Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about holiday pictures again this year?? When I make my holiday cards, I try to keep a couple of things in mind: they must be able to accommodate a lot of pictures and that they’re non-denominational. Since we send our cards to family and friends who may not share our faith, we try to find something that’s not specific to Christmas. One way to work around this is to send Thanksgiving cards or “Happy New Year” cards since most people will celebrate one of those holidays.
Many of the different photo finishing places like Walmart, Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, Walgreens or your local store or photographer have a decent selection of photo cards for you to upload your pictures and order your cards. Some sites will even mail them for you if you upload the addresses! It doesn’t get much easier than that. Be sure to keep an eye on your preferred location and sign up for emails so you get alerted if there’s a sale. The closer the holidays get, the more likely you are to find some kind of sale. Another thing to keep in mind is to check out Ebates.com (disclosure: this is a referral link) when you’re ordering your cards. If your preferred store belongs to Ebates, you’ll receive a percentage of your total order as cash back in a “big fat check” which is always nice. I’ve personally received several of those checks so I can vouch for it 100%.
Friday night we spent a couple of hours running around town trying to find the “perfect” outfits for everyone. We’re using a photographer who’s new to our family this time and she suggested that we do something not “matchy matchy” and use some patterns or color. While I thought this was a great idea, my lack of fashion knowledge and taking that leap outside my comfort zone proved to be a challenge for me. Our backdrop for pictures will be a local farm so I’d picked up some cute little boots from Target for the baby to wear thinking I’d find something cute to go with them (needless to say she’s got adorable dresses now that would match….). This was a bad idea. During our shopping adventure, I found a cute dress for her but it won’t work with the boots (or any other shoes she has honestly) so I’m on the hunt for another pair of shoes this week… I was able to find something for my oldest son at Gymboree and my little bug had something already that I think will work just fine. Hubby and I had some things we’re going to try and make work so I think the hardest part is over.
Our photographer has been fantastic so far – answering my countless emails and questions and even meeting with us to make sure we were both on the same page and so that the kiddos could meet her before the big day so they’d be familiar with her. I know the pictures will be amazing and something very different for us regardless of the outfit choices. When I see the pictures I’m sure it won’t look nearly as bad as I think it looks when I lay everything out on my living room floor. Since I’m a Pinterest addict, I’ve got a board dedicated to picture ideas that I also sent over to our photographer. When we met, I also pulled some pictures I loved as well as some I wasn’t so happy with so I really feel like everything’s going to go well.
In addition to our pictures this week, we’ll also include some more holiday themed pictures in our cards as well. When we’re at Disney for Thanksgiving, we’re going to see Santa and Mrs. Claus so I’m sure they’ll be part of our card again this year. Some kind of Disney picture always makes it on our cards since we spend so much of our time there throughout the year.
Do you have your holiday pictures scheduled? Are you the photographer or do you let someone else handle that?