The long balmy summer days have drawn to a close, X Factor is back on our screens, the kids are back to school. It can only mean one thing…the countdown to Christmas has begun! (Groan, I hear you some of you say).

Sometimes there can seem little to love about this time of year, other than for weary parents the prospect of packing the kids off to school after a long and exhausting summer break! Yet the final months of the calendar year are always my busiest and I look forward to it almost as much as my kids look forward to unwrapping their presents on Christmas day!

When I get the chance and the weather allows, I love escaping the studio for an alfresco photo shoot and capturing the vibrant autumnal colours that burst onto the landscape. Plus around this time of year there’s always lots of new babies to photograph, so there’s a steady flow of new families and gorgeous newborns visiting me in my photography studio in Poole.

I always remind clients who come for a studio portrait session in autumn that a Christmas themed photographcould be a great hit with family and friends and can be used in a wide variety of ways. Photo cards make a unique and personal alternative to the usual festive greeting, and gifts such as framed photos are certain to be treasured for years to come.

But you won’t need me to tell you that to have the photo taken, printed and wrapped ahead of Christmas you’ll need to get organised! I’m taking bookings now and availability is already limited. So, if you like the idea of something similar to the photos I’ve compiled here from photo sessions of previous years, act now to secure your appointment.

So, yes, the countdown to Christmas has begun but don’t groan! If you act now, perhaps this year you WILL get it all wrapped up well ahead of schedule. Here’s hoping anyway!