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Extended Family Holiday Videography | In-Home Cookie Baking

  • Mar 12, 2019

Extended Family Traditions

Do you have a tradition with your family? I had the honor of doing extended family holiday videography for this amazing group of women as they baked!

Peanut butter, spritz, sugar, chocolate kiss, minty delights, what are your favorites? Because it’s Girl Scout cookies season and those cute little ladies smile and offer sugary goodness at the grocery checkout you may assume I’m referring to that. But I’m really talking holiday cookies.

I had the honor of joining an extended family while they held their yearly tradition of gathering, holiday baking, decorating and catching up, over champagne of course. The reason 2018 was more special that most is not my story to tell. All of these women cherish each other and the time they have together.

There’s a progression as you watch the film beginning with Kimberly and her daughter Claire. When Claire was very little, the tradition to bake cookies began with the two of them. Year after year, more joined as the family grew.

I’m reminded of my own family videos from when I was a child. My mother and I watched a few this past Christmas and honestly, it was surreal to see myself as a child, talking and acting in certain ways that I don’t remember. Hearing my father comment from behind the camera. The added bonus was the laughs we had over the hairstyles and clothing!

My goal is to keep creating these archival glimpses into a time, so even though it’s gone, it’s not forgotten.

Cheers, friends.

Interested in your own extended family holiday videography session? Reach out!

Mother and daughter form cookie dough for the holidays.

The family tradition started when Claire was a child and helped mother Kimberly cut the cherries.


Mother and daughters bake cookies in extended family holiday videography portrayal.

As the years progressed, Cate joined.

Holiday lifestyle photograph of women putting cookies in the oven.Photograph of woman's hands kneading dough.

Extended family cheers of champagne in holiday video.

Now, extended family is present for holiday baking, complete with socializing and champagne!

In-home portrait of sisters baking cookies.Grandmother and mother laughing in extended family cookie baking day.

Holiday cookie baking with extended family of women.Mother smiles as she rolls dough and drinks champagne. Grandmother pours a glass of champagne.

Mother and grandmother hug during extended family holiday videography session.Woman laughs and cookies that look like trees.Woman laughs with family.

Children decorate cookies at extended family holiday baking.

The newest additions to the day are the littlest!

Children put sprinkles on cookies.Grandmother helps grandson put sprinkles on holiday cookies.

Extended family holiday baking videography and portrait.

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