I spend a lot of time thinking about our annual Christmas card. Starting in the fall I start looking at the different card websites to get an idea of the various card designs I like (my favorite sites are Paper Culture, Minted & Tiny Prints). This gets my mind thinking of possible compositions so when it does come time to shoot I am somewhat prepared. Of course trying to get one single good shot of three squirmy kids is NOT easy. For the older kids I use bribes...$5-$10 each, but only after I have gotten a good shot--they will tell you this is one of the only times I use flat out bribery. This year I made the mistake of waking them up on a Saturday morning to get the shoot done as early as possible and to accommodate the little one's happy schedule. As a result one of the twins looks a little bloated and red-eyed (lesson learned, I will not do that again). Usually I do one photo session in front of our tree and one elsewhere around our house, but this year since we lost a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas our tree was not set up so I only got one session in. Also little Brooks was not too happy at the end of our first shoot so I lost the patience to try another one. Here is the 'behind the scene' look at our photo shoot...
Here is our our card actually turned out...I went with Minted this year despite my love of Paper Culture. Next year I will go back to Paper Culture, their cards are just a little bit nicer plus eco-friendly.
I also got a little creative with the stamps this year and went with the ultra cool Ray Charles stamps instead of the expected holiday stamps. And I love the kraft envelopes offered by Minted.