


Overall, we had a great Christmas and we are looking forward to all of the great things to come in the new year.

Christmas Pictures | Central Ohio Photographer

This year I had so much fun with Christmas sessions. I had the honor of photographing so many precious families. Some endured the freezing cold while other’s were blessed with unseasonably warm weather. Here is a sampling of a few of my Christmas sessions.



Special thanks to every family who allowed me to take their Christmas photos this year.

About Me Monday: Christmas Prep | Central Ohio Photographer

I cannot believe Christmas is THIS WEEK!!!! Thankfully, I think I’m ready. Over the past several weeks I have been doing a lot of preparations. For some reason, I am extra excited about Christmas this year and I cannot wait to see everyone, play cards with my family, eat some great food, and watch the kids open their gifts.

We had a great Christmas program at our church this year and I am so thankful to know the true meaning of Christmas. We celebrate this holiday season because God manifest Himself in flesh and came to earth as a baby boy to save His people from their sin’s. Happy Birthday, Jesus!

I hope you enjoy a little look into the Christmas preparations at my house and I look forward to sharing my Christmas with you in next week’s blog post.

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!


Got my cards out a little late this year…BUT I got them out.


Our Christmas tree

Kitchen decorations

Even our bathroom looks festive.

Time to wrap the presents

Excited to try some new recipes this year


Photo Challenge Friday | Central Ohio Photography

This weeks photo challenge was actually fairly simple. Take a photo displaying bokeh.

What is bokeh?

According to Wikipedia, bokeh is defined as “the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens” or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

About my photo:

I just so happen to have a Christmas tree set up in my home right now and figured it was the best option to create an image containing bokeh.

My settings:

Nikon D750 on Manual Mode: ISO 1250, f/2.8, 1/80 sec

Tamron 24-70mm lens: Manual Focus

Resulting images:


                                                    Major bokeh


                                           Just a touch of bokeh