My Portrait Innovations Experience and a Giveaway

This post is made in partnership with Portrait Innovations.

Family is important, right?  That sounds like the understatement of the year.  Yes, of course families are important!  They’re what hold our communities together.  They’re what make the difficult times bearable and the good times great.  Sure, they can push your buttons sometimes but they’re family so they’re allowed to do that.  Family loves you no matter what and they’ll always have your back.

I’ve shared on this blog numerous times about the ways my family makes memories together.  While I don’t succeed perfectly, it’s my goal to enjoy each season of life to the fullest.  Right now, my children are at the heart of childhood and I want to embrace that.  From forts in the living room to chalk drawings in the driveway, I want to be present with my kids.  I try to document the milestones of their lives with my smartphone and occasionally my nice camera.  …but do you know who doesn’t get documented?  If you’re a mom, you know the answer already.  ME!  Unless I specifically ask my husband to take a photo of me it doesn’t happen.  I want my kids to remember what I looked like in this stage of life.

My mom has so few pictures of herself after I turned 3 years old.  She decided she didn’t look good and didn’t want to be photographed.  You can see a few pictures of her hiding behind people but very few at all and absolutely no professional pictures.

I would LOOOOVE to see what my mom looked like in the stage of life I’m in.  I think she’s gorgeous and couldn’t be ugly if she tried.  I understand how she felt though because I feel that way now.  I wish I was a good number of pounds lighter and with a few less wrinkles.  Trust me, I wish I could erase that double chin of mine in every photo and off myself in real life.  But I can’t.  This is me.  While I try to almost daily reassure myself that me, this post-children me, is good, okay, lovely, has value, is strong, etc. I want to capture what I look like now…in the trenches of motherhood.

I want to make it a yearly habit to have family pictures no matter how I look.  I want my children to look back and see what their mom looked like.  I want them to see what I’m wearing and laugh at the styles that are popular now.  I want them to see the wrinkles and know that they are laugh lines…that they helped create. 🙂  I want them to know that their mom loves them more than anything and wants to capture moments on paper that they can look back and maybe one day show their kids.

Recently, we went to Portrait Innovations for our yearly pictures. It was the first time we’ve been there but we loved the experience.

From our time in the waiting room…

Portrait Innovations Waiting Room

…to our time with the photographer…

Portrait Innovations Photographer

…to our time picking out which photos we wanted we were well taken care of.  I should have gotten a picture of the massive computer screen they use to let you preview the pictures but I was so excited to look through them I forgot!

Walkup Family Christmas Pictures

I highly recommend Portrait Innovations if you’re looking to get family pictures made.  They have so many backdrops to choose from and the photographer we worked with was very professional and made the whole shoot very fun.  While we didn’t take advantage of it, they allow multiple clothing changes too.  We don’t have family in town but if you did it would be great to get a full family photography session too.  We saw one family there that did that and because Portrait Innovations has been doing this for years they were well equipped to handle such a large group.

Warning, this post is picture heavy because it was so hard to narrow down which pictures to show you.  I hope you enjoy looking at the variety of pictures they offer.  If you don’t want to see them all be sure you at least scroll to the bottom for your chance to win a photography session and prints of your own!!

Don’t they look mischievous?

They love to read together so I thought this was just precious!

I loved how they went a step further and edited a few pictures like this for me.  Isn’t it cute?  These are called Decorator Portraits.

This is another Decorator Portrait.  I love the soft white vignette added to the snow scene!

Portrait Innovations Winter Photos

We ended up with a ton of prints to keep and to share.

Portrait Innovations Christmas Cards

We were even able to order our Christmas cards right then and there in the store.  We went to grab lunch and when we came back all of our pictures, CD, and Christmas cards were there waiting for us.  I couldn’t be happier with the experience and I’m excited to give one of you lucky winners the chance to enjoy the same treatment I did.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out Portrait Innovations on Twitter and follow Portrait Innovations on Facebook to keep up to date with them and their specials.  Speaking of specials, right now they have a great special going on!  Check out their website for all the details.

Portrait Innovations Coupon 2017

Portrait Innovations Christmas Picture

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays, Happy Thanksgiving, and Merry Christmas!

About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and handsome little boy. She is the main voice behind Embracing Homemaking.


  1. We have not had our family photos done. We are about to leave as missionaries so it would be amazing to have professional photos done of our whole family. And… favorite Christmas song is “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!”

  2. Omg your photos are absolutely adorable! I haven’t had professional family photos taken in the 6 years my oldest has been alive and it would be so much fun 🙂 I would definitely get photos with my husband and two boys. And my favorite Christmas song is Jingle Bell Rock for some reason 🙂

  3. I would love SO much to win this! I’m a single mom and the money to have professional pictures done of me with my kids is pretty much nonexistent. So, yeah…that’s who the session would be for. My three kiddos and me.

    Oh, and my favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night.” I have a lot of childhood memories of my grandmother singing it in church.

  4. Jessica frey says:

    Your photos turned out absolutely perfect and you look stunning Ashley.. Your family has grown up since last seeing you…
    I am entering to win for my family or just the boys..just as well as document each year.. It really does make a difference. of my favorite Christmas songs is Oh Holy Night..and drummer boy song..there’s too

  5. These pictures are beautiful!

  6. We love Portrait Innovations but haven’t been able to afford it the past few years. I’d love to get an updated family picture! My favorite Christmas song is The Night Before Christmas by Brandon Heath.

  7. Great pictures.
    My favorite Christmas song is “I Pray On Christmas “. By Harry Connick Jr.

  8. My 15 month has never had professional pictures done. I would love to get pictures done with both my boys.,
    Favorite song… drummer boy

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