It’s time to be thinking about Christmas cards! Some of you have probably been planning yours for the past several months and some of you (I would more likely fall into this category) will put them off until the last minute.
In case you’re needing a little inspiration and/or help this year, here’s a few tips to help you come up with just the right Christmas card photo.
*Focus on what’s most important– people really just want to see a clear photo of your growing, happy family. It’s okay if your 6-month-old and your dog are looking in opposite directions. In fact, some of my favorite family shots are more candid, spontaneous shots that show that family’s personality.
*Choose a location that will be comfortable for your family and allow you a background that isn’t too distracting. I really like brick or stone walls. Consider lighting as well. It’s best to keep the light behind you (the photographer).
*Spend some time planning your family’s attire. Both coordinating outfits and mix-and-match are acceptable right now. If you have a wide range of ages in your family, choosing a color theme and picking out coordinating (not matching) outfits works very well. Keep in mind that red is the hardest color to photograph (it can be done… it will just give you added fits). I also like having everyone in one solid color (black or white are both very nice & easy) but different styled shirts.
*Take as many pictures as you feasibly can– but don’t push it when your family has had enough. The more you take, the better your odds of getting just the right one. But your family, especially young families, will get tired of holding their smiles and sitting still. It’s better to get as many as possible while everyone is happy than to try to force “happy.” I’m not above bribery– try planning to go out for ice cream as soon as you get “just the right shot.”
*If you’re comfortable with photoshop or another photo-editing program, post-process your favorite photo(s) by removing red eye, cropping, etc. Just be careful to use the right dimensions for the card you have chosen and make sure you don’t save it in too small a resolution.
*Be creative when choosing your card! There are lots of great choices out there this year. I especially like the cards that allow you to use more than one picture. This might be a good option if you want to use some candids along with a more posed portrait.
Have fun, enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Keleigh is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to two precious sons, one of which was born at home. A talented design artist and photographer, she is incredibly blessed to work alongside her sisters in their “family business” and have countless opportunities to grow closer to her Lord & Savior! When she has the time, she also writes on her own blog, Blessed beyond Measure.
Thank you so much for sharing these. I had almost given up on making my own Christmas card photos. They jus never come out right.
I love these ideas. You really do have to be careful with your backgrounds. If they’re too busy, they can detract from the fam.
I think it’s so important to remember that people want to see the family. That’s the thing to remember the most. Don’t stress too much. Just get a nice, clear shot.
love this article. Thanks for sharing with us. love it
I think that’s a great idea. Sometimes, I can’t get my kid to cooperate with pics but doing a variety of pics sometimes helps.
Holiday cards are so fun! We do them every year and it’s nice to look back at them. I have to agree that location is important but also just having fun. Sometimes we overthink it and want a posed photo but the ones where we are all silly always wins out.
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These are great tips. I always had such a hard time with Christmas family photos. Wish I had this information sooner.
These are great Tips. Christmas photos have always been a challenge. but not this year with this information.
Yyyeeessssssss girl! You have spoken my mind. I hate prepping for photos and smiling for them, most especially. If you are to take photos of me, I prefer you just take them as I am.
All of these are great tips! It is always fun, sometimes it can be a little bit of a hassle to get everyone together for a big family photo, but they always look wonderful once they are taken.
Love these tips and I always have to get those cards out. I am doing it earlier this year so everyone gets them on time 😉
Truly liked these christmas card photo taking tips. They seem so helpful.
It’s that time Already!! Christmas is around the corner. I love these tips as I plan to get set for Christmas early this year.
We don’t normally do family photo’s. These are helpful suggestions. Mine always look down, close their eyes etc when we take a picture.
ahhhh this makes me so excited for christmas! We always end up sending out a collage of photos from the year- but it’s time for me to start getting these together. Might have to take a few new ones too!
Your tips are so great, thanks for sharing them! Having all this information is very helpful to me
Those are all great tips! Christmas can be overwhelming, but also very exciting. Those Christmas card photo taking tips are the best.