Most of you have probably already taken care of this…but for me, it’s definitely time to start thinking about holiday cards. I’m sure there are many of you out there that have already addressed your cards and they are ready to go – but for those procrastinators like myself, soon it will be too late to hire a photographer (of course Keith is hoping there are still some procrastinators out there!) or take a picture yourself to grace the cover of your holiday card. (regardless of whether you are doing a holiday card or not, these are some useful tips for taking pictures of the kids!)
If you’ve made the decision to take this project on yourself – let’s get stared!
Let’s remind ourselves why we send holiday cards in the first place. I know we send them to family and friends as a way of keeping the important people in our lives up to date on what our kids look like. More importantly, however, Keith and I strive to send out a card that captures who our kids are. If great grandma in Florida sees our kids once every other year, we want her to have an idea of what our kids personalities are really like. We want our card to capture a moment that reflects this.
First things first, you need to decide what you want the picture to look like. Are you going to be taking your kids(s) picture with Santa hats on? Are you going for an action shot, like your kid(s) running in the backyard? Are you going to try and stage a traditional family portrait? Regardless of what you envision the outcome, it is a good idea to scout the location ahead of time.
Now that you’ve decided what you want the picture to look like, here are a few other details to keep in mind in order to simplify the shoot!