Top 10 Family Photo Tips

Family PhotoGetting 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.

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Family Christmas Photo Ideas – What to Wear for the Family Photo

It’s time to start collecting family Christmas photo ideas if you haven’t already taken that perfect photo. For us, one of the most important (and difficult!) decisions when planning your family photo is deciding what to wear. But it’s worth the effort. Coming up with some sort of theme, even a simple color palette, can turn an ordinary family photo into a portrait worth hanging on your wall—not to mention a beautiful Christmas card!

If you’re having your photos taken by a professional photographer, be sure to ask them for clothing ideas that will work best in the location you’ve chosen. He or she is certain to have a few ideas. To give you some examples, we’ve gathered a few family Christmas photo ideas that we love, focusing on the clothing choices and how they affect the photo.

Light colors
When the whole family is wearing light colors, it focuses attention on the darker colors in the photo, such as facial features, hair color, or the beautiful scenery in the background. We like a mix of light colors, which looks more natural than everyone wearing the same color.
Light Colors
Light colors
Top photo by: Christy Bode Photography
Left photo by: Ashlee Raubach; Right photo by: Ashlee Raubach

Dark colors
The dark colors this family is wearing make them stand out against the lighter sky and field. The dark blue color solidly grounds them and gives them the appearance of a tight unit, which is a nice subliminal message for a family photo.
Dark colors
Photo by: NikkiJamesPhotography.com

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Back to School Photo Contest

Happy Back to School Week! It’s a time of mixed emotions for kids and parents, as summer draws to a close and the excitement of a new school year begins. We hope you’ll be capturing this special moment by taking plenty of photos, because we’re having a photo contest!Back to school photo ideas

Submit a photo of your child, taken on their first day of school, fall 2012, and send it to contests@peartreegreetings.com along with your first name, your child’s first name, and the grade they are entering. We will be posting each photo on our blog so friends and family can see the photo!

We will draw three winners at random to receive $100 towards www.peartreegreetings.com. Just in time for Halloween photo cards, Christmas cards or teacher gifts! This back to school contest ends Monday, September 24th.

Image by: Tracy Enoch Photography

First Day of School Photo Op

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Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the photo so many times, but I remember my first day of kindergarten with perfect clarity. I was terrified, and it showed in my face. Thanks, Mom.

There are certain landmark days in a child’s life that Mom somehow just knows to capture in a photo. And the first day of school is one of those photo ops you just don’t want to miss.

There is the requisite bus-stop photo, of course, but planning ahead and adding a few props can take your photos from run-of-the-mill to photo-card-worthy. Here are a few first day of school photo ideas that you and your kids will treasure for years to come.
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Images by: Shine Photography by Karen, Banana Pancakes Blog, Sugar Bee Crafts

We’d love to see your first day of school photo ideas, if you have a photo you’d like to share. And for more fun kids ideas keep reading our blog. Shop our holiday photo cards collection for ways to make it keep-worthy.

Planning a summer vacation? Think Christmas photo ideas!

Whatever you do, the experienced moms at Pear Tree say, don’t forget to bring the camera along on your summer vacation. Not just for the memories, but because those vacation photos may just be the best family photos you get all year. And come November, when you’re looking back over the year’s highlights for something to include in the annual Christmas photo card, you’ll be awfully glad you have them.Christmas in July photos

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