Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Story Behind Our Christmas Card

I've had quite a few people ask questions about our Christmas card this year. I decided to dedicate a blog post to the how, why, etc. First off, we owe a HUGE thank you to my father. My idea would never have been executed without his carpentry skills and incredible patience. I really do think he can build anything.

Is this Photoshopped?
No, other than resizing the photo to fit the 4x6 postcard we mailed, this is all the real deal.

We did not insert our pictures onto this backdrop. We are really standing/sitting behind this photo wall that my dad built. Those are real pictures and picture frames hanging on the front of the wall. We took the glass out of all the frames to reduce glare.

How was it built?
The photo wall is huge and was built in two panels with hinges in the middle. This was done because a.) we had to get it in our car and b.) we have to store it somewhere in our house. It hangs on two six foot wooden poles. Wallpaper took the most patience because of the odd size of the panels. My dad, with Zach's supervision, painstakingly was able to line up the pattern on the edges of the panels.

What will you do with it now?
We plan offering the photo wall as an option at weddings and events that Zach shoots. Minus our family pictures of course.

Who are the people in the photos?
1. Zach holding a pair of very old antlers we borrowed from my dad. Originally, I wanted to hang the antlers on the wall, but that just didn't work. Zach made it work.
2. Zach with Wayne Coyne. If you know Zach well, there is no explanation needed on why this made it on the wall. And yes, we did send The Coyne's a Christmas card.
3. Zach's Mom & Dad
4. Us at Christmas last year
5. Santa.....I mean it is Christmas after all. Zach took this photo three years ago during Downtown in December and was our Christmas card that year.
6. Zach's great grandfather Pat Woolman
7. My mom as a baby
8. My parents, my brother and sister-in-law and Z & I
9. Me in a classic senior pictures pose.

It is a challenge to come up with a creative idea for cards every year. Last year I thought no one would really notice if we didn't send one. I will never make that mistake again. I realized that people appreciate the extra effort. I also learned that my husband and I work well together as a team. Even though we both try and "art direct" at the end of the day I feel good about what we created together. That may sound weird to most people but we like projects and the challenge associated with turning out something people will enjoy. So there it is. Our card. Merry Christmas, Nash Style.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best of 2010

It's that time of year again. Time for my annual list of my favorite music from 2010. You can look at my 2009 list here and my 2008 list here.

1. Mumford & Sons - The Cave
2. Arcade Fire - This is by far my favorite album of 2010 and I can't pick one song. The whole thing is knock your sock off good.
3. Beach House - Used to Be
4. Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill
5. Local Natives - World News
6. Black Keys - Next Girl
7. Band of Horses - On My Way Back Home
8. The Fresh & Onlys - Waterfalls
9. Alexander - Truth
10. Cults - Go Outside (technically this album hasn't been released yet, but since I heard the song in '10 I am counting it. You can preview the song here)
11. Warpaint - Undertow
12. Ray LaMontagne - For the Summer
13. Jonsi - Go Do
14. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill (I hated this album at first. I decided to revisit it a few months ago and found a completely new appreciation.)
15. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
16. Vampire Weekend - White Sky
17. Delta Spirit - Salt in the Wound
18. Lykke Li - Get Some
19. The Avett Brothers - Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
20. LCD Soundsystem - Home

On another note, one of my New Year's resolutions for 2011 is to blog more frequently. I haven't been good about updating regularly and I will try and do best in the coming year. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and is surrounded with family and love. See ya in 2011!