the best present ever…

After spending the month of November buying a house, remodeling, moving, photographing families and sending out photos for other people’s Christmas presents… it was time for me to think about my own Christmas presents.


But I was feeling unmotivated, broke and out of time (we only had 18 days in our new home before our annual Christmas pilgrimage to Carbondale, Illinois.)


But there is no place under my Grandfather’s Christmas tree for excuses.


My Grandfather purchased and wrapped 100 gifts this year, so I had to get my act together quickly.


Luckily my family likes my photos, so often times prints become my default gift. But this year I wanted to be more creative.


And then it occurred to me… my mom gave me a baby book after Harper was born, which she very sweetly (and repetitively) encouraged me to use, reminding me that these days go so fast and that if I don’t write these memories down I will forget.


But the baby book, although super cute and exactly the one I chose, was not inspiring me. Every time I sat down to work on it I would get stuck on family history I didn’t know or on an irrelevant question that I didn’t care about.


And the thought of making one more scrapbook (I was a scrapbooking fool in high school, before scrapbooking was a verb) that would fall apart in 10 years… did not appeal to me.


So I decided to make my own baby book that I would give to our parents and to Arann. Several 4:30am nights and 240 pages later, here it is…


Watching my mom and Arann open their copies and flip through the pages on Christmas was the best present ever.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. Paige, thank you for sharing. Gorgeous shots. Inspirational and emotional. Happy new year!


  2. Thank you so much for sharing. Your pictorial journal fills my heart.


  3. Paige, that’s stunningly beautiful, nice visual treat/present to end the year……I wish I had you photograph my wedding, I told my husband about you and showed him some pictures you took (after that mini shoot in SF for local wisdom)…….Vino


  4. It certainly was my second best Christmas present. My best one was having almost two weeks with both my children, my favorite grandson and my special son-in-law and daughter -in-law. I am so lucky! Thank you for my best Christmas presents!!!!!!!!!!


  5. Love it, Paige. Thanks for sharing. B is totally for Bob.


  6. What an amazing retrospective of the year! Thanks for sharing your creative gift with all of us, always. Looking forward to June every day. Happy New Year!
    xo Keri + Ricker


  7. wow – what a wonderful life full of love for such a great family. it truly is a wonderful life huh?
    hope to share more time with you all in 2013.


  8. oh paige! Love this. I have long wanted to turn my blog into a book and got started a few years ago before I jumped ship. SO much time. I need a tutorial. It’s beautiful. xxoo


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