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Tips for Creating the Perfect Photo Christmas Cards
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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- Shopping for Children's Clothing--The 5 Best Stores
This hub article is about shopping for children's clothes and the best places to indeed shop for the best prices and quality too. Included are reviews of The Children's Place, Old Navy, Target, Kohl's, and Babies R Us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For More About How I Created Our Holiday Card This Year:
- Our 2012 Christmas Card, A Contest and So Much More... - Janine's Confessions of a Mommyaholic
Today, though I finally got our Christmas Card done and printed (one less thing I need to do). For those, who don’t remember, I was so very fortunate to have won a custom designed Christmas Card from a contest being run on my friend Meredith’s blog T
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.
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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