Yes, it's a must!  Family and friends will eagerly be awaiting a holiday card featuring photos of your sweet little "angels".  I don't know about you, but getting a great holiday photo has always been difficult.  As we've had more children, getting a good holiday photo where everyone is smiling, or even looking at the camera, has become near impossible!

Thankfully, once we've gotten the perfect shots, Shutterfly has always made it easy to create beautiful holiday cards.  This year, join me in getting an early start and making the holidays a little more stress free.  Shutterfly has a wonderful assortment of holiday photo cards to fit everyone’s taste and budget.

For our Christmas card this year, I’ve found a couple of cards that might work nicely for our family.  

 

The above card is simple with a playful holly berry embellishment going across the front.  Just in case someone is crying or trying to run away, I also like card below.  It allows for several different layout options and we can feature each of the children with their own picture block.  I can even picture one of our children making the face just like the little girl in the lower right corner.


Here are some tips we've learned after six years of holiday photo cards with children:

  • Keep it simple!
  • Holiday pajamas or themed outfit can be cute; especially for baby.
  • Be quick, taking several shots quickly can help you get those cute and quirky faces.
  • Get down on their level and get in close for more intimate photos.
  • Most kids won't sit and stay for a posed portrait.. Go to a park or outside, let them run, sit, and climb.  Give them something of interest to focus on.  If they are happy, you're more likely to get a great photo.
  • Have fun!

Just in case you don't get those cards out in time for Christmas...remember New Year's is just 7 days later.  Yes, one year we ended up sending New Year's cards.  Sometimes late is better than never!