It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about the family photo you’re going to place on the holiday card for all to see.
I love receiving photo Christmas cards. It’s fun to see family, friends and their kiddos on a photo card – especially if I don’t get to see them very often in person.
The hard part is picking the perfect photo. And by perfect, I mean the right photo. The perfect photo can be a casual picture snapped by grandma with a digital camera, or a picture of the family on a hiking trip. It certainly doesn’t have to be an expensive studio, everyone in matching suits, type of photo.
In fact, my favorite photos are the ones that are spontaneous and capture the personalities of the people in them.
I recently wrangled my hubby and son together to have family photos taken. We never love doing it, in fact I get kind of nervous. You never know what to expect with a toddler. But once we got out there and the photographer started snapping the pictures, we loosened up and had a great time!
Some of the best ones are of us just having fun. This one below is me laughing hysterically over something (I have no idea what??), but my boy is giggling at me. I love it!
I also love this one of my hubby and baby having fun. Those are real smiles!
Of course this ended up being one of my favorites of all three of us…
Overall, I’m thrilled we made it through another year of family photos without any meltdowns or tantrums. My son was really good too! 🙂
If you’re just getting ready for your big picture day, Shutterfly’s Style Expert, Jenn Falik, has some great suggestions to help you make your pictures fabulous!
Dress Your Family for a Beautiful Holiday Photo
“Don’t be afraid to play with fashion trends this holiday season – from bold colors to sophisticated accessories or classic styles – this is the time of year to have fun,” said Jenn Falik. “You can be current while still creating a photo that has timeless appeal. This season Shutterfly offers a wide selection of holiday cards that helps families capture and share their personal style with family and friends.”
Among the top style trends for this season’s holiday photos, Jenn Falik recommends the following:
- Color-Blocking: Group photos can bring one of the season’s hottest trends, color-blocking, into action. Arrange your family in different bold hues for a stylish, runway-ready look! Recommended color choices this season include jewel tones like rich purple, cobalt blue, emerald green and lipstick red.
- Get Comfortable: Cozy knits, specifically in shades of ivory or chocolate brown, will be trending this holiday season and the textures of sweaters can play beautifully in photos. Pair with similar colored bottoms for just the right amount of coordination.
- Accessorize: Opt for one large statement piece and one small accent piece per person, such as a hair accessory or scarf – minimal accessories with maximum impact!
Another tip, make sure your little ones have shoes on that are in good shape. I put my son in some ratty old shoes the first time he had photos taken and he had to go barefoot because they photographed him head to toe! Ah, rookie mistake. You’ll notice my son’s beloved Crocs are in several of the pictures above. Yep, pay attention to the shoes!
Okay, so the family picture has been taken, so now it’s time to create that beautiful holiday card!
This year Shutterfly created “Family Photo Day”, an online destination designed with tools, videos, advice and more to help families capture their personalities and style for their holiday photo card. Here, you’ll have everything at your fingertips to snap a fun, fashionable family photo!
And to top if off, Shutterfly is offering one lucky reader 25 of their new 4×8 holiday cards as a free giveaway! I’m giddy about giveaways and this one is really fabulous because you can make a beautiful card and your family and friends will cherish it for years to come!
HOW TO ENTER
To enter, simply leave a comment sharing your best family photo tip (and if you don’t one, don’t fret, just tell me your favorite type of holiday candy, I’m not that picky).
For an additional entry, Tweet about the Family Photo Day card giveaway using the #shutterflycards hashtag, and link to the tweet in a new comment.
No entries after 12pm Mountain Time, Friday, December 2, 2011.
One winner will be picked at random and notified on Saturday, December 3rd.
The winner will need a Shutterfly account in order to receive the giveaway. Don’t worry, it’s free and easy to create an account!
Good luck and happy snapping!!