Planning your family holiday cards

Planning your family holiday cards

November 22, 2019

Photo: @joh_ae 
What’s more daunting than getting your family dressed, well-behaved and camera-ready for a family photo? Nothing, that’s what. But something about your growing brood still makes you want to immortalize these precious years in a picture-perfect holiday card. Try some of these tips from baby photographer Alexandra Shafter ( to help you get through your shoot still smiling.

Have a plan

Work backwards from the date you’d like your Holiday Cards to be received and create a timeline. Some photographers take longer to edit than others, so it’s best to ask your photographer of choice what their turnaround time is. This way you can allow enough time for the production of the cards and time to mail them out.

Set the mood

Whether you decide to DIY, or go with a professional photographer, choosing a general theme first helps.  Some people like more posed, catalogue-like photos while others might just want more natural lifestyle shots. Knowing what you want out of the session will help you decide on the right setting and if you enlist a pro to help you.

Dress the part

Choose your family’s outfits in advance and steer clear from anything too distracting. If you choose to wear prints, think about matching, at least your little ones. See our editor’s picks of twinning PJs below.

Be prepared

Just like any outing with our little nuggets, being prepared can save us from some major meltdowns in the middle of our shoot. Make the day go smoothly by packing enough snacks to make sure no one gets hangry and goes off the rails.

Bring reinforcement

Remember to bring the kids’ favourite toys—it’ll keep the older ones happy, and they can be used to get the younger one’s attention. You might also want to bring along a playlist of your children’s favourite songs. Anything to keep them in the mood to cooperate.

Don’t force it

Sometimes asking kids to look at the camera or pose isn't the best way to get them to smile. Ask them to make each other laugh or look at each other. Makes them feel more conformable and natural!
Deck your family in Holiday Matching PJs for a coordinated look. Check out these Editor’s picks.

And don’t forget to share your family card snaps using #petitlemfamjam

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