*Kanye West was reportedly responsible for this year’s bizarre family Christmas card from his soon-to-be in-laws, the Kardashians.
The rapper, who has six-month-old daughter North with his fiancé Kim Kardashian, wanted creative control of the family’s annual photoshoot, and was reportedly the brainpower behind the casino-themed staging.
”It turns out that Kanye was the puppet master behind the photo shoot,” a source told RadarOnline.com, “as he provided art direction, sketches, and costume and make-up ideas.”
As previously reported, Kanye apparently tried to persuade esteemed fashion photographers Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino for the shoot, but when they turned it down over budget issues David LaChapelle stepped in.
An insider added: ”Annie tried to play hardball with Kanye over the money, but the production had to stick to their budget. Ultimately, Annie and Kanye fell out of negotiations.
”Mario Testino laughed it off as a total nightmare assignment. But that happens to be David LaChapelle’s specialty, so he wound up with the gig. David was, at best, the third choice and one dictated more by budget than Kanye’s much-vaunted ‘vision’.”