I know! I keep talking about Holiday cards! Because it’s time people! Time to start thinking about what you’re going to do. How are you going to show your family’s personality to your friends and family.? Every year I look forward to seeing all the photo cards. I love photo cards the most. I love seeing how big children have grown, and if there are any additions.
Shutterfly has better tips and tricks on their Shutterfly Family Photo Site that help you plan your best card ever and they’re giving away a $100 promotional code ton one TCB reader. I could have used these tips over the years, although, what I have isn’t any less meaningful. We have pretty much used a santa hat every year. I take the photo myself. Usually I have to take a TON before I get that “money shot”. These above, taken by the lake near our home had me cracking up, years later. I remember trying not to show him how annoyed I was with each goofy smile. I remember leaving the lake thinking we didn’t get anything good. Now that he’s 13, I love these…….all of them! That little mischievous smile, and then that sweet angelic look….. and even those baby toothed goofy grins. Love them.
I think just taking them or having them taken is the most important. Of course you want perfection at the time, but in reality, it’s not going to matter years down the road. What matters is that you have them. I had fun putting these together. Year after year I plopped that hat on his head and year after year there are memories …….. mostly of him making me laugh at myself while I was getting annoyed thinking it wasn’t the perfect shot.
From Left to Right, starting at the top Left
- Santa shot- his first Santa photo with his cousins. As you can see he was not amused. I was devastated to not have the “perfect moment.” Now? It brings me much laughter and joy! Santa’s got quiet the grip.
- This was the only shot with no red eye. I was annoyed that while attending a community tree lighting, there were no good backgrounds.
- LaCamas Lake
- First year with our cat. Have you ever tried getting a photo of a child and his cat that turned out? That was also before I knew not to use my flash.
- Still using my flash…we were running out of time. I took this photo haphazardly, made it black and white to make it look better.
- Running out of time again, but it had just snowed a very very small amount. I made him climb between our porch and bush, plopped the hat on and caught the most adorable face ever!
- Started to pay attention to using props. Props are good. I’m not even sure if that cocoa was hot.
- First year with the pup. Running out of time again……see a theme? It was near zero degrees out. FREEZING! I quickly pulled the chair off the porch, had my son sit, smile, click. It was too cold to do more.
- Taken in a downtown park. I was getting annoyed …… see another theme?….because there was an old jogger dude that kept shuffling back and forth behind us. I have more photos with that guy in the background……
So my tips are simple. Very simple
- avoid getting annoyed. Even if you want things your way.
- plan ahead
- use a prop
- don’t use flash
- Don’t get annoyed
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