The brood is super into Moana this year, so it made picking a holiday card theme pretty easy. It’s the first year I made all four costumes from scratch though, so it took a while. Thankfully they were all fairly simple.
Photography by the always amazing, Jeff Kuo. Photoshop and graphic design by Doris and Cheryll.
We knew we wanted a beach background, but there was no way I wanted to attempt a photoshoot on the beach in November, so it was back into Jeff’s garage with the green screen. We started with the classic family poses…
And then just for fun, we decided to try out a “boat pulling” pose with some rope. Marcus wasn’t sure we should use an action shot for the card, but they came out great. (And obviously, he changed his mind since we ended up with one of these shots on our final card.)
We figured out pretty quick that the rope needed to start on the ground because the Grub wasn’t managing the “pull” part very well. =D
The Brood did great this year! Biggest problem was that they don’t know how to smile naturally for the camera yet, so there was a lot of scary grimacing. LOL
Here they are hula dancing…
We hired a fantastic henna artist, Hussain Maaz, to do Marcus’ “tattoos”. It took over 2 hours!
I used some cute photos from my brother’s wedding for the back of the card. On hindsight, I should have added some photos of the cats, but as usual, I was rushing to get the card printed and mailed out.
And here’s a fun behind-the-scenes shot of the garage with Mel helping as our rope holder. Thanks Mel!