How Do You Find The Perfect Christmas Card Photo?
I love the holiday season. A lot. If Buddy the Elf had a long lost cousin, I might be her. This year is super exciting because Liam is starting to get into it, too – he knows who Santa is and is OBSESSED with the idea of people having lights on their houses and trees in their living rooms. We’re still more than a week from Thanksgiving but I’m already giddy with Christmas glee.
Except for one minor detail…I don’t have a photo for our Christmas cards. I looked through the photo archives and there is really nothing that is workable. How is it that I have not one Christmas card-worthy picture of Liam’s adorable mug from over the past year? Perhaps the unskilled photographer is to blame? I also blame my iPhone. I use it so much to capture quick pictures that I rarely have the nice camera with me. When I do, it’s usually for a special occasion and from my experience, those seem to be the worst times to get a good picture of Liam. I’m thinking about staging a little photo shoot this weekend, although I tried that last year and it resulted in tears. Liam wasn’t too pleased either. I still love our picture from Liam’s first Christmas….if only we could get one just like that (plus a few more teeth) this year. He was much more easily manipulated to stay still and smile for pictures in those days. Sigh.
I’m really trying not to care as much about little things like this, but I love Christmas cards. I love getting them and displaying them and send them to all our friends and family and would hate to send out something that I don’t really love. So, parents with adorable Christmas card photos, do share: What’s your secret? Do you get professional shots? Plan a summer outing specifically for a Christmas picture? Bring your camera with you everywhere? Any tips for a successful amateur toddler photo shoot would also be appreciated!