Our Family –
Our family Christmas and a personal reflection
Ra Ra artsy-fartsy Christmas cardsy!
Making Christmas cards every year for folks has turned into one of my favorite things I get to do.
Some past images and current thoughts
I’ve been doing cards for a few years now for some amazingly close friends. It’s such a wonderful way to capture the dynamic of such a beautiful holiday season and slam in some super fun creativity within the family dynamic. I think one of my favorite things is going to friends’ houses and seeing our Christmas card on their refrigerator in July…oddly that feels like a success.
This Christmas is a particularly special one for us because of our magical new addition to our family. Finnley Joyce McCormick was born on June 18 and is now 6 months old. What an amazing ride it’s been…
As I’ve gotten older I’ve always wanted to have the same feeling for Christmas as I did when I was a kid. That wonderment and beautiful sentiment that dragged me out of bed on Christmas morning and made me shake with excitement with the falling snow and warm nights in blankets with hot cocoa and family in front of the fire. Alas, as I grow older and more and more cranky about everything, I seem to watch that feeling fade a bit more with each passing year. It’s almost turned in to “Ok…here it is again…who’s going to die this year so we can all be bummed out?” Ok…that’s too morbid, but you get what I’m saying. I just want the magic back.
Finn brought that magic with her when she entered the world. This year is the first time in a LONG time that I’ve felt that warm fire on my back while making cookies and laughing with family cuddled on the couch dreaming about where the Elf on the Shelf is going to appear today. Having our daughter in our lives has brought us PURE JOY. I’m so elated to have our little one in our lives I feel my heart drop into my stomach at times even just to see her smile.
Life has been so magnificent as of late. I am so lucky to get to do the work I do. Every client has been incredible, every concept has been fun to create and work on, and every day is a blessing with my family and friends. I am filled with an all-encompassing joy about how this year is ending.
With that being said, I have a full recap video coming out in two weeks y’all should check out all about the work from the 2018 and a cool look back at the TEN YEARS I’ve been doing this.
Yep! TEN YEARS! Holy cow! I remember the first time I ever picked up a camera…
It was on tour with my band, Boulder Acoustic Society, and I had borrowed a little Canon Powershot to bring on tour because I found photography kind of interesting and wanted to play. I ended up shooting the band in Charleston, SC for a day. I downloaded a free version of Photoshop and started immediately diving in to see what the program had to offer.
Not gonna lie…the photos weren’t good. But, it’s been ten years now and I feel like I’ve gotten to continue that exact spirit: pick up something new, download something wild, and dive in head first in figuring out how it works. I get to learn every day at my job, and there’s nothing more rewarding than that from a work environment.
The Nerdery – About This Year’s Card
So…the first answer is: “No. Finnley can’t stand yet.”
Bronwyn held her from behind and I photoshopped her out to make it look like little Finn was standing alongside her best friend, our dog Ida.
Second answer: We shot this in the BEAUTIFUL town of Ouray, CO where Bronwyn’s folks live.
Third answer: We shot this in about ten minutes before Finn had a mini-fit and the dog wandered off looking for some cat shit to eat.
Fourth answer: Of course I can mail you one! Just send me your address.
Fifth answer: Yeah, Bronwyn and I didn’t feel like we had to be in the photo…what with me looking like Santa’s fat, angry, biker step-brother, we felt it would take away from the overall power of the kiddo and doggo. And…well, Bronwyn’s too pretty, so it would’ve stolen the show too.
Thanks so much for being such a wonderful group of supportive, amazing, profoundly kind friends and family over this whirlwind of a year. We can only hope you have the best possible holidays and your hearts are full of as much joy as you can fit in them.
Love and warmth,