These days you don’t have to be a professional photographer to follow the latest photo trends. We all now have the ability to create special effects and filter colors and light with a simple click in our photo editing software—no messing with lenses, filters or film.
These three very different looking photo Christmas cards were created using Pear Tree Greetings’ easy-to-use Personalization tool. After choosing a card and uploading our color photo, we clicked on the photo filter tab and tried two different filters on it, saving each card to see which one we liked best. The first is the original photo; the second was made using the black & white, plus contrast filters; and the third using our vibrance filter.
We know that planning a Christmas party can be stressful, but we have some helpful tips from SheKnows.com on how to ease your mind.
1. Send your Christmas party invitations out early, at least a month in advance. The holidays get busy and it’s better to have your party on everyone’s calendar as soon as you start the planning.
2. Create a budget. Nobody likes a surprise when checking out at the grocery store. A little planning will go a long way.
3. If you are preparing the food, create a menu and timeline for when you need to shop, prepare and cook everything so you can be 100% ready. Prepare as much as you can in the days leading up to the party.
Your family isn’t like everyone else’s, and your Christmas card shouldn’t be either. The way we look at it, Christmas cards are a once-a-year opportunity to share a bit of your family’s personality—along with your holiday greetings and good wishes, of course. Creating a card that is unique to your family is all part of the magic. Continue reading
Real cards created by real people like you!
A Christmas letter doesn’t have to be boring, and this Featured Favorite is a great example. April, Ava, and Nico wanted to share pictures from their trip and were looking for creative Christmas card ideas that would hold lots of photos and room for their story.
April, says, “We had been planning this trip of a lifetime for over a year. I knew that I would be using the photos from this trip for our family Christmas card. Last year I received a card that really stood out. I made sure to set it aside as I knew I wanted to use the same company, Pear Tree Greetings, for my 2012 card.”
Getting ready to take the annual family photo for your Christmas cards, New Year’s cards or Thanksgiving cards? We see a lot of family photos, and wonder how our customers manage to take such great ones. To make your photo session easier, we’ve compiled our top 10 family photo tips, especially for those who have lots of family members to organize or little kids to corral.
10. Choose your time carefully
Make sure the kids are fed and rested. We all know what happens when we skip nap time, and even adults get cranky when they’re hungry.
9. Bring toys or treats
Don’t be caught empty handed. You’ll need to take quick action if you have to turn that frown upside down or want to reward good behavior.
8. Set a rain date
If you’re shooting outside, or are hiring a professional photographer, be sure to set a rain date in case someone gets sick or the weather isn’t perfect.