The Making of the Youville Holiday Card — 2012

In keeping with an annual tradition at Youville, this year’s holiday card got our residents involved. Residents from our Cambridge and Lexington locations came together to participate in a professional “photo shoot.”

After much internal planning, photographer Eric Barber, of, set up a professional set complete with lights and a white paper background. Residents posed on the oversized white paper so the final image could be manipulated and the snowflakes added.

Each "model" was assigned to one of four groups. While not all of the residents in each picture knew each other at first, they soon became friends as they were urged to sing and get comfortable in front of the camera. There were plenty of bloopers, but with such a talent, we knew we would get a great final image!

Each image is a separate group and required a separate picture. The final card is a composite of the four final images of residents, separate shots of Christmas decorations, a background image of snowflakes and some post-production magic. Over 200 shots were taken to achieve the final card.

The stars of the show, our own residents, met with make-up and wardrobe resources and got the chance to "mug" in front of the camera, snack on goodies and meet new friends.  The end result? This year’s holiday greeting is a real peek inside the “Youville Experience!”

Want to see some "behind-the-scenes" images of the photo shoot? Check out our Holiday Card 2012 gallery in "Take a Peek Inside Our Doors."