Today I’m sharing my favorite family holiday tradition with you: our the-fun-is-in-the-details sterotype mockery Holiday Cards!
Hello and welcome to my Holiday Card version of my Five on Friday series! I had this grand idea to post my holiday cards in the Five on Friday section because I totally thought we had done them five years in a row. Turns out, this year was actually our 6th year! Soooo… instead of just showing you my cards, I figured it would be fun to stick with my Five on Friday theme by sharing FIVE pieces of information about each card. That way, my friends and strangers alike might get a kick out of this post. For each year, I’ll share what the outside and the inside of the card looked like, as well as a close up version of the funny photo so you can bask in the detail.
1. This was our very first year doing a funny card. We had no idea it would turn into an annual tradition.
2. My poor teenage stepson was not thrilled about wearing his festive holiday shirt.
3. The kids were a little too young to take direction but we knew we wanted them to have very stoic expressions while looking in the same direction. How did we do it? We played Dora the Explorer on the laptop. They were completely oblivious to the fact that we were taking a photo.
4. Our good friend took the inside photo with his 200 mm f/2 lens. If you’re not familiar with photography equipment, this is the kind of lens that will make any photographer drool. See how creamy the background is? We took this photo in the field across the street from our house. The kids refused to look at the camera and smile so we resorted to tickling. Its one of my favorite photos and hangs as a 24×36 canvas off of my kitchen.
5. Some people didn’t realize we were trying to be funny. They thought the cover photo was real.
After the first card went out, we got so many great responses that we decided we would do something funny every year. Then the real challenge began – trying to come up with a new idea each year!
1. This was the year that I was VERY busy with portrait photography. The running theme in the photography community was that you could spot a “wannabe” photographer by their use of selective color. I’m guilty of that very same Photoshop hack myself from my very early days. I desaturated the outside photo and boosted the saturation of the blues.
2. I also boosted the red saturation and colored back in the color of our lips.
3. Matching white button down shirts were purchased from, and then returned to, Gap.
4. The glasses enlarged my husband’s eyes, but I made them even bigger in photoshop to increase the “awkwardly creepy” factor.
5. I actually paid a professional photographer money to take my photo back in the late ’90s. I was wearing jeans and socks in those photos and they were sadly similar to this photo.
For the following year, we were lucky enough to have my stepson back in our family photo.
1. Just days before we took our funny photos, my daughter decided to cut her own bangs. Yeah. She cut them down to the scalp. Turns out it just made our card all that more funny.
2. Yes, I photoshop’d a unibrow on my forehead.
3. This is the only version of the card so far where our “good” photo was taken during the summer. I’m very anti-summer-photo in holiday cards, but my husband can’t stand it when I “wait til the last minute” to get the photo. Next year, we might just dress up like its cold outside when in fact its a 100 degree day in the middle of August.
4. I could not stop laughing when I was taking the photos of my kids and my husband. The kids were only 4 and 5-years-old at the time and their expressions are priceless.
5. If you’re completely creeped out by my husband’s floating head, we consider the card a success.
Next comes our most memorable (in my opinion) and my most favorite card. I love both photos equally, but for completely different reasons.
1. I borrowed my friend’s baby for the photo and I wasn’t really pregnant.
2. We were technically trespassing and had to be super quick with the shot. I could tell the neighbors nearby wanted to tell us we were trespassing, but at the same time they were afraid to talk to us.
3. This was taken on a clear day in December. I’m pretty sure the temperature was right around freezing.
4. The cigarette hanging out of my mouth is real, however the lit us ash was photoshop’d on. The merry xmas sign was completely photoshop’d as well. You thought it was real, didn’t you?
On to 2014…
1. Another photography trend was to take a cute styled photo of your kids and put them in a snowglobe. I just took it to the next level.
2. I was sporting another great unibrow paired with some heavy blue eye shadow.
3. I hiked my jeans up as far as I could, but brought them up even higher and slightly enhanced the camel-toe effect in photoshop. Apologies if that was too much information.
4. I waited until the last minute to get our “good” photo for the inside of the card and it was downright freezing outside. We had the camera on the tripod and all the while I thought my kids were smiling and looking cute, they were making faces in EVERY. SINGLE. PHOTO. I went with it and ended up loving the photo.
5. Again, if you’re completely creeped out by my husband, we consider the card a success.
1. None of us are involved in the scouts. Our attire was completely borrowed from friends.
2. I happened to have the box of Samoas stashed away in my freezer. For the photo, we melted one in our hands and spread it all over my daughter’s face. She completed the look by doing her famous “lazy eye” expression.
3. We had originally planned a much more inappropriate and offensive version of this photo but decided to go with the tamer version.
4. The fire and the tent are completely photoshop’d.
5. The inside photo was taken at my favorite tree farm just a couple miles from our house. Reason #67 why I love living in Oregon.
I have big plans for this year’s card as well as for years to come. If you have any ideas on what you’d like to see on my family’s future holiday cards, I would LOVE for you to share them!