Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Holiday card behind the scenes

The concept for this year's card wasn't hard to come up with, but it required a bit more planning ahead than usual. Typically we figure out the idea at the last possible minute and then execute it on, say, Dec. 20. We work best under pressure. This year the bee theme made sense and we knew we would have to think ahead and shoot it when the weather was still nice so we did it on a nice day at the end of September. 

We borrowed the supplies from our beekeeper since shooting this on the roof was not a viable option for many reasons. She lent us the empty hive boxes and the tools so we could just do it in the yard. I contemplated going to the U of M and doing it in front of their hives, but this ended up being way easier logistically and looked just fine. 
 
It was not without trouble though. It is much harder to get both girls to smile and look at me when I put them in ridiculous and uncomfortable costumes. Eloise was generally uncooperative and basically didn't smile in one picture, thus she is the sacrifice this year.

At one point we thought it was a smart idea to light the smoker..... ummm terrible idea. The pictures all looked foggy awful.
So in the end this was our shot and then I darkened and blurred the background in photoshop and then added in the vector art bees with the text. I liked out it turned out!

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