‘Tis the season to gather family photo ideas! After all, your Christmas cards won’t create themselves. To help, we’ve gathered the best family photo ideas that will make creating your Christmas cards quick and snappy (and extra merry) this year!
1. Holiday traditions
Create a truly traditional card by capturing holiday moments your family does year after year. Like picking out the tree, decorating the tree or baking holiday cookies.
2. Make a Run for it
Have the whole family make a run for it. You’ll be surprised how fun this photo idea is!
Chunky hats, knit hats, silly hats, headbands and more—we’ve found that hats make some of the best baby photo ideas. Take a peek at our darling newborn photo-finds and get inspired!
1. Berry Bright Crochet
2. Hat & Tassel
Gender reveals are a fun new trend for moms- and dads-to-be. There are lots of great ways to get your loved ones in on the big surprise and let them know if you will be welcoming a girl or a boy. We wanted to share our top 5 gender reveal ideas to get your creative mind inspired. We know there are many more out there, but this list should get you started.
1. Balloon Popping. For this idea, fill dark-colored balloons with pink or blue confetti and inflate to medium size. You can give each person at the gender reveal party their own balloon to pop or the soon-to-be mom and dad can pop it in front of guests. If you choose to not have a party, but want to share on Facebook and Instagram, take photos of the balloon before it’s popped and then an action shot of popping it. This is such a fun idea – friends and family will love liking it!
2. Pink & Blue Dips. This gender reveal party idea will get your guests interacting and guessing the gender. Simply set out marshmallows, pink & blue frosting and pink & blue striped straws for guests to dip their marshmallow in the color they think is the gender of your baby! At the end of the party, when all the guesses are in, mom-to-be can hold the straws revealing the correct gender.
Capture those sweet smiles, tiny toes and chubby cheeks in a way that will make your family oooo and ahhh when they receive your birth announcement featuring your new little one. Below, we share our top 4 new baby photo ideas and how to incorporate them to make a standout birth announcement!
1. Easy on the props. You want your little one to be the main focus, so remember to keep it simple. A prop such as a hat, tie, basket or bucket can make the photo and add personality and a soft sweetness. See how beautiful this Gilded Frame Baby Girl Announcements turned out with these subtle props and a hint of rose gold foil!
Getting engaged is such an exciting time for a couple! You have just announced that you are ready to take the next step in the relationship and get married. Planning may be a bit overwhelming, but no worries. There are plenty of resources to help, and you can always refer to our wedding planning checklist to get the conversation started.
One of the most exciting tasks (aside from taste-testing), is getting your engagement photos taken. This is a time when you and your other half get to be yourself and really show off your love for each other. We love seeing save the date cards come in with photos of happy couples that really showcase their personality and the beauty of their love. So we put together a list of our top 7 engagement photo ideas that we feel every couple should take during their session.
1. Sealed with a Kiss – You’re engaged, so act like it and pucker up!
2. Walking hand-in-hand. You wouldn’t have it any other way.
3. Feeling his love. You can actually feel the love this man has for his soon-to-be-wife.
Isn’t it adorable when your pet rolls over and is begging for a belly rub, or sits pretty with their tongue hanging out just waiting for you to toss their favorite toy? These are the moments that are worth capturing. Your pets are part of your family, and their irresistible cuteness deserves a special place on your holiday card this year.
My boyfriend and I have two pups, and I am constantly snapping pics of them with their sweet puppy expressions. This year my holiday card will be splashed with puppy photos, since my friends and family love seeing my pups nearly as much as I do. So here’s a few tips, from one pet lover to another, that will help you take fantastic pet pictures to accent this year’s holiday card.
1. Pick a location
Find a unique building for your pets to sit in front of, a beautiful nature scene or some unique flooring that complements their fur color. Make sure your location isn’t so enticing that it distracts from your furry friend. After all, you’re taking photos of your pet, not the location.
