Tips for Family Photos and Holiday Cards

Holiday Cards


I believe Holiday Cards are still sacred. I usually send some to our family far away, so photo cards are my number one choice because it helps to show my cousins and relatives how much my girls have grown over the past year! It’s also SO personal.

My favourite family card we’ve ever sent is this one:

2014 card

I had designed and printed it on heavy high-quality stock at Minted and they even do beautiful back-side custom messages (even with additional images). I adore Minted designs and using them again this year.

Here are my tips for a successful family portrait session:

1. Select Your Outfits A Week Before

Rushing through everyone’s closets too quickly and leaving your own until the morning of the session is a mistake. Take the time to decide what your family will wear several days in advance. This also gives you enough time to run to the mall for a matching top or missing piece. I don’t recommend buying matchy-matchy outfits or white shirts with denim (too 80’s), just coordinate your looks appropriately. Don’t forget about footwear!

2. Give Yourself Enough Time to Get Ready

Schedule out your morning beforehand to make sure everyone has eaten well before it’s time to dress and prep hair-dos. Do yourself last so you can relax through the process – having made sure you’ve given yourself ample time as well.

3. Go With The Flow

Set your expectations low. Your child may cry or not listen when the photographer says ‘smile’ but she’ll come around if you relax. Your photographer will have experience with children and be able to work around these situations.

Holiday Cards

Holiday Cards

4. Bring The Goods

If you’re outdoors, don’t forget to bring warm clothing or sweaters for in between sets (or work them into your theme). Bring water, warm drinks if possible and take breaks.

5. Have Fun

Let the photographer take the lead and direct you in her vision. Trust that she’ll capture your family in the best way possible – after all – you chose her for her photography style and skills.


Enjoy Picking your Cards and Happy Holidays,


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