What makes for a great christmas card… The photos of course! I love photography as much as I love baking (a big reason why I started this blog in the first place it is a fun way to do both)
So on to talking about one of my favorite things about the christmas season- the CARDS…sending and receiving :) Some years I will make my own homemade papercrafted cards and some years I use Shutterfly.com. I have never been disappointed with Shutterfly.
As I said at the begining what makes for a great card is in fact the picture. I have had years where we did the usual family with Santa, family in front of the tree, or a family vacation picture, but I think my favorite card picture was last year where I tried to think a little more outside the box. I had just started doing pinterest not long before I started thinking about our card picture and saw a cute idea for making a backdrop using Christmas lights and a sheet both of which I happened to have just lying around then I grabbed some cardboard letters to spell JOY and gave them to my girls to hold during the shoot as you can see we had so much fun!
I took the best one and put it into one of Shutterfly’s cute card templates and we were good to go- I did a flat card and put one of the outtake photos on the back
I have still been brainstorming about this years photo and have definitely spent some time on pinterest looking…. here is a website with a bunch of fun and cute picture ideas check it out Also you can check out Shutterfly’s new Microsite which I learned about this past weekend with some fellow Nashville Bloggers over lunch. The new micro site is Shutterflyfamilyphotos.com. Some of my favorite tips they have are:
1.KEEP CLICKING- this is very important with little ones especially when you have more than one kiddo I just spent a little time this afternoon having a photoshoot of my girls for my Christmas card and I took about 500 shots and got about 10 photos to choose from for my card
2. PHOTO PROPS- I already mentioned this a little when I talked about my card photo from last year and we used the card board letters to spell JOY. Some other prop ideas are a large picture frame (see below pic), a strand of Christmas light or maybe give the kids some candy canes
3. MAKE IT PERSONAL- try to have your photos show your families personalities. You also do not always have to have your subjects both looking straight at the camera here is one of the pictures I got today of my girls that I LOVE!
There are lots more tips and tricks Shutterfly has to offer so head over and check it out :)
Speaking of great card worthy photos Shutterfly.com is having a Cardworthy photo contest which is going on from November 9th- December 12th – each week has a different them and you can upload your picture into one of the fun Shutterfly card templates. you should definitely go and check it out.
If photography and photo contests are not your cup of tea but you still want to win something how about entering to win my giveaway for a $50 credit to Shutterfly.com :) Just use the Rafflecopter below and it will direct you how to get entries in the contest
Happy Picture taking and card creating everyone!