Planning Your Family Christmas Card Photo

Hello, Darlings!

Today we are going to talk about planning your family Christmas card photo. I LOVE receiving Christmas cards with photos. It is something I get great joy from. I love seeing how kids have grown and families have changed. But, a cardinal rule about Christmas cards is …. if you want to receive them, then you need to send them.

Planning Your Family Christmas Card Photo

Planning Your Family Christmas Photo Card

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Start With A Plan- Select A Digital Photo Card

Mixbook’s Holiday Card Collection

Planning your Christmas card family photo starts with a little research. Now more than ever, it is easy to have a FABULOUS Christmas card to send to family and friends. There are several online companies who print these cards very quickly and the quality is incredible. Mix books, Tiny Prints, Shutterfly, Minted all have sales during the holidays. You can even have them preprint your return address labels or even the address of your recipients

Choose the card and design you like. This will help you to know if your photo needs to be vertical or horizontal. That is important! You may only have one shot at this so make sure the photo is the correct size.

To Theme Or Not To Theme…

Okay, folks.. the theme is family. No need to go looking for a wooden barn or field.  You can very easily take your family photo in your own backyard

Okay, folks.. the theme is family. No need to go looking for a wooden barn or field. You can very easily take your family photo in your own backyard. Because we do Thanksgiving at the lake, the lake is usually the background to all my Christmas card photos. Don’t make it over complicated.

Oh, the pictures don’t have to be all serious either, have some fun. Some of the more casual shots can be the best.

the pictures don't have to be all serious either, have some fun. Some of the more casual shots can be the best.

Okay, one year we did go with a theme. Auburn University played for the National Championship (and won!) and we wanted to commemorate.

Use your Christmas cards to commemorate a special occasion

Planning Your Family Christmas Card Photo-What To Wear

Again, don’t overthink it. Because the best chance to take a family photo is at Thanksgiving, what your family wears to dinner is what will be in the pics. If you want a dressier pic, make sure you let your family know it plenty of time for them to plan for it. I will be honest, I love the pics where the family is more casual-it seems more real.

Planning Your Family Christmas Card Photo-What To Wear

Now for you, since you have already planned your Thanksgiving outfit with slimming features (black/dark pants, top) and added a colorful sweater or scarf/statement jewelry, you have your outfit ready. You can simply change your color palette by changing scarf, or sweater- easy!

What To Do If My Family Is Not Getting Together For Thanksgiving

Use a family photo from the wedding as your Christmas card
Use a family photo from the wedding as your Christmas card

Not a problem. Use pictures from a vacation earlier in the year or another holiday. If you just had a wedding, use the photo from the wedding. Being empty-nesters we get the kids at Thanksgiving every other year, so on our off years, I try to plan something during the summer. You will want to choose your photo card accordingly.

Share your family vacation photos as your Christmas cards
Our trip to London and Scotland

Just you and the hubby? Oh, have fun with it. We took a great couple-only photo and had updated pics of the kids (kind of a where are they now?) on the back of the card. Most cards have the option for several photos.

Take just an empty nest couple picture
Take just an empty nest couple picture

Use the back of the card as a "where are they now" update for family and friends
Use the back of the card as a “where are they now” update for family and friends

It Is Time For YOU To Be In The Picture

I have avoided for years not being in the Christmas card picture by being the photographer. Plus, I wanted the picture to be about my children. Now it is time for me to be in the picture. I don’t like seeing myself in pictures, even as a blogger it has taken time to get used to it. In the age of selfies, it is time to get out of our shell.

Here Are A Few Helpful Hints To Make You Feel More Confident In Photos

  • Go a little heavier on the makeup or you will look washed out
  • Use black pants/tops/shoes to make you look taller
  • Don’t go “all black” make sure you add colorful sweater or scarf
  • If you are feeling self-conscience out your weight, be in the middle of the picture
  • Practice your smile in selfies
  • Angles make you look slimmer. Turn your body slightly to create an angle or put your hands on your hips.
  • Know your “best side”
  • Add a prop
  • Try a pose that is not standing such as sitting in a chair
  • Take a photo that is not so “staged” more casual
Use your pets as props!
Use your pets as props!
Take your picture sitting down
Take your picture sitting down
Use holiday decor for props
Use holiday decor for props
No props, use nature as your props.  Here this tree serves as a prop and helps to create angles.

Hire A Professional Photographer Or Get A Photo Savy Friend

My kids insisted that they wanted a family photo for Christmas. I hired a friend who was getting into photography to shoot our family. He had great ideas for different poses. The only problem we had was we loved soo many of the pictures.

Hire A Professional Photographer Or Get A Photo Savy Friend to take your Christmas card photo

Once you get the hang of the drag and drop photo card, you can now more to making photo books. Photo books are my favorite gift to give for the holidays.

Oh, and all these Christmas cards, make sure you save them in an album so you can look back on the years past.

This week I am behind due to some “dental issues” (hate that) and having to do my entire winterizing in about a day. Check out Preparing Your Home For Fall/Winter.

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

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