Last year Dean asked that a T-rex be in the next Christmas Card. How can I say no to that? With the help of a friend, I have plenty of references to the original Jurassic Park to make this a very funny card. If you aren’t a Jurassic Park die hard, I’ll point them out…
The front of our card has all the usual things, the crazy scenario, the funny acting from the kids and even the dog, but it has a few subtle JP references too. Note the Barbasol can under the tree. How else would one smuggle dino embryos?
Next we have our wardrobe. Ben and I have a reverse look to the main characters. It just worked that we already had the right stuff to do it that way.
Dean (and yeah, those are his real abs. The kid’s insane) is pulling off one of Malcom’s most iconic scenes and poses.v
Still no Elf on the Shelf in this home. We have enough crazy traditions to keep us busy! Do you have one? Do you love it or are you coating it in peanut butter right now? You can see all our past cards HERE.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
The Evolution of the Wilhelm Family Christmas Card
The making of our Christmas card started out a silly, super amateur, low quality joke about our dog. What used to take part of an evening to create now takes days of shooting and editing for me. All year this card is in the back of my head with thoughts like, “What am I going to do this year?, How can I make it better?, and Why did I ever do this to myself?” However, once it is done, it is one of my favorite projects of the year because I get to create it with the family. My kids are completely aware of the whole process now and are fantastic little actors. It is exciting to explain my vision, know they are going to actually keep it a secret, and watch them pretend in front of the camera.
I am excited to have this blog as an avenue of sharing my card with friends, clients, and those that I hope to meet in the coming year since I’m unable to mail it everyone! Come back to see the new card each year!
I shot the first card with 35mm film and the next few with a lousy 2 megabyte point and shoot. You can see that as our equipment progresses the image quality does as well. After starting a business and investing in professional gear we have been able to pull off crazier scenarios.
Every year, we hear one of three questions:
1) What are you doing this year for your Christmas card?
Answer: I can’t tell you! First of all, I don’t usually know. Second, sometimes “plan A” doesn’t work out. Third, it is a surprise, of course!
2) Can we be added to your mailing list?
Answer: Our mailing list is getting ridiculous, so I am very glad to have internet and Facebook to share easily with all of our friends, family, and clients!
and until our boxer, Wallace, died…
3) How did you get your dog to do that?
My answer: Really big treats.
Here are our cards starting from 2004 in case you want to see them all!
Our family got a big surprise this year! Fortunately for me this isn’t our real gift. I just rented the hippo *wink*If you don’t know the song that inspired this you can hear it here: I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oOzszFIBcE)
I didn’t intend to ride the StarWars trend but it happened anyway. I still can’t believe the Death Star made it into my Christmas Card! Although this required some major photoshop work, if you click the image to see the original post, you will know actual damage occurred in my home last year for the making of this card. If you follow the blog, you also know that we did very elaborate costumes from Episode 1 this year for Halloween which inspired this design. You can see them here: StarWars Halloween 2015
If you follow my photography, you understand why my card says Merry Macro Christmas. January 2016, I decided to promote my love for macro (close-up) photography by posting a daily “Good Macro Morning” image each week day. I found that I have lots of friends who don’t think I am totally weird for hanging out with insects. My macro work went from not having a place in my business to winning awards, getting published, and being featured numerous times by other large macro forums. It was a fun year of photo sharing for me, and I am so thankful to all of my great friends who supported me. That being said, it seemed only right that I take a queue from the 1989 movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids cover photo to combine my family and my passion for macro into one ridiculous Christmas card. I was a afraid that the reference might be a bit to old, but my kids knew why it was funny so I went with it. I think the rest is self explanatory. We have an addition to our family this year. Our nephew moved in with us, and we are happy to add him to all our holiday routines.
This one was like a comic strip. I still don’t have an elf on the shelf, and I don’t intend to ever start.
2018 Jurassic Park Christmas
Please think it’s funny that there are ripples in the hot cocoa on the back of the card 😉
I didn’t intend to ride the StarWars trend this year, but it happened anyway. If you follow the blog, you know that we did very elaborate costumes from Episode 1 this year for Halloween. You can see them here: StarWars Halloween 2015
I was one week into December and still had zero plans for the Christmas card. That is when my friend’s son Noah showed me that he has last year’s card on the fridge. I looked at the photo of my three kids on the back and panicked. Not only did I not have a plan for the card, but I had been so busy this year that I didn’t take a photo of the kids for the back of the card. The most recent images I had were from Halloween. Between that and my friend’s son talking about how Darth Vader should be on my card, the idea was born.
The next two weeks, I tried to figure out how to make the tree look like it fell over after being sliced with a lightsaber. I came home one day to find my tree on the ground with balls smashed to smithereens. I was a bit heartbroken, but obviously this meant less photoshop. We bought lightsabers and cleared the evening for our annual photo shoot. I spent the rest of the week repairing ornaments. I was able to fix all the ones with sentimental value, and we all agreed that our star was lame and needed replaced. I added snow to the back images for that Star Wars classic Christmas effect- hehe
So, the Death Star made it into my Christmas card… Not going to win any awards for beauty this year!