This post is sponsored by Global Influence. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #HolidayCardThemes
With November just starting, it was wake up call that the holidays are right around the corner. Every year, I vow to start a bit earlier but I usually end up scrambling. One task that I like to get done and out of the way is our holiday cards. Aside from the two years that we hired a pro to photograph us, I’ve always struggled to capture my VERY active children. If one is looking at the camera, the others are not. If two are happy, one is crying.
This was one holiday photo we used for our card. Everyone is (sort of) looking at the camera and there were no tears. I call that a success!
This year, my kids are all pretty active, not like this photo where two were still not able to walk. I’ve come up with 10 tips for capturing a great holiday card!
10 Tips for #HolidayCardThemes
1. Pull From Another Time of Year
You can use a photo from a family vacation or another special time. It does not need to be picture from the immediate present. I love this tie into candy canes – adorable and unexpected.
2. Let Kids Be Kids
Sometimes that posed shot just isn’t going to happen. Let kids be kids and do what they do. The cutest pictures often come out of letting them do their thing and it shows their personalities!
3. From Above
Want a family photo, but the little ones are not cooperating – try to photograph everyone laying down and looking up at the photographer.
4. Use Props
Everyone knows if you use a prop or silly item, kids are going to give it attention. Try a cookie jar, big glasses, a hat, a wrapped present – the possibilities are endless.
5. Let It Go
Sure, we don’t want to see them cry, but this cute idea is just realistic of life with a toddler!
Sometimes, letting your toddler gaze at someone or something else that he/she is far more easier than getting them to “look at the camera…look right here!” while snapping your fingers. This side profile picture is beautiful and a great way to capture the child’s picture without the struggle.
7. Let Them Play
Pillow fight, dancing, crazy kid-antics – anything goes. Your kids will have fun and you’ll get a fun shot. Be sure you have a fast enough lens for this one!
8. After Thought
Who says you have to go traditional and even have your subject facing you. Sure, everyone wants to see your little one’s faces – but these are really cute ideas for how to photograph a child who isn’t even facing the camera.
Whatever photograph you choose for your holiday cards, make it your own – and let your family shine through.
This post was inspired by Paper Culture who offer modern Christmas Cards and Holiday Cards.