The Truth About Holiday Photo Shoots

Kelli Yon Family Photography

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Mama Kardashian’s annual holiday card may require formal wear, but your reality is T-shirts, sneakers, and smiles. Why pretend otherwise?

Kelli Yon, a Mission-based portrait pro, immortalizes families in their true glory. A mom of two herself, Yon appreciates (and expertly hones in on) the raw ingredients of nostalgia.

To start, Yon comes to your home or favorite hangout, blends into the whirl, and begins shooting only when natural family interactions unfold. If the energy is high, she subtly brings it down; if subjects are slow to warm, she draws them out with silly questions.

Yon includes at least one holiday-perfect setup in every session — with the whole family smiling and looking at the camera. But her bread and butter are the tender, funny, and real moments that happen before and after that pose.

And that’s the truth.

Kelli Yon Photography (freelance.kelliyon.com or 415-307-5354), $290 and up.

holiday clothes for kids!Winter means family dinners, snowball fights, and hot chocolate by the fireplace. Keep the little ones warm in the best pajamas, coats, hats, dresses, sweaters, and boots of the season.

this week in san francisco!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party
An epic immersion in turn-of-the-last-century London, with holiday shopping, puppets, and a hand-cranked safari carousel.
You might run into Father Christmas.
When: Fri.-Dec. 18.
Where: Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., at Santos St., Daly City. Tickets at 800-510-1558 or online at dickensfair.com. Tickets, adults and teens, $21 in advance/$25 at the gate; children 5-12, $10 in advance/$12 at the gate; under 5, free.

School’s Out Family Magic Shows: Gerald Joseph
Celebrate Houdini with an hour of gasp-inducing illusion, levitation, and sleight of hand.
Why: You believe in magic.
When: Fri., noon & 2 p.m.
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., b/t 3rd & 4th Sts. (415-655-7800). Tickets online at thecjm.org. Adults, $15; teens and children, $5.

Run Wild for a Child
A jogging stroller-friendly Turkey Day weekend run (5K or 10K) with a postrace expo and costume contest to benefit the SF Firefighters Toy Program.
Why: You’re stuffed.
When: Sun., 8 a.m.
Where: Golden Gate Park, JFK Dr., at 8th Ave.; costume contest judging at Music Concourse. Register online at signmeup.com. Adults, $32-$52; teens and children, $15-$35.

Photo: Kelli Yon Photography

Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
736 Mission St
bt 3rd & 4th Sts
San Francisco, CA 94103
Cow Palace
2600 Geneva Ave
@ Santos St
Daly City, CA 94014