Photo day for Hank & Willie, and a friend. Weather was below freezing and children were miserable. Note chocolate-bar-as-bribe in my hand, bottom left. Note also that it is not having desired effect.
So folks, it’s December. I have no idea how that happened, but here’s another bulletin—Christmas is THREE WEEKS from tomorrow. Never mind the shopping, have you done your holiday cards yet?
That’s a superhero face, in case you aren’t fluent in the expressions of four-year-old boys.
For us moms who love pictures, this is our SuperBowl. I’m still figuring out which image to use for ours—and believe me, these boys didn’t give us many choices—and what it’s going to look like—make my own? Use one of the designs at the excellent design and printing companies out there, like Posh Peacock, Tiny Prints, Moo? Try the new and improved offerings at the photo-sharing sites like Smug Mug, Shutterfly and Snapfish?
Looking for ideas on making your card uniquely yours? Try these nine fantastic tips for making your own creative photo cards at Martha Stewart, or head to ShutterSisters and read their great series, Great Greetings!, on taking better photos and sharing great ideas about holiday cards. And for further inspiration, check out their Flickr pool for finished holiday cards and photos.
And if you’ve got your photo, but it needs a little something before you create your final card? As my gift to you, I would be happy to try a little Photoshop magic on your photo this year. So far this year for friends’ photos I have:
A) Swapped heads on a lovely family for optimum smileage
B) Removed a silver picture frame embedded in the head of a handsome preschooler
C) Done basic contrast/curves boost and color boost (Falls under the category of “make it better and brighter!”
D) Done black and white conversions
E) Done vintage and faded conversions
If you think you need help with one of those areas and if you think I might be able to make your photo look better than it already is, send me your original, unedited high-resolution file.
But remember, pictures that tell the story of your family don’t have to be perfect to be great!
The fine print
Send me your photo at hankandwillieATgmail.com and make sure you put Hank & Willie Photo Help in the subject line. And, if you send me a photo, it is fair game to post the before and after on H&W, but I won’t use names if you don’t want them published.
I don’t think I am going to get tons of photos, because many H & W readers are far better at photo editing than I am. However, if I get too many (like more than five) I will pick a few randomly to work on. Because remember, it’s just three weeks from Christmas!
Anna Sawin is a Connecticut-based portrait, wedding, and editorial photographer. She lives in the shoreline town of Stonington with her family and has discovered the perfect cupcake. Just ask, she is willing to share her secret.