This year’s Christmas card took four costume changes, trips to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Target, and Cracker Barrel, and 319 stamps going to 13 countries:
Obviously, it’s my riff on the family portrait, complete with cheesy sweaters, an excited child, and a sullen teen.
The first photo we shot (we being me, the model, and Jess, my friend and evil camera ninja) in the impromptu photo studio in my living room was the jubilant father, replete with horrible Christmas sweater, cheesy vest, and even cheesier smile:
Of course, to test out the lighting, I tried a few other poses that didn’t quite make the cut:
Next, with a simple wig, horribly tacky Christmas sweater, T-shirts balled into boobs, Christmas ornaments turned into earrings, and a green sheet wrapped around my waist, I was transformed into a beautiful woman. With the help of a ton of makeup:
Next was the pose for the little boy. A pair of glasses and a Santa hat plus an eager look was all it took:
And finally, what family would be complete without the sullen teenager who won’t dress up or participate in the festivities at all?
Once the photos were done, my friend James took them and Photoshopped them into a Christmasy background that I purchased from iStockphoto and voila! All that needed to be done was get them printed (Thanks, Vistaprint!), address 319 envelopes and write personal messages in every card. It took several days of work and hours of effort, but it was worth it. Now I just have to figure out how to top it for next year!