This is my busy time of year for photography as most people want to get photos for their holiday cards!   So, what are some tips for capturing a great photo to feature on your holiday card?

DOCUMENTING with (posed) CANDID SHOTS
I enjoy documenting time with photos, so showing this on a holiday card is fun. Rather than all of the kids looking at smiling, maybe they are laughing or all looking at one of the kids, or all looking at each other.  You can pose your kids, then say, “Everyone look at…Piper.”  “Tell Mary a secret.”   “Line up for a race, ready set go!”  “Read a book!”

 

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Paperless Post. Love them. So easy to email out beautiful cards in minutes – less waste too!
Great for last minute cards, AND they partner with the (RED) foundation which helps support the fight against AIDS.  Each purchase from our holiday charity collection goes to the (RED) foundation.

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FOLLOW THEIR LEAD
Have them follow your directions, but also do some silly shots and in between shots. Let them give you some ideas too! You never know, especially with toddlers!

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LOOK BACK AT OLD SHOTS
You might have some fun beach pictures, summer family outings, Halloween. Be different and find something that shows a snapshot of everyone’s personalities in your family.

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DOES THE PHOTO FIT?

I love how Shutterflyminted let you see your photo in many cards at once.

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Holiday cards can be super expensive! Consider sending them via email with paperless post, or making your own!  Shutterfly has an option for uploading your own design if you are tech savy and have a program to design one.

Where do your Christmas cards end up ultimately? Do you save yours? A few years ago, I started saving cards from family and close friends and putting them on a circular clip. We take them out at Christmas time and go back and look at them by year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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