Welcome one and welcome all, my beautiful VIPs, to the Thanksgiving Dinner Table of the one and only Jin N Tonic family!
Like any normal family, The Tonics have our squabbles, but mostly we are just your average, white, drunk, near-sighted, loving, Passive Aggressive Christians and Consumers just like every other healthy, normal family on this joyous holiday.
Join us, won't you!
Let's take some time to get to know each wonderful member of The Tonic Family, and also find out some of the amazing behind the scenes secrets that brought this photo shoot to fruition!
First, I have to thank my real life grandparents, who allowed their Weird Grandaughter to set up such a crazy event in their actual dining room. All the furniture and artwork in these photos are theirs, complete with Jebus Portrait. It's just not the same without Jebus. My amazing Grammie was even sweet enough to allow us use of her wedding China, purchased by my Papa in Japan on his way back from his time served in Korea in the early 1950s.
As the model of this shoot, each family member brought something fun to the table (HA!). Mom had the dress - and the constant wine buzz, *shh*; the son was just fun and simple to be; Dad's angry-at-nothing-all-the-time is a lifestyle that I can definitely relate to; and the daughter brought me back into all the things that I loved about being in high school, like the pants and the spikes, and all the things that I hated about being high school, like EVERYTHING else.
But the crucial Tonic Family member that really brought it all together .....
The true hero of this entire event though is the photographer himself, Sir Todd Powers. Not only did he MAKE THESE MASTERPIECES - He also made the dinner!! Can you imagine?? The man spent hours if not days prepping that turkey, and before he could eat it, he was forced to photograph it for three hours.
Is he some kind of Art/Willpower God???
Yes. Yes he is.
Of course the real Jin N Tonic has passed on the turkey for the past two years, but I can assure you a solid TEN POUNDS of mashed potatoes was consumed.
Oh yes it was.
My actual Thanksgiving this year was spent with those same amazing grandparents, sitting at that same table along with my old ass, blunt ass, loud ass, cranky fuckin ass aunt and her even older-ass husband. After a very tense 48 hours, I'm pretty sure the point of ALL Thanksgiving traditions is that no one enjoys them. No one does. BUT they're tradition sooo... Here's your Cheese-Whiz Broccoli Casserole!!
(I'm not joking)
I of course wouldn't trade it for all the real bottles of wine in the world. Or would I . . .
Here's hoping your holiday was spent however the fuck you wanted to spend it! You're all fabulous, and I am thankful as fuck FOR YOU!
I mean it.
All images are ©Todd Powers Photography 2014
Please be sure to share the proper credits if you share the photos! <3