It's "Do it!" time! This time with a family portrait. I know that many families send out family portraits as Christmas or New Year's cards. Some prefer the "Royal Family Lookalike - Contest" (all dressed nicely and putting on a sophisticated royal smile), others try to be funny and different (some successfully, others - well... It's a thin line. We decided to walk the thin line.) When I found this image on pinterest I knew what our family portrait would look like. Later I realized that it was a perfect fit for the "Do it!" column on MINA MOKA. So here we go!
For new readers: DO IT is a column where I transform a pin from my ideas board on pinterest into reality. Find two previous examples here and here. I try not to copy it exactly, but to use it as a starting point - and I try to work with things I already have instead of buying more. The motto: Stop pinning, start doing! Today: Stop pinning, start posing!
I planned to paint faces on paper bags together with the kids - but ended up doing it by myself because they didn't want to join me. What can you do...
The problem during the week before christmas when we wanted to take the pictures: The only times of the day when the four of us were at home at the same time it was completely dark outside, even in the mornings. We took it one day before school and work. You don't want to know what our tired faces looked like under those bags. Because I couldn't use natural light the pictures turned out to look horrible in color, forcing me to go for the black and white option. I like the old fashioned look of it, but would have liked to think of that before I picked the colors and took the pictures. Trial and error, as always!
Another nice option: A painted family portrait, offered by a couple of illustrators on etsy, like this one.
And another one from my ideas board - maybe for this year...?