We do not have children.
My husband and I are not formally tied to any religion.
There have many people in our network who practice many different religions, or no religion at all.
Sending traditional ‘Christmas’ cards have always been difficult or downright offensive for us to send. For the first decade we were together, I just did ‘Happy Holidays’, because it was general. The design typically had a snowflake of some sort, usually blue, and was always homemade.
But as the years rolled on, we became jealous of the cute picture cards we always got from our friends and family, which were beautiful portraits of them and usually their kids.
This, as I’ve mentioned, was not our reality.
So two years ago, we decided to do it our way. We set up a quick backdrop on our back patio for some backyard self-portraits, got ourselves gussied up, poured a glass of champagne and just went for it. I picked a New Year’s card from Minted.com and dropped them in the mail.
Because we put some effort in, the cards were a huge hit.
While it was a total blast – our families loved it because they finally had portraits for their home of us, just like we did of them in ours. Sharing your likeness on a physical print is a funny thing in this day of Facebook avatars and Instagram posts. Those prints aren’t temporary- as they’ll be around for your great-niece or nephew to find one day and wonder…
Who were these badass people I share a bloodline with? They sure do look like they were having a good time with life.
This year our theme was colorful, cool and fun. Basically, I themed the entire thing around my desire to purchase a pair of pony-hair leopard kitten heels. And because I wanted to shoot with confetti.
I’m not gonna lie, the confetti was a challenge. Also, we shoot these every year with an iPhone triggered by Brian’s Apple Watch on his wrist, so that was interesting. Would I do it again?
The finished cards turned out great – I’m really happy with them.
I don’t know about other companies but I am FULLY on board with Minted. They address book feature alone makes it worth the price. And the fact that they credit the artists is a wonderful, necessary thing.
Here are some tips for you if you want to do your own backyard self-portraits next year, or like next week just for fun, whatever:
And that’s it! Good luck with your own backyard self-portraits.
Well, we made it. 2018 was one of the wildest years I’ve ever experienced. But I’ve come out at the end hopeful, happier, healthier and ready for what’s next.
I hope you’re celebrating however fits you best tonight. Here’s to a happy, healthy and busy 2019.
If you need a hand with planning your shoot for this year – let me know! I’d be happy to help.
How we shoot our annual holiday card portraits in our backyard, and why we do it.