Friday, October 18, 2013

Prepping For Our Christmas Card

I know what you're thinking... WTF? Christmas? It isn't even Halloween yet! I know... it seems crazy. But it isn't. The time to shoot your Christmas card photo is now! Especially if you live up north & you want to take it outside. We're having ours shot over the weekend & I've been working diligently to put together the perfect photo... 

Decide on the Location

We are opting to have ours done outside, along the white picket fence of our new home. We wanted to feature our new house, but it obviously isn't decorated for Christmas yet! Thus, we picked a neutral background, that I can easily add decorations to. I have the garland pulled out & will be stringing it along the fence. I also pulled out my wreaths & will be incorporating them as well. 

Last year, we waited too long & had to take our photo inside. At the time, we were living in our rental & the decor was less than appealing. Plus, we didn't have a tree or a mantle. So... we crashed my BFF's house & pretended to live there. It turned out adorable, but I would've been in a pickle if I didn't have a generous friend with a beautiful house. 

no planning whatsoever = slightly boring Christmas card photo
Decide on a Color Scheme

You're probably thinking, red & green - duh? But there are so many more options! I was torn between classic red, white, and black or metallics this year. The final decision was made once I found the perfect dress for Ella to wear! Which brings me to... 

Select Outfits 

You don't have to be too matchy, matchy - but try to coordinate with one another. Decide if you're going casual or dressy. Last year, we wore jeans with sweaters for the photos. 

This year, we're dressing up a bit more. I'll be in a sleeved maxi, Eric is wearing a shirt & tie, and Ella is wearing a dress. It looks like a lot of red in the collage, but Eric will mainly be in black & white to break it up.  

Choose Your Card Design 


This is important to look at ahead of time because if you fall in love with a card design, you need to make sure you choose the appropriate orientation. You also need to know if you're looking for one amazing shot or multiple amazing shots. Shutterfly, Tiny Prints, and Etsy are my favorite places to browse for custom Christmas cards. 

Browse for Posing Inspiration  


Last, figure out how you want to pose! Do you need props? If so, purchase them/find them ahead of time and have them ready to go. The easiest way to find posing inspiration is to search Pinterest for Christmas Card Photos.

Get Planning & Good Luck! I'll be sharing ours before you know it! 


  1. Too early?!? Are you kidding me! I almost had a heart attack when I realized that there are only 9 Friday's (AKA 9 Paychecks) left until Christmas!

  2. Definitely not too early! We almost always grab our Christmas card shot either on summer vacation or while apple picking (which my wife loves so we do on her Sept 30th birthday) ... and grabbed some this year as well.

    Since we sent our older son to Europe for July we don't really have a good family summer shot ... so our choice might already be made!

  3. I can't wait to see the final product! YAY Christmas!

  4. I love the first photo so much! This year we won't really be doing a "Christmas Card" since Annabelle is due on December 12. I am thinking our card might come a little late... and could just have our sweet pea on it instead of us too!