Well, my dad did. I don't actually know how to use Photoshop outside of the 'enhance photo' feature. But I directed him with helpful cues like "Move that a tiny bit. No the other way. That's too much, move it back," etc. The actual photo shoot itself was a team endeavor. I could not have done it without my Dad, sister, and brother-in-law. I would list my mom as well but her main function was reminding how much I was traumatizing these poor rescue animals.
This year's vision was came to me at Ikea when I saw this image on a place mat (and a coaster, and wrapping paper, and napkins...):
A tomte! I've loved Scandinavian Christmas decor since my friend Johanna started inviting me to Julfest each year at her church. And add in the fact that I love to cross-dress and I already own a kick-ass sled, it just made sense. I tracked Nordic sweaters for the pets, Saami boots for me, and even made myself a yarn beard.
So to make it all come together we took individual photos of each pet, going from most obstinate and angry to most compliant and eager-to-please. Which obviously meant Oz > Norm > Mulder > Stevie. As per tradition, I got super sweaty.
At the time of shooting it was hard to imagine how it would all come together, but I totally love how it turned out. There was no way in hell that the cats would have 1) sat still 2) together 3) and look at the camera while Stevie sat behind them. Photoshop was inevitable. (Also I bought some reindeer antlers for Stevie but they would not stay up and they looked far too cartoon-ish, so I 'added' some.)
I hope you had a God Jul!