Here are some ideas for Christmas card photos...
1. Matching outfits!
I took the above photo of my girls in their matching Christmas jumpers and I think it is lovely that they match, and that they are also wearing festive things too. It makes them slightly more special than normal photos, and also gives some uniformity to the photos as well. Of course if the whole family are in the photo then it may be hard to get you all too match- matching colours, tones and shades work well. If you aren't completely matching then it is best to keep away from patterns as they can distract from the photo. In the below photo of my girls we matched colours and it still works well.
Christmassy props are great for Christmas card photos because firstly they obviously make it look festive, and secondly they can be a great way of distracting children for the photos. Some ideas could be tinsel, hats or even toy reindeers!
3. Twinkly Lights.
4. Blur the background.
We will go into this in lots more detail in subsequent posts, but Christmas lights look lovely when they are all blurry. If you have a phone or compact camera then it might automatically do it for you, but in order to get true bokeh (blur) you need to have a DSLR. You then want the lowest aperture your lens will go down too (on most kit lenses this is f3.5) We will talk about this lots more but Christmas lights look better when they are blurry.
Nice and Blurry. Fact! Grumpy baby optional.
5. You are never too young to dress up!
This little dude is my six week old nephew. It was a spur of the moment photo and we used the sofa cushion for him to lie on. My step sister had the hat, and we used a scarf off a hot water bottle of all random things. It turns out she loved the photo- proving you are never too young to dress up for a Christmas Card photo!
6. Get you all in the photo!
Stick your camera on a hard surface or a tripod and get in the photo yourself. It is lovely to capture your whole family. And get outside as well, wrap up warm and take photos outdoors. If you can bribe your husband to wear silly hats then even better.
7. Above all have fun!
You want to have fun most of all so you can look back and laugh at the photos you took. Take lots and lots of photos, and remember that if your children are anything like mine, you definitely won't always get the perfect shot. And never discount the 'imperfect' ones- they are often the ones that will turn out to be your favourites!