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Tips for Creating the Perfect Photo Christmas Cards

Updated on January 2, 2013
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

With little kids during the holiday season, sending out cards to friends and family has becomes a priority for many.

Back, when my husband and I first got married we started receiving cards from friends and family our very first Christmas. At this point, we didn’t have kids, but we did decide to have a card personalized at least with our names, so that I didn’t have to handwrite our cards out. Then I started to see photo cards and loved them, but not having kids I wasn’t sure if we could do one. I mean who wanted to see a picture of two grown adults on a card?

Finally, we had our first born and that year we did our first Christmas Photo Card. If you are new to this process, I will share here some tips on getting your own Holiday Photo Card done.

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1. Buying Outfits for the Actual Photo Shoot:

For little kids, it is all about how cute they are. The outfits truly do make the picture. This year my girls wore adorable plaid checkered holiday skirts and matching tops from The Children’s Place. This store is truly my favorite for kids clothes and I even wrote a whole hub pages article in the past about this. I made sure also to have new tights for them and new silver “sparkly shoes” (as my daughter Emma refers to them).

Since, I have two girls I also had to do their hair and made sure to have matching headbands for the outfits I had purchased. Believe it or not, I bought these two outfits with the matching accessories and paid under $20 with all my coupons and discounts at The Children’s Place. What it boils down to is shopping wisely and knowing the right stores for this.

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2. Make An Appointment Online:

Most photo studios have the option of making your appointment online and have done this for each of the places, I have used in the past and present, too.

My oldest is three years old now and as I stated we have used a few different studios to have our pictures taken each year. We frequented JC Penny's, The Picture Place and now Target. I will tell you at both JC Penny’s and the Picture Place our wait time was ridiculous even having made appointments in advance.

We actually used JC Penny’s, for Emma’s (our older daughter’s) first Christmas and even though we had an appointment for over a month, we still had to wait over an hour to just have our pictures taken. Anyone who has kids, especially infants knows that trying to keep a little one entertained for that long is near impossible.

This past year, we used Target and the wait time for an appointment that I had to actually change last minute was less than five minutes. I was highly impressed and the photographer was awesome with my girls. In my opinion, I not only recommend an appointment though, but doing a bit of research into local establishments and going with a place that comes with good referrals by word of mouth.

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3. The Actual Appointment:

The Day of the appointment make sure to arrive promptly on time, because you will need to sign in and pick out a photo background. Also, it just happens to be courteous. I have small kids, so believe me I understand about running late at times, but just try your best.

As for the actual pictures, if the photographer is a professional, they should be able to set up the pictures and know what shots they can try. I go with their expertise for the most part, but if you do feel something isn’t working, do try to be constructive in your input. Last year, Lily (my younger daughter) wouldn’t smile. The photographer was trying everything in her bag of tricks and still nothing. I gently asked if I could try peek-a-boo with her. The photographer let me and we got smiles and then some.

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4. Picking Out the Photos:

After, the photo shoot is over, you will be asked to sit at the computer with someone that works in the studio. Make sure to get your money’s worth and let them go through all the possibilities. Trust me, you won’t be sorry going through all the pictures carefully and even have them create as much as possible.

For us, we always like the Photo CD, so we can own our pictures in essence and edit if need be. For instance, this year my girls were playing the night before and one thing led to another and my younger daughter got a mark on her cheek from my older daughter. You have to love sibling fights. Anyway, she had a bruise on her face and since I ordered the CD, I was able to go into Photoshop and edit the mark off her face and out of the picture before putting together our card.

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Card was created by Kreations by Kristy (www.facebook.com/kreationsbykristy).
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5. Making Your Card

As long as you do have the Photo CD, you will be able to now create your own photo holiday card having many designs to choose from instead of having to pick from only a few designs that the studio offers.

There are many online photo print places to help you create your card including Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Snapfish, and Vistaprint. I will share this again that pricing is everything here and most of these places offer coupons. So, if you google search coupon codes for these place, you should find a few, plus many have the codes right on their homepage, too.

This year we went with Shutterfly to print this one out, because I priced all the others, but they truly had the best price for the actual card printing with shipping included. I was also lucky enough to win the card design this past year from Kreations by Kristy (www.facebook.com/kreationsbykristy). Seriously check her out, because her designs are truly amazing and awesome.

