Summer Photo Ideas for the Happiest of Holiday Cards

We’ve all gotten them in the mail. The Christmas cards with the wonderfully sunny photos that make us think of warm breezes and summer vacations. Why not be that family this year?

All you have to do is remember to take a few photos while on your summer vacation. No pre-planning or pressure involved, unless of course you can’t resist a few props or wardrobe ideas. But the idea is to show off your spontaneous fun-loving side, and let friends and family know you didn’t sit on the couch all year. Here’s proof!Summer photo ideas that make great photos from Christmas cards! #summer #peartreegreetingsSummer photo ideas that make great photos from Christmas cards! #summer #peartreegreetings Continue reading

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When it comes to unique Christmas card ideas, we love the way our Christmas Package Tied With Twine Christmas Cards are tied up like a gift, which makes them so fun to open. Eryn, who created this card for her family of four, agrees.

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How to Pick Out Clothing for Your Christmas Photos

Picking out clothes for a family photo is always stressful. For ten years and over a dozen photo shoots, my goal has been perfection—the perfect combination, the perfect colors, that will come together in one perfect photograph that I can put on a card or hang on a wall.

Here are a few tips that I hope will help you save time when pulling together your family photo ideas, so you can achieve your own version of ‘perfect’ without all the stress.

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This year I wanted a muted, natural palette that didn’t distract from our outdoor location. I am collecting family photo ideas all year long, and as a mother of four I’m also shopping for kids’ clothing all year long. The trick is having a place to keep all my ideas, so I’m not struggling to find them later, when I actually need them.

Create inspiration boards. This allows me to add things, try different color palettes and move things around to establish my final look. Here is a peek at my Holiday Clothes 2013 inspiration board on Pinterest.
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Photography Tips from Photographers

Getting ready to take family photos can be a daunting task filled with questions. (What should we wear? Where should we go? How do we get a photo that doesn’t look forced?) We asked a couple of our favorite photographers for some photography tips that might help you feel better prepared for your upcoming photo session.

Tips from Christy Bode Photography & Sarah Halstead Photography:

1. Find someone who shares your style.
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When choosing a photographer, make sure you like their style and their quality of work by reviewing their website, blog and Facebook page. If you only ‘sort of like’ their photos, or ‘sort of like’ their style, definitely keep searching! You want to love your images and finding a photographer with a style you love is the first step. ~Christy

2. Plan what to wear.
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This is the most common question I get from families. My advice is to definitely plan your outfits ahead of time. Doing this will help you love your photos even more. With that said, it doesn’t need to be stressful, and don’t be afraid to ask your photographer for help or ideas. I typically recommend dressing the girls first, then go to the boys. If you have all boys like I do, that means starting with yourself. ~Christy

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It is best to color coordinate versus matching. For example, if everyone is wearing the same solid color colored shirt, it may end up looking more like a uniform. Family photos are fun-everyone should get to show their personality! I recommend choosing an outfit scheme of 3-4 colors. Textures and layers show up nicely in photos. Always avoid logos. Timeless looks are the best vs. a current trend. Simple attire with solid colors or small patterns is key! ~Sarah

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4 Steps to Christmas-Card-Worthy Family Photos

Now that Fall is upon us and family photo sessions are being booked for this year’s Christmas cards, we have pulled together some of our most helpful suggestions for each step along the way. Yes, you can get Christmas-card-worthy photos done while enjoying every moment!

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Step 1. Clothing options.
If you are going to get professional photos taken, you’ll want to start thinking about what to wear for your family photo. Do you want the family to be wearing light colors, or are brights more your style? Will you need to take a colorful background into consideration, or will your clothing add color to the photo? If you need some ideas and inspiration for your family photo ideas, be sure to read our blog post, What to Wear for your Family Photos, and check out our Christmas photo ideas Pinterest board to get you started.

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Step 2. Book your photographer and talk to them about your style.
Once you know you want professional photos taken and have started thinking about your clothing options, start scouting out local photographers. You’ll want to look at their website and see if the photos they have taken match your style. Once you have chosen a photographer, set up a session and send them your favorite family photo ideas. Are you going to use props? Is it going to be on a beach, or in the woods, or maybe you want to do it in the snow? Local photographers can offer suggestions for locations in the area.
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