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It's nice to see a whole family in silhouettes. I love seeing how dad's chin got passed on to little Johnny or how mom has the same profile as each of her daughters. We actually used silhouettes for our own holiday cards three years ago, which you can see above.

Last Christmas I made a card for a friend showing her family (the parents and their four children). I love how the personality of each child comes out in their silhouette. I was inspired by a piece of artwork which I saw in the article Martha Stewart Living ran about stylist Rebecca Robertson's home which shows mom + dad = child. (Rebecca was a stylist when I was an art director at Martha Stewart, and she is as lovely as she seems).

As a gift to my little sister for Christmas, I made a print of her little family and framed it in a simple black wooden frame. (I love these ones, and they are on sale right now!)

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I'm loving all these silo posts. Thanks for the creativity and inspiration. This one is number 1 on my crafts to make list.

03.24.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

Very cute, I love silhouettes. My mother-in-law has some of her children when they were young, and now the silhouettes of my children hang along with them. We used an artist (at a theme park), she didn't draw them, she simply handcut them while looking at the children. It took her just a minute or two, very accurate and amazing. I need to have my leftout third child's done. I'd like a handcut one but not sure when we'll be back, I may go the photograph route and attempt this myself!

03.24.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

So, I'm loving the silhouettes and would like to do them for my family. But how do you get the one of yourself????

I have a cousin who's a hot artist in NY who does scissorcut silhouettes. She was even in Vogue with them!

03.24.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Hi... I've been following you for a while now and have never commented so I feel bad that the first comment I'm leaving is asking you for help! And I'd love to email you but I can't find your email anywhere so here goes nothing...

I am a photographer in St. Louis and on the side I volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep where we do infant bereavement photography at the local hospitals. My company is hosting a day of mini sessions for NICU babies at Children's Hospital in honor of a little boy who passed away April 23, 2009. I was there and photographed the whole thing. Since then the parents and I have become really close and so my partner and I are doing this mini session day to benefit the NICU in honor of that little guy, Seamus.

Anyway, the date is fast approaching and we have to launch the idea on our blog in hopes to raise additional money for the NICU but I am stuck on the logo for the event. They want me to use an image of Seamus in the logo design, which I'm fine with but b/c he's passed in the image they want to use I'm worried about how people will react to that. He's so tiny he looks like he's sleeping but still.

ANYWAY! :) The photo is of his profile but it's not perfect and I was wondering if there is anyway you would consider letting me send you the image and you try to make a silhouette out of it. I would love to send you the design I have done so you can see the place where the image is now... I really think a silhouette would be perfect and print better on t-shirts and things better than the photograph but I have never tried to do a silhouette and although I know IL well it makes me nervous b/c this is just so important to his parents.

I know you're busy and this is a lot to ask! Especially since I am a total stranger! We would of course link you on our blog when we announce the sessions and I would just appreciate it beyond belief!

My email is jodie@freshartphotography.com... please let me know if you would even consider this!


03.25.2010 | Unregistered Commenterjodie allen

My favorite Christmas card this year was the one I received from the "Smith" family! Should have known that if Mrs. "Smith" wasn't behind it, then it had to be her uber-creative friend, Brooke. LOVE IT! And, you've inspired me to create something silhouette-y for my family room. Thank you!

03.26.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

What a great idea! I think I will try and make some myself for this Christmas!

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