I think this year’s card might just be my favorite one yet. We were a bit intimidated at the thought of trying to get a toddler and a dog to cooperate, but give them a cookie and some cream cheese and you’ve got a sure fire way to keep their attention.
I’ve been tossing around ideas for a kitchen scene for a while, and Jon was never on board. When I suggested that he could be in the background pouring some booze into his coffee, he was suddenly a lot more interested. I figured my favorite cards have always been the ones where something funny has been happening (Jon tied up in the Christmas lights and Brady pulling Jon down the street), so we went with it. The original idea was for us to be dressed up in suit/tie/sparkles but last minute ditched the idea for pajamas.
Adelaide sat on her mark the entire time, happily gobbling down two very large chocolate chip cookies that we made earlier in the week. I was running back and forth putting cream cheese on the island so Brady would jump up and lick it. We had to take a small break to get him a step stool, because he was too short to really be seen in most of the photos.
This was our first year using lights. We don’t get great lighting in our apartment, so Jon brought home some strobe lights to light the set. I wish we had taken a photo of the entire setup, but it was too hectic to even think about it. My friend Ashley came over to stand behind the camera and to get Adelaide’s attention, which was crazy helpful.
^^I swear he wasn’t about to bite her. Adelaide spent a good amount of the shoot trying to snuggle Brady. She loves him so much. Seriously, she just loves her dog. Brady is so good with her, especially when she’s sneaking him food.
The final image was actually 3 photographs (Adelaide and me + Brady + Jon).
I guess there are some benefits to being married to a photo geek.
(PS. You can see all of our past Christmas cards here.)