If you are my friend on Facebook, then you already probably know that I had something pretty cool planned for my family’s Christmas cards. Actually, I went so far as to say that it was EPIC and I really think they turned out awesome.
First thing’s first, though. Although the idea for the pictures was our own, we never could have pulled it off without the help of my good friend Denise McDonuts. Her and I met through blogging a few years ago
when she started stalking me, but she’s become a real-life friend.
Let me start by saying that our original plan for pictures didn’t pan out for a couple of reasons – which are boring and you probably wouldn’t care anyways, so I’ll spare you. What we ended up doing was a spin on our original idea and we knew with Denise’s help, we could make it happen. You see, Denise is a make-up artist and does the make-up for the monsters, zombies, etc at the Hanover House of Horrors (in Hanover, MA) at Halloween time. Chris and I knew this and asked her if she would do our make-up for a family Christmas picture and thankfully, she agreed.
Are you curious about what the heck we did for our pictures?
She sent me a list of a few things we needed for our shoot, which I was able to get at a costume shop in Plymouth, MA:
Ok, I won’t leave you in suspense any more. We all got made up as zombies. Well, at least some of us did…..
My six year old wanted NO part of getting his make-up done, so Chris, my step-son, my nine year old and myself got zombified and I bet you’re wondering how we managed to make the pictures work with only four out of the five of us made-up? Keep reading because we actually did make it work.
But first, I wanted to show you some pictures of us in progress so you can see all the work that Denise put into making us look amazing.
Here’s my step-son:
And here is the finished product:
I was up next:
Here is what I ended up looking like:
Here’s my nine year old:
Here’s how he ended up:
Chris’s make-up was a bit more extensive, plus, he had an area on his shoulder done, so there are more pictures of him in progress.
After all was said and done, we took the fake blood and poured it over some old t-shirts to make the picture look more realistic. It was freezing outside that day, but we all braved it and it only took a minute or so to get the right picture.
So, are you ready for the big reveal??
I just know you’ve been sitting there wondering how we made it work with the little one. Well, here ya go.
He was giggling through most of the pictures, even though he and I practiced making scared faces beforehand & that’s why it took a little while to get the right picture.
The card itself said Ho, Ho, Braaaaaiiiiinnns by the way.
I’m sorry, but I think we totally outdid ourselves. What do you think?