I think the details are what make the portraits- beards, glasses, sunglasses for Jeni and Bill who live by the ocean, and a baby in a carrier for Aaron and Leah who just had sweet baby Oliver.
And of course, the pets are part of the family and had to be included!
I purchased basic white frames from Pottery Barn to put the cross-stitch in. I think it gave the gift a more finished look that I wanted.
P.S. I know these aren't the best of pictures. Frankly, by the time I was done with the portraits I was in a hurry to get them wrapped and out the door!