Family Photo Ideas You’ll Love!

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

Family photo ideas!Yep, it’s that time of year…time to get the holiday card ready. Here are some family photo ideas that will make the process a little easier.

1.  Cards…yes or no?

Call me old fashioned but I like a real card that you send in the mail versus an e-card. Who doesn’t love to get mail and a real card can be hung on the fridge, mantle or wreath and then saved for future years.

2.  Search online to see your card options first.

Knowing how many spots you need to fill will help you decide what photos you need. Do you want one big photo, or a number of smaller ones where each family member can shine? It can be a lot easier to get individual photos that capture each child’s personality than finding one where everyone looks super all together. Consider a mix in a multi-frame [easyazon-link asin=”B000KNKXRC” locale=”us”]photo card[/easyazon-link] such as you will find on lots of websites.

3.  Decide if you are going to use existing photos or stage a family photo specifically for the card.

Some years I go back through the photos I have already taken to find ones that encapsulate the year and make it much easier than creating another photo. You might consider vacation photos, summer fun photos or photos of each child participating in an activity they love, whether playing sports or an instrument.

One year I included a photo of each of my kids on their birthday, holding up the number of fingers they were. It made for a great card since those birthday photos sometimes are the best ones you get all year.

4.  Take a seasonal photo.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B00GND08VE” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51K5oucWmTL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Some people feel strongly that a holiday card should have a holiday feel. Take advantage of an early snow to get everyone out there, or even stage a card by pulling out the [easyazon-link asin=”B001E0D8ZY” locale=”us”]stocking[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B002Q2VWW0″ locale=”us”]menorah[/easyazon-link] or other seasonal props in advance. Dress your kids in holiday colors and no one has to know you took it in the fall.

5.  Or, send a fall photo.

Sometimes those are the best colors you’ll see all year. If you’re really on the ball, order Thanksgiving cards and send them in November, letting your recipients know how thankful you are to have them in your life.

6.  Put the parents in, too.

C’mon mom! Cards shouldn’t be just about the kids! Make sure that you get in there, too. After all, lots of our friends see our kids on social media or via email multiple times per year, but see less of us.

7.  Don’t forget your pets.

Pets are such an important part of your family it can be fun to include them on the card, too!

8.  Order early.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B00DEHRF0E” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41rowBHcFGL._SL160_.jpg” width=”115″]Even if you’re not sending a [easyazon-link asin=”B00DEHRF0E” locale=”us”]Thanksgiving card[/easyazon-link], ordering your cards early can save you a ton of money and aggravation. Money- because many of the online photo companies offer discounts the earlier you order. And aggravation because who wants to feel frantic addressing and mailing cards as the season closes in? The earlier you order, the longer you can take finishing them.

9.  Or, order late.

Too busy during the holidays? Send [easyazon-link asin=”B001GMA6VO” locale=”us”]New Year’s[/easyazon-link] or even [easyazon-link asin=”B000K88X10″ locale=”us”]Valentines cards[/easyazon-link].

10.  Enjoy the process!

As much as it can seem like work to send out the cards, remember how much you enjoy receiving them! As I address my cards, I think of that person I am sending it too for a minute and revel in all the joy my many friends bring to my life.

What about you? What family photo ideas have you seen that made great cards…or that might qualify for “awkward family photos?”

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