It’s that time of year! Time to get started on all that wonderful holiday prep! This year I’m determined to enjoy the holiday season as stress-free as possible. I’m getting an early start on all the shopping and of course, the annual Christmas card. Receiving beautiful cards from our friends and family is one of my absolute favorite things! There is just something wonderful about receiving tangible photos and well wishes from those near and dear to your heart.
Every year we order our holiday cards through Minted. I love how easy it is to design and personalize beautiful cards, suited to your own style. If you’re sending a holiday card this year, you must check out their site! You also MUST enter my $100 Minted Giveaway!
First, I wanted to share our 2017 family photos and some thoughts that I hope will help in your family picture taking future.
CHOOSING WHAT TO WEAR
- If you’re going to be displaying a giant family photo in your all white living room, do you really want to be wearing fuchsia and lime green? Okay, so probably no one ever wants to be wearing fuchsia and lime green, but you catch my drift. Think about what purpose the pictures will serve and where they will actually end up, then stick with a similar or complimentary color palette.
2. Whether you’re shooting in dress or casual clothing, choose a variety of textures, patterns, hues, lights, darks, etc to create plenty of interest. Think about how you will be posing. For example, will you be holding the baby in most photos? You don’t need to plan every pose ahead of time, just think things through a bit when choosing who will be wearing what. 3. Don’t wear white. Unless you’re a bride. OR, unless EVERYONE is wearing white. OR, unless you’re super narcissistic and want all eyes exclusively on you. If you want some pops of white in your photo (like us) that’s totally okay, just make sure it is dispersed evenly throughout the family members. 4. No logos on shirts. NO LOGOS on shirts. I mean, UNLESS the company is paying you to advertise 😉
STYLING HAIR AND MAKEUP
ACTUALLY BEING HAPPY
8. Do all the prep you need to ahead of time so you can be relaxed and enjoy the moment. Be as prepared as possible (snacks, wipes, hairspray, bobby pins, etc) and then realize and fully accept that someone is going to loose their shoe, or their bow, or poop everywhere (yes, all of those things have happened to us).
10. And, the best BEST BEST secret for getting some 100% beautifully authentic smiles from kids (and grownups)?
<GIVEAWAY CLOSED> Congrats to our winner: Julia Yankovski!
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