Every year, I am eternally optimistic that I take a fantastic shot of all 5 kids for our Christmas card. Some years, I succeed. Some years, I don’t.
While I have 5 kids to cajole and encourage for a group shot, getting one or two kids to cooperate for that all important Christmas card photo can be just as frustrating. Some kids love the camera. Some never want their picture taken. Some go through phases of not wanting to cooperate for a period of time, maybe a year or two. Some are so self-conscious that you want to create a National Lampoon Christmas Card instead of one for the grandparents to display proudly on their fridge.
If you’re following the #100daystoChristmas Challenge organized by ListPlanIt, this week’s challenge focuses on the Christmas Card. Love or hate ’em, many folks still send Christmas cards by mail. Getting the card done in October along with updating your mailing list means you can relax over Thanksgiving weekend while writing personal notes on your card. Yes, it can happen.
Take lots of photos. The more photos you have from the year, the more likely you are to get a good group shot.
Photoshop can be your friend. A friend of mine did a family photo session, and ended up photoshopping the kids’ heads because no one picture had everyone smiling. It happens.
Get close ups of the kids’ faces. In the collage I did for last year’s card, 3 of the photos are close up shots of my kids. The hardest to get was my teen. I grabbed the shot while we were visiting my sister one day. Close ups are great for collages.
Get goofy. And use props. My favorite prop is this giant Adirondack chair that lives on the lawn at Swarthmore College during the summer months. My kids will relax and play on and around the chair while I’m grabbing shots.
Use their school pictures. If all else fails, use their school pictures in a collage. I always pick a grey background for my children’s school photos in case I need to use the photos later.
There’s still time to grab a copy of the #100daystoChristmas ebook (coupon for $3 off: 100DAYS3OFF) from ListPlanIt and join the challenge. Here’s an excerpt of the ListPlanIt ebook.