Art imitating life

Mr. Right and I are getting our Christmas card pictures taken Sunday evening with our favorite rockstar photographers and good friends, McGowan Images. We’ve used them a ridiculous number of times (here’s a list), because we decided that as a family we want to prioritize capturing memories that we can keep for the rest of our lives. It’s going to be even worse when we have kiddos – Chelsea and Mack, you might as well start resting up now because our little rug rats will keep you busy. Someday.

So while I LOVE getting pretty new pictures, I hate having to pick out the perfect outfit. I like to pretend like I have style, but in reality I have no clue what I’m doing. I currently have it narrowed down to two outfits – one that’s neutral and sparkly, the other is a big pop of color. Regardless, I’m going to be sneaking in my new birthday boots, because let’s face it, the whole outfit will be centered around getting to wear my pretty new birthday boots.

So while reminiscing about last fall’s pictures, I got inspired. Last year we took pictures with our two favorite things – our beach cruiser bikes, and Will’s great-great-grandmother’s antique quilt. I’m not sure how we’ll ever top those, but the props made our pictures even more special.

PS–I was sick last year on picture day. I was also growing out my bangs, which is explains the hippie braid – because it was the only way to keep them out of my face. Praise Jesus this year the bangs are gone, and I’m determined to be healthy, with a natural fake tanner glow right out of a bottle.

Inspired by our his-and-hers beach cruiser bikes (and my recently added basket), I created my newest shop print, which I can’t wait to frame at my house. Or office. Or both. I’m starting to run out of frames and space!

And if you’re like Mr. Right and me, and you like exchanging love notes with your significant other, then these little 5×7 flat cards are for you. You can find both in the shop here.

┬áNow I just need to figure out what clever prop we’re going to use. Or maybe I’ll go with a less-is-more theme (translation – “Bethe was too busy to plan ahead” theme). Either way, I’m confident McG will make us look good. Stay tuned for sneak previews of the pics later next week!