Its time for our annual holiday card reveal. Creative photo cards have become into something of a tradition for our family. Despite the craziness that this season can sometimes bring, we really enjoy taking the time each year to create something unique and fun to share with family, friends and colleagues.
A friend asked me recently why we go to such trouble to create these during an already-hectic time of year. The answer is simply because we like doing them. Its become a fun way to capture our family in a much-needed annual group photo and also a neat way for Jon and I to come together creatively to make something unique. I like seeing the kids grow and change each year and have a lot of fun dreaming them up. Many of our relatives and friends have told us they look forward to receiving our cards each year, which we take as a huge compliment.
Over the years, we’ve done a Night Before Christmas-theme…
A Madmen-inspired vintage card…
Last year, we emulated famed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s style (check out her gorgeous portraits of the British Royals).
After all the ups-and-downs we’ve experienced this year, we are feeling especially grateful for the simple blessings in our lives: healthy children, a (finally completely repaired) roof over our heads. That sort of thing.
Borrowing heavily from the master of folkloric holiday imagery, Norman Rockwell, we chose to do something unapologetically festive this year:
Photo design by www.tinyprints.com
Its probably worth noting that we aren’t nearly this idyllic in real life. There is absolutely some Christmas cookie bribery happening behind the scenes to get the kids’ cooperation. Given my history struggling with anxiety and depression, Jon is careful to remind me each year not to go overboard stressing myself out about something as trivial as a card.
Happily, at this point, its evolved into something we all really enjoy doing. A visual representation of our family enjoying a very special time each year. And isn’t that what the holidays are all about really? These are our holiday memories.
However you celebrate, happy holidays from our family to yours!
Note: all card designs are by tinyprints. We order our cards from them each year. This is not a sponsored post and I am in no way compensated for using their services. We just really like their cards. 🙂