Styled Holiday Shoots, Behind-the-Scenes

“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way – oh what fun it is to style shoots, 3 shoots in a day! Hey!” … Okay perhaps my holiday singing is a bit rusty but if you have been asking yourself, “where has Dina been?” the answer is: stuck in party la-la-land. Over the last two weeks I’ve prepped for 3 holiday shoots and an out-of-town wedding that I styled and now I’m back. Slowly but surly I’m catching up to the tsunami of emails and work pilled up at my desk. So if you are waiting to hear from me – I’m working on it.

Movin’ on to the topic at hand. I really look forward to photo shoot days, lots of sweets and lots of fun. Here is a sneak peek at the day of 3 holiday themed photo shoots. My wonderful photographer & sweet friend, Lauren of Lauren Nicole Studios came out bright and early on a Sunday. Like a rock star she listened to Bieber {okay so maybe holiday music only lasted 15 minutes before we switched gears to a mix of Ellie Goulding & Psy}, snapped pictures and helped me switch up the Christmas tree to match each themed concept we were shooting. I know I say this in every post but I seriously heart her!

Photo shoot days are super fun but shoots that include my two boys are so much more special. Granted shooting takes a bit longer because I’m trying to convince the boys that they should wait to eat the cupcake in their hands until after we get a good picture of it. It’s so worth it to see them participate and help me set up. Shoot day means sugar day and this day was no different.  The kids had ingested a good amount of sugary brunch food, were covered in green & red glitter and boogied to Gangnam Style all while being photographed. Mr. Malik {holding his edible Santa beard in the picture below} had a chance to perfect his Santa voice. So much Holiday fun. Incidentally my kids are so confused as to what season it is – Halloween decorations are up but we are having a “Christmas Party”.  “Mommy when is the Halloween Party?” asked Malik on the day of the Christmas shoot. My response: “Ummm we had one in July with your friends, don’t you remember?”… I’m thinking I may need to start setting aside funds for their future therapy.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my Holiday-rific photo shoots. To get the skinny on all the Deliciously Darling magic, follow me on Instagram @ddarlingevents.

Next post – I’ll take you behind the scenes of the out of town wedding I styled. It was so beautiful and sweet!

xoxo Dina


  1. I wondered where you’ve been! Can’t wait to see the photos. I do that with my kids too. “Can I eat it yet, mommy?” “Just one more picture!” Maybe we can get a deal on group therapy?!?

    • LOL. Gretchen!!! It’s been exhausting. I’m just now getting back to laundry. Yikes. Yes, group therapy is totally in order. I can picture Malik 20 years from now saying to his wife “No, no, no we don’t celebrate Christmas before Thanksigiving, my mom had photoshoots months ahead of time and that is the reason why I’m putting my foot down”…Giggle. xoxo