Every year, I send out our cards at different times. Last year, our card went out near Valentine's Day - which was perfect for the angel images. I still have a few more cards to send out, but I did get most of the cards out before the holidays.
I had several choices for this year's card, but the Halloween shoot won out for me. I had hoped to talk all the kids into a circus theme, but I only prevailed with Beale as the lion and that was a close one. The night before the session, we wanted to try the lion costume on him and at 40 lbs, when he refuses to do something, he gets his way more than he should. In this case, Andy and I held him down and stuffed him into the costume while he struggled. But once the costume was on, he had so much fun running around the house growling at everyone.
So, the next day, he was happy to get back into his lion costume. Kessa had borrowed a flapper costume from Mimi, her grandmother.Sephine pulled together an elf costume, most of the items were from walmart - hat, cane, tights, shoes, ornaments for earrings. Her dress is from Nordstroms, though. Gotta do a little high low with the styling. I didn't argue with Chilton when he picked out the storm trooper costume from a catalog and layed the picture on my computer. He knows what he likes and the best way to get mommy to do it.
The best part about them all choosing their own costumes is that they were really happy to pose away. Andy was there helping so at the end he pulled up his hood, threw on somebody's sunglasses and jumped in the picture and I couldn't be left out so I grabbed a mask, doesn't everyone have one laying around? and jumped in as well.
Have a wonderful 2011!
And the back with their fun expressions. I let Kessa choose her image and she went for a serious. A girl after my own heart.