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The Annual Shaving of the Beard

It's the end of March, and that means Dave was itching to remove the five months worth of manliness he's grown on his face. It also means it's time for a beardy (or not-so-beardy) photo shoot. Not sure if it was the Beatles 50th anniversary, or Elton John's 40th anniversary, or all that Oscar-nominated costume design in recent films (American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club) that inspired this year's photo, but there is no question that Dave looks like his Dad from the early 80s in that third photo.

I'll post a few more of my favorites from the shoot over the next few days.

William and Harley

William is our next door neighbor up on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Harley is his little pup. If you were to see William on the street, you might think he's a rough and gruff sort of guy, but he's the nicest and gentlest person you'll ever meet. Both William and Harley were great sports to pose for us while we took portraits of the two of them and we really appreciate him spending an hour of his time with us.

Bird Beard

Every year, starting November 1st, David sports a "winter beard" through the middle of March. He usually trims it throughout the season, but this year I was able to convince him to let it grow with no trimming just to see how big it could get. (Thinking, "why stop there?", I and some of our friends tried to push for a full "year beard", even including a significant cash bribe. Despite our enthusiasm, David insisted the beard would meet the razor in March). I decided that before the Big Shave, we had to put the beard to good use--we needed to record the epic four and a half months of growth AND celebrate the coming of Spring, and what better way to do all that than a "bird beard"??

Promo Package/ADDY Award

Okay, so this post should have gone up about two weeks ago...but better late than never, right? Right! Two Saturday evenings ago we won a Gold ADDY Award for our self-promotional direct mail piece! We have been sending these to prospective clients, each containing three samples of our work, a hand-written letter to the recipient, one of our hand-printed business cards, a coaster and three little button magnets made by yours truly. You can see the whole package below.