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We recently took family photos to use for our holiday cards this year. It has been three years since we last took family photos and I’m so happy we did it because they will be such great memories to look back on year after year. Coordinating schedules and outfits, and also getting young kids to cooperate isn’t the easiest of tasks so I thought I’d share some tips for your family holiday cards!
Choosing outfits for the whole family is a lot of work, but it can also be a fun challenge. I recommend choosing a color palette you like and looking at your favorite retailers to see which outfits compliment one another. You can create a simple Pinterest board or if you know how to use Canva or photoshop, you can even create a collage. This will give you a visual to help see what works and what doesn’t. If that’s not your thing, you can reference this blog post with full product details and inspiration on what we wore this year. I think the most important thing to remember here is coordinate but don’t match. It’ll make shopping a heck of a lot easier!
As crazy and stressful as these can be just remember it’s SO worth it in the end. We take a lot of family photos so my kids have practice but if yours don’t, remember three things. 1) Give them a good meal or hearty snack beforehand. HANGRY doesn’t look good. 2) Have low expectations. Candid photos are my favorite so try and just have fun as a family together and let the photographer capture the moments. 3) Magic hour (or golden hour) is THE best time to take photos. It’s the window of daylight shortly after sunrise or right before sunset. It’ll give you that glow because the sun is low.
Oh, and maybe one last thing. BRIBERY. Take it out, use it, love it.
Printing & Sending Your Holiday Cards
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Once we got our photos back from the photographer, I was able to quickly upload them to the site and start the design process. Anytime I had an issue or question I was able to resolve it in no time with their CARE customer service team. I chose the JOY theme (have to!) and they came out great! I also ordered these adorable custom mugs. These will make great gifts for grandparents this holiday season.
The Vistaprint team makes the entire process a breeze and they offer an absolute guarantee on all orders so no need to worry or stress.
It’s not too late for you to get the perfect holiday cards out to family and friends. Vistaprint offers 3 shipping options including a 3 day express. Right now they are generously offering all of my readers up to 50% off holiday cards and wall calendars from now until 12/31 with code JOYHOLIDAY. That is such a great discount for the variety of stocks and finishes you can choose from and the amazing support you will get from them throughout the entire process.