Looking for some inspiration to create unique holiday cards this year? Since I became a mother, I’ve had more fun creating Christmas cards than ever before! I have put together some of my favorite photo card ideas below:
This is a classic that everyone loves! At this time of year, professional photographers often have discounted sessions, coupons, and waived sitting fees. Be sure to book your sitting ahead of time because they will be very busy!
A year to remember:
Give each family member a card with the numbers of the current year. For example, if you have four family members, one person holds a “2,” the next person holds a “0,” then “1″ and “4″ for 2014. Use the last 2 digits for just a couple, and add holiday decorations or symbols for odd numbers!
Christmas over the years:
Create a collage with Photoshop or an online editor to show your past Christmas photos all on one card. It’s so fun seeing the progression of a family over the years! PicMonkey and Canva are two of my favorite free online editors, but there are several collage apps for smartphones too.
Don’t have time to take a new photo? Just use a photo from a past Christmas on your card to create a flash back effect! The whole #ThrowBackThursday thing is popular now, and guess what? Christmas is on a Thursday this year!
Couple’s 1st Christmas:
Plan ahead when you and your significant other get engaged or married! All you’ll have to do is add a few Christmas props to your photo sessions. It could be as simple as holding a chalk board with “Merry Christmas” written on it, or a photo of you kissing under the mistletoe in your wedding attire. How adorable would that be?!
Baby’s 1st Christmas:
Photograph your newborn or infant with Christmas lights or garland draped around them. You could even find an adorable holiday themed outfit for the baby to wear! Check your local thrift stores for affordable props when seasonal items are available. My husband and I used coupons found in our Sunday paper to spend less than $25 for professional photos at Target when my youngest was 6 months old. You could also set up photos in your own home. Accessories are even available these days that make it easier to take family photos with your iPhone!
A family that bakes together, stays together:
Get messy! Throw flour at each other as you prepare your family’s favorite holiday dish and have someone photograph the fun. You’ll put a smile on everyone’s face as they open their card, expecting a boring store card from a pack you bought on clearance last year.
Create fun photo props out of card stock ($0.10 – 1.00 per sheet at craft stores). You don’t even have to get super creative – a red circle for Rudolph’s nose, a red and white Santa hat.. you name it!
Prefer to send a general seasonal card to cover all the holidays? Stage a snowball fight among your family members and have someone photograph it. There will be joy on everyone’s faces and it’ll really show how your family has fun together.
This holiday card post was inspired by Paper Culture known for their eco-friendly unique holiday cards and personalized gifts.
This post was sponsored by Global Influence Network, however all opinions stated are that of our own.