Your First Family Portrait

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Photos: Courtesy of Nan Lawson

It will live forever, in a frame, in your mom’s/mother-in-law’s/grandparents’ home. That’s what you’re thinking as you stiffly pose for your official wedding portrait. But what if it’s a bad angle and 40 years from now you’re still fuming over the boob fat?

Take control of your legacy and commission a refreshingly playful piece of art from Nan Lawson. Lawson set up an Etsy shop a year ago and stocked it with a few illustrations just as a hobby, but her whimsical aesthetic was an instant hit and now it’s her full-time gig.

Start by sending photos of yourself, either individually or with your future partner. Include notes on trademark looks or describe an outfit you want to be wearing (his-and-her Phoenix T-shirts, for example).

Lawson will get to work and show you a proof. In about six weeks, you’ll receive an eight-by-ten fine art print and a high-resolution digital version that can be reprinted on whatever you’d like — wedding invites, thank-you notes.

Each commission will set you back about $40, which is a small price to pay for perfection.

Available by e-mail order (
lawsonbuckets@gmail.com). For more information, go to nanlawson.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Nan Lawson
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Check out our gallery of Lawson’s portraits.