The Hank & Willie Annual Holiday Photo Fix

Photo and original card design courtesy of Card available at Cute dog not available, sadly.

Sigh. I take THOUSANDS of photos a year. Beautiful babies and blushing brides.  Captivating kids and their patient parents and pretty pets. Did I say THOUSANDS?

You’d think I could get ONE  keeper of my own offspring, but it happens pretty infrequently around here, unless you like superhero faces and bared teeth. (I do.)

So, as I do each year, I booked the date for my children’s annual portrait session with our favorite family photographer. I’m thrilled, because I get magical results without having to do the cajoling.

But all this reminds which reminds me that A) Christmas is a month away and B) it’s time for the annual Hank & Willie/Anna Sawin Photography photo fix. As my gift to you, I am happy to try a little Photoshop magic on your photo this year.

(See last year’s call for photos.  And the results.)

If you’ve got the photo you want to use, but it needs a little something extra before you create your card, send it my way. Head swapping is definitely not my speciality, but I’ll try one of those if the situation is dire enough, and am always happy to remove face crud, stray hairs, brighten and perk up, convert to black and white, etc.  If you send it to me no later than Dec. 1, I’ll be sure and get it back to you while you’re still looking for the four books of holiday stamps you bought last week.*

*Please tell me that doesn’t just happen to me?



The fine print

Send me your full-resolution photo at and make sure you put Anna Sawin Photography/Photo Help in the subject line. And, if you send me a photo, it is fair game to post the before and after on H&W, but I won’t use your name if you don’t want it published. If you have a blog, be sure to send me a link so I can share the love (and so I can see what else you are photographing these days!)

I don’t think I am going to get tons of photos, because many H & W readers are excellent photo editors already. However, if I get too many (like more than five) I will pick a few randomly to work on. I’ll send ’em back to you in time to make a card, and I’ll post ’em here to show everyone what I did! And hey–if you have a blog and Photoshop know how–why not post a photo fix of your own and post it in the comments? I love learning from other PS mavens, and I bet plenty of you have tricks to share.


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6 Responses to “The Hank & Willie Annual Holiday Photo Fix”

  1. Erinne Says:

    So cute!

  2. hartfordpug Says:

    awww that is a cute dog!! why can;t he be included??

    love you!

  3. thelandofka Says:

    I know what you mean with the photos of your own kids. I don’t have anything either and I need to get on that! I try to get my cards out by Dec 1 and this year that just ain’t gonna happen. *sigh* I’m trying not to stress about it though.

  4. molly Says:

    ok. i hope i make the deadline this year. i loved what you did for us last year. it sure is trickier with more than one kid!! thanks anna!

  5. jacksonandwyatt Says:

    Cannot wait to see what you do this year! Thanks Anna!

  6. libound Says:

    Hey, we’ll be ordering through smugmug this year, thanks to you!
    Love, Matt & Leo

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