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A Holiday Tree Cutting Family Documentary Session in Foresthill CA

One of Joe and Kristin's family traditions is finding & cutting down their Christmas tree. I was thrilled when Kristin mentioned joining them this year. We went to a beautiful tree farm in Foresthill called Snowy Peaks. They have acres & acres of trees situated on a hill where there is a view of the Crystal Mountains. After you choose your tree, you can enjoy a carriage ride around their property & drink hot chocolate around a warm bonfire. The only thing missing was the snow.

Family at a tree farm walking up a trail on the way to find their Christmas Tree

When we arrived, it was easy to see why this particular farm is so popular. It made me (almost) wish that my own family has a yearly tradition of cutting down our Christmas tree. Not having a lot of experience with tree hunting, I had a blast following them around while they hunted down the perfect tree. 

Their daughter kept herself entertained during the search, at one point playing swords with us. Here mom got caught up in this, finding her own "sword" & challenging her daughter to a friendly duel.

Little girl wearing a white sweater playing en garde with a stick at a tree farm

Joe was very discriminating & he had a solid idea of what tree he wanted to bring home. After a good long search, they agreed on a (BIG) tree. They could not be happier, as you can tell from the below photos. Relief may be a better word, though, for their little one!

Dad is ready to cut down their Christmas tree at a tree farm and his daughter is grabbing her face

While we waited for their tree to be netted & prepared for the car ride home, we enjoyed a carriage ride around the gorgeous property & some hot chocolate around the bonfire. What a treat!

Mom is smiling holding daughter who is singing
Mom is ordering hot chocolate while daughter and Dad are waiting patiently

One of my favorite parts of the whole day came during our way home. Their little girl sang her own version of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" singing "We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy too year!" After a few rounds, she fell asleep with her stuffed animal, Tigey, wrapped in her arms. 

sleeping girl holding her stuffed animal on the way home

Thank you Kristin and Joe for such a fun afternoon! The search for your perfect tree was definitely worth it =)

Claire Toney is a Family Documentary and Lifestyle Photographer located in Rancho Cordova CA. She loves capturing images that evoke nostalgia, for her own family as well as other families. Some of her family traditions involve visiting Apple Hill, driving around looking at Christmas lights, lighting candles every day through the New Year, making mulled cider, putting up the Christmas tree, and reading about the birth of Christ. If you would like for her to capture some of your family traditions, contact her through claire@clairetoney.comor (916) 769-5482