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!
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.
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.
“Where’d you get those Christmas cards?” It’s the question we all love to hear after choosing, creating and sending our Christmas cards each year. And the answer (for us, at least!) is always Pear Tree. The cards that everyone loves the most are usually part of our Golden Pears collection, an honor reserved for our most amazing, most unique Christmas cards.
These unique Christmas card ideas may have special interactive features like our new spinner cards, or picture frame cards. They may have multiple pages like our photo book cards, or unusual shapes like our ornament cards. And any card with a ribbon is automatically given the Golden Pear mark of awesomeness! Here are some of our new Golden Pears.
Ribbon Booklet Cards
Give friends and family a package all tied up with love. A ribbon threads through these unique Christmas cards, and is tied with a bow for loved ones to open. These holiday photo cards deliver a one-of-a-kind look, so if you’re looking to stand out this season, this card was made for you!
Our stamped foil Christmas cards add an element of glitz and shine to your holiday cards. Our designs use the classic foil style with a modern touch. Now, you have the choice of four different foil options on each of our real foil Christmas cards: gold, silver, red or glitter gold! Stunning.
A spinning wheel rotates inside these unique Christmas cards when you flick the edge, and either four of your favorite photos appear through the cut-out on the front or your favorite holiday message spins around. Your friends and family will love getting interactive with these Christmas cards!
We’ve chosen some of our favorite new Christmas cards to illustrate how clothing choices and the use of photo filters in your Christmas card photos can dramatically change the way your cards look. (Of course, starting with one of our awesome Christmas card designs doesn’t hurt!)
If you already have your card picked out, be sure to show it to your photographer because, aside from letting him or her know the style of photo you like, it can inspire location, posing, propping or lighting ideas. Knowing whether you may want to try black and white or a photo filter is important, too. Here are some Christmas card photo ideas from our new collection we wanted to share.
Make your colors count
The red sweater, green pants and scarf on the little boy in our Merry Merry Picture Frame Christmas Cards absolutely make the photo, especially with the white snow, dog, and relatively colorless background to make the colors really pop. Similarly, the bright colors of the shirts on the kids in our Twinkle Lights Photo Book Christmas Cards match the card’s bright color palette. If you want a bright card, wearing bright clothes is one way to achieve that!
Let your card wear the colors
Another way to emphasize bright colors is use black and white photos, and frame them in a colorful card to let the holiday message stand out. To make sure your photo looks great in black and white, wear darker colors than your skin tone so faces are highlighted. And if you are starting with a color photo and adding a black and white filter, try adding the contrast & sharpen filters or the vibrance filter to intensify the lights and darks in the photo. Four examples shown, clockwise from top left: Joy Full, Sparkly Wishes, Vintage Treescape Circle and Tall Tale Christmas Cards.
We are excited to announce our new 2013 Christmas card collection! These Christmas card ideas are full of new shapes, trends and a lot more ways for you to send your holiday wishes. Here’s a peek into the new collection, but be sure to visit our Christmas cards to see all the cheery designs.
Lovin’ our new Christmas card ideas? We thought you might… Shop our new Christmas cards and holiday photo cards today!
Remember when I shared with you my most favorite things from February in my Love it! post? I wanted to update you to show how these things I love at the time can inspire a new collection. Two things from that post made it into this year’s holiday collection! That’s right, we have designs featuring ampersands and shimmer! Here are a few sneak peeks at those new Christmas cards.
Love the clean look & fun design of an ampersand.