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{Halloween} Costume Parade …

We are costume people & Halloween is our holiday. If you have followed this blog for awhile, you know that we make our costumes every year & really enjoy the process. It never fails, but we usually end up making them all about 48 hours before Halloween (& sometimes it’s 24). This year was no exception. October is always so busy for all of us – my goal is to finish or manage making orders so I can take a break to make our costumes- Chris always comes up with something cool on his own so I don’t have to worry about that. Honestly, it goes back to art school days- I love the adrenaline rush of doing things at the last minute I think. We’ve been reading Roald Dahl books to Sayer lately (along with watching the old school movies to match). We just finished Charlie & the Chocolate Factory and Sayer came up with what we should be for Halloween this year. I love trying to wrap my brain around how to make what he suggests… like a Wonka Bar & how to make Oompa Loompa hair. This is what we came up with…. 

Speaking of Roald Dahl… I made this Fantastic Mr. Fox (Ash) mask for Sayer last year & he didn’t end up wearing it, so it became his costume for his pre-school Halloween party this year (that was a week earlier than Halloween so the other wasn’t made yet). As you may notice, the Ash costume was the beginning of the Oompa Loompa costume. It worked out quite nicely actually.
As I do every Halloween, I like to trip down memory lane a bit.  We started documenting our costume madness with a family photo three years ago. We’ll do it as long as we can pull it together. I actually didn’t think it was going to happen this year-  it was a long & rainy day into night & we were all a bit disheveled & tired.  But a tradition is a tradition…  

2011 (Circus Family 2) & 2010 (Circus Family 1)

2009 (Cardboard Robots) & 2008 (Plankton)

Wow, time flies! It’s so fun to see how we all grow. I hope Sayer looks back on Halloween fondly. I know I do…. 

What do you do for Halloween? Do you have any family traditions? Do you like to dress up?
Hope you all had a great Halloween!

Past Halloween Posts:
2011 – here
2010 – here & here & here

{Fun} Documenting the 40’s…

It started last year & Sayer was my inspiration. I had an idea to officially document his birthday every year by taking photos of him in our photo studio. I would come up with an idea of how to take the photos by using his interests from the previous year as my guide. I turned 40 last year & felt that it would be a good time for me to start documenting my birthdays too.

Now over the years, I slowly started to shy away from the camera myself- being much more content behind the lens rather than in front of it. However, this little exercise in documenting each year has helped that shyness a bit. Deep down- I’m really a ham & it takes the right photographer to bring that out. I started realizing that music, a fun idea, & a timer on the camera was just what I needed to really enjoy the self portrait process. I now look forward to my birthday for a different reason than I used to –  so I can fiddle around in the studio with the camera. This year I was excited to play around with the idea of being literally in the ’40’s & my love of vintage cameras. Yes, I just finally saw the Woody Allen movie, Midnight in Paris, which I think inspired my little photo shoot tremendously.

I think it will be cool to look at February 17th every year through my eyes. This year the focus was the camera & last year it was balloons…. but really, it’s always about having a really fun, creative hour to myself on my birthday. Do you have a birthday tradition?