It’s July and even though is in the triple digits across most of the US, I’ve got Christmas on my mind. I love photo Christmas cards, especially ones with cute babies. And since we just so happen to have a cute baby (and a cute preschooler) I am already excited about this year’s Christmas card.
I think one of the key components to creating a fun and memorable Christmas card is the photography. You don’t have to be a professional photographer or own an expensive camera (although it doesn’t hurt either) to create a card that pops. You just need to think outside of the box and be as creative as possible. Here are a few fun ideas of ways you can make your Christmas card the best on the mantle.
1. Action Shots– take a picture of your family laughing, playing, doing something they love. Forget about the posed shots and have fun. Let the pictures speak for you. A picture of the kids pushing dad in the pool makes for a very memorable photo.
2. Ditch the Sweaters– You don’t have to use a picture of your family in front of the fireplace or decorating the tree. Think about using a picture from your summer vacation to the beach or you kids playing in the fall leaves. (I particularly love the idea of using a summer photo for Christmas pictures. Even though it’s 100 degrees outside right now, come winter I’ll be longing for the heat)
3. Matchy Matchy – I know a lot of people think coordinating outfits are kind of cheesy but when all of the colors work together a pictures just pops. That doesn’t mean everyone has to wear demin shirts. You can choose a color palate or use complimentary colors. Think about decorating the pictures like you would decorate a room.
4. Include Fido – Most people that own pets consider them to be a part of the family so why not include them in the picture and the signature. And don’t just think about cats and dogs, include your pet iguana, hamster or bird.
5. Dress Up – If you have a very fun loving family get a little crazy and let everyone dress up in funny costumes or include funny props. Make sure to let everyone’s personalities shine through. (It would also be fun to have a theme like popular movies or shows: think Star Wars or Harry Potter)
Start thinking about your Christmas cards now, in July, so you can plan accordingly. If you want to have everyone wearing Santa caps in their bathing suits on the beach it’d probably be better to do it now instead the dead of winter.
After you have your photo you need a well designed card that will highlight your picture. Storkie.com has a huge selection of Photo Christmas Card that are sure to match any theme, color or style.