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Summing It Up:

In the end, I feel with many things including making your own photo cards, it pays to be educated and shop around for the best price and places that come highly recommended, as well. I have truly learned quite a bit on this topic with this being my 4th Christmas (technically) having to create our family Christmas card and just tried to pass along what I have indeed found out from my past and present experiences on this. Hope that you all have a wonderful and blessed holiday season. And may you have the best one yet.

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About the Author:

Janine is a freelance writer and mom of two. She is known for being a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls right now. Life can totally get hectic and has learned to perfect and improvise all day and night too, because of this. You can checkout her profile and more of her family related articles here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All good information, Janine! I remember those days well.

      Not sure how much I'll be online over the next two days, so I'll say Merry Christmas now. Thank you for your loyalty and your friendship!

      bill

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      I love photo cards. Great tips and ideas on making a photo card. Voted up.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the tips. happy holidays

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Happy holidays and thanks for the great photo tips, Janine!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great photo ideas here. And your photos are great. You have a wonderful holiday season.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Bill and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!!! I also value your friendship and loyalty so very much!!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much for saying that and for the votes, too!! Just so happy to share and help, Vellur!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      My pleasure Mhatter99 and Happy Holidays to you, too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Again my total pleasure and a very, Merry Christmas to you again, Michelle!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you so very much Carol and hope you to are having a wonderful holiday season, too!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Pinned...what great ideas. This was the first year we did a card like this and I used a picture from the summer of our daughter and the dog. It was a little grainy and I think that next year I will work on a better photo.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Glimmer Twin Fan for pinning this and so glad to help out. I know I posted late in the game, but was so very hoping this one could help in the future, too :) I know what you mean about the clarity of photos though and have been there with that too in the past.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I remember the blog post about this, haha. I'm so glad you shared this because it sounds fun doing the photo-editing stuff after the fact. My specialty. :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      As always Janine ;a wonderful hub;perfectly presented and so useful.

      Here's to a vote across and up plus a share all around.

      I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and are looking forward to your New year.

      Lots of love

      eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Cyndi and compared to you though on the editing I am amateur and bow to you on this one. But I was truly happy to share this one and just give a bit of insight on how to create family holiday photo cards!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much Eddy for saying that. I hope you too had a wonderful Christmas and hoping that you have an even more wonderful New Year!!! Sending love right back to you!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Not only are your ideas sound and useful, your photos are gorgeous! You certainly show you know what you're talking about....loved the cards. The girls are adorable, with or without Photoshop!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so very much Mary. I loved sharing these pictures, because I can't help, but just love my little girls and this article was for me a no brainer to share, because I truly have gone through a ton each year during these photo sessions. Just hope this article helped or will help others in the future having professional photos taken to use on a card. Thank you seriously for your kindness and votes, too!!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i really love your kids Janine. They are really cute and so adorable.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Myz and hope you are having a very, Happy New Year!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It is now New Year's but I can see how this could be used for other occasions as well. Your ideas are very creative and very practical. Your photo card is very nice and your children lovely. Useful, voted up and pinned.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Dianna and do hope others could use this for birthdays, christenings, communions and so forth. Same concepts, but just different occasions!!

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      Kristy 4 years ago

      I would love to receive credit here for creating this Christmas card for you! This card was created by Kreations by Kristy (www.facebook.com/kreationsbykristy)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Kristy, I just added your info now and sorry, when I put this together I seriously just forgot to add a link back to you. Thanks again for everything!!

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      Kristy 4 years ago

      Thank you, Janine!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      You are so welcome and so sorry about that again!!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness your Christmas card was so cute!! ^_^ Your girls are just dolls! Love all the great advice. Voting a whole bunch!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Sasha and so happy to see you. Have missed you a bunch and hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year, too!!!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Aw thanks Janine ^_^ Missed you too! My holidays went well, I trust yours did too?

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I did, but crazy times. Just happy that things are quieting down!! :) :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I absolutely love your photos, they are gorgeous! lol! wish I had thought of this at Christmas but of course they can be used for birthdays and other special occasions too, wonderful!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Nell and you can definitely make cards for just about any occasion. If you are interested definitely take a look!!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome photos, thanks for sharing

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so very much and my pleasure!!

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      Jane Holmes 4 years ago

      Great hub!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so very much Jane!! :)

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      What an adorable card Janine, Emma and Lily are so so cute. I love the design of the card it is so elegant. This is a great step-by-step hub on the subject and the photos just make the presentation Ace. thanks for sharing- up/awesome.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks so much Docmo and my pleasure sharing this here with you!! :)

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