Sunday, November 4, 2018

Five Tips to Capture the Perfect Family Holiday Card

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to start planning that holiday card.  The team at CardFool wants to make sure, that even if you don’t have a professional photographer, you too can create a holiday card that will wow your family and friends.

As the creative director and cofounder, Tim McCabe has put together his five tips to capturing the best photo. Once you have the photo selected, users can visit and choose from a variety of templates, craft your own personal message, and ship directly to anyone first-class mail in the U.S. for just $3.99.  

1.   Magic Time. If you have grade-school kids, be prepared to get in and get out. Kids typically can sit and participate for about 20 minutes. But with a game plan, you can utilize those 20 minutes efficiently.

2.    Get Lit. Make sure the background is properly lit. With cameras these days, you can review a photo before you go ahead and print it to ensure everyone’s faces forward and clearly visible.

3. Skip The Props – If you are having more than eight people in the frame, skip the props and instead focus on your location. You don’t need any extras like bales of hay or a gigantic Christmas tree taking up precious restate. Think simple and clean, regardless of how many people are in the photo. This applies to everything, clothing, background, poses, etc.

4.  Smartphone – If you don’t have a fancy camera, or know someone who does, don’t worry. Today’s smart phones are equipped with a great camera. The key to making the photo professional are three simple tips. First, have someone else snap the photo. You don’t want your holiday photo to be a selfie. Second, capture the photo both horizontal and vertical, making sure that the legs and head are not chopped off. That way when it comes time to choosing the card layout, you have some options. Third, have fun with the filters. Your phone comes with several color options and lighting, play around with it, but don’t choose more than two different filters to prevent the photo looking over-processed.

5.  Have fun – With today’s busy life, treasure the moment that your family is all together and you’re spending some quality time capturing a great moment. Reflect on the past year, your family’s accomplishment, and don’t forget to say “cheese.”

What tips do you have for making sure a holiday card turns out perfect?
Do you send out Christmas cards for the holidays?

I received products in exchange for this post.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


John Smith said...

I'm always searching for cards--cards with well-done cartoons are terrific, or cards with World Masterpieces of art.

Peggy said...

Getting the best card is always hard each year. I usually get different kinds.

Lauryn R said...

These are great tips for making the perfect family holiday card, thanks for sharing! We have never done this before, but plan on doing it this year.