2. Bribery is a must (a.k.a. treats and toys).
You know your pets will do anything for a treat. So when you need them to stop being their usual hyper selves and sit still, don’t be afraid to bribe them with a treat or a favorite toy. Just hold your bribe of choice up next to your camera or balance it on their nose (if your pet can do tricks), and you’ll have their full attention.
Photos, photos, photos. With the rise of Instagram and Pinterest over the past couple years, photos have become the focal point of online sharing. This trend has influenced our designs in Christmas cards, as we’ve introduced more Instagram-friendly cards as well as more cards with multiple photo cards. Here are 5 Christmas card photo ideas to help you to find and take the best photos, as you get ready for the holiday card season.
1. Sibling cuteness. Show off your kids’ personalities and how they interact on a daily basis. Are they silly? Does one like to tell jokes? Show that in your photos. Remember, sharing day-to-day fun gives friends and family a glimpse of your kids’ personalities, which is what they really want to see.
It’s tough picking out what to wear for your family photos, so we are sharing with you another three outfit ideas to help you choose this year’s wardrobe. Each outfit theme was inspired by our beautiful and unique Christmas cards. You can see more clothing ideas in our what to wear for your family photos part 1 and part 2 posts. These have been very popular with our fans and followers.
1. Stylish + Chic. Gray pairs well with many different colors and one of our favorites is using this rich purple to accent it. Top it off with some black and you have a stylish and chic wardrobe combination. This look was inspired by our modern Christmas cards.
Get this look here.
I have to say, I have completely enjoyed becoming a mother of three! Of course there are moments where life is complete chaos, but I’ve found it to be a good chaos. I think the main reason is not so much the new baby, but the realization that this is okay. I can now accept that there will always be toys on the floor, five more loads of laundry, and dishes in the sink. As a mom of three now, I’m cool with that!
Of course, the transition wasn’t easy….I remember the day my 3-year-old pulled frozen peas from the freezer and stomped each one into the floor. I also remember the day my 5-year-old got so mad, she put a hole in the wall from slamming the door. Ha! We definitely had a “transition” but hey, what family doesn’t? Imperfections and all, I’m loving this life.
When Justin was born, I was pretty excited to be able to send birth announcements, but you’d think I would’ve been all prepared with my favorite designs well before the baby was born…not so much. That’s the problem with working for a company like Pear Tree – there are ALWAYS new designs, and it was nearly impossible for me to narrow it down.
The most important step for me, besides choosing the design, is choosing the right photos, so I thought I’d share my process and a few photo tips for organizing and editing them with you.
First, I copy all the photos that I might use to their own folder – this keeps everything separated and easy to navigate. Then I start the editing process. I use Picasa, a free service that is really simple to use. There are tons of free systems online – I like this one because it helps to organize and identify the people in the photos. For each of the 10 or so photos that I really like, I do the following:
- Brighten with Fill Light. I love to do this because it removes the imperfections easily and adds a glow to the photo.
- Contrast with Shadows. Depending on how dark or light I want my photos, I’ll play with this until it looks right. With the original photo here on the left, you can see that adding a bit of Fill Light and Shadows really enhanced the image. I don’t do any Cropping at this stage because I may need some of the outer edges of the image for the card.
- Next I might try making it a Black and White photo, which is as simple as a single button. Sometimes there I’ll play with the Fill Light and Shadows again to make sure the photo looks perfect.
- And last, I add a Blur photos to really draw the eye to the moment of the photo rather than the patterns and textures around the edges.
Are you struggling to find good photos for your Christmas cards? Or maybe you just need one or two more photos to fill out a card that has a lot of spaces for photos? At Pear Tree we see a lot of creative Christmas card photo ideas from our customers that aren’t what you’d expect to see, but that’s why we love them. Here are some alternative photo ideas you can borrow for your cards!
Pets as family members: A photo of your pet always brings a smile. Does he know any tricks? Even better.