So a few of the pictures below have been making their rounds over the internet and pinterest. I’ve had several blogs link to them for the “picture perfect” holiday card! So I thought I’d give you a few tips of my own!
- Pinterest….it’s awesome isn’t it! But take what you have seen and make it your own! I did see the cozy coup pic on there, but it was the yellow and black one…so I thought I would paint it red, and ad the wreath and of course the snow!
- Genuine…your friends and family want to see your kids being themselves, so try to find the best picture that “is so them”
- Change up the size of the card…now a days there are so many options with card shapes and sizes. I typically do a lot of trifolds and fun shaped cards for my clients
- Plan ahead….don’t try to do these last minute! All of these were taken well before the “holiday season” with plenty of time to plan
- Locations….hunt them down, go searching for a great off the beaten path location. If you book me for your session, I promise you that’s what I do!
- Style…make sure you pay attention to your styling (clothes) it really makes a huge difference in the images. As I’ve been working with our new associate photographer, she asked over and over about the outfits that my clients wear…that’s because I work with them on “what to wear” ideas and guides…it’s all a part of our process!
- Hire a pro…of course I believe that having a professional photographer do your family’s portraits and cards is the best way to go. They are great at coming up with ideas, designing cards that fit your family.
- Prepare your kiddos….let them know a couple of days ahead of time this is what we are doing, get them excited about it, even plan on making it a family day afterwards (go out to dinner and for ice cream) it will make it special rather than a chore
So for any of my clients that book a session in the next two weeks, we will throw in 25 Christmas cards (custom, beautiful, fine art cards) that you will love and we promise will be the talk of all your friends! So if you are thinking about a fall session…don’t wait!