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Monday
Nov082010

Our Christmas Cards with Minted




One of my favorite things about the holiday season is sending out our Christmas cards. Last year we went with a photo with just kiddos that we adored, but this year I knew I wanted a family photo, which is much easier said than done with two small ones. While on vacation we decided to take a chance and see what we could come up with. Thankfully it went off without a hitch and we managed to capture quite a few winners.

A few tips on capturing a great family photo...

1) Dress in what you are comfortable in. You can wear complementing outfits without being too matchy matchy.
2) Keep it simple...especially when using a self timer like we did for the first image. If you try too hard it will show, and not necessarily in a good way.
3) Be yourself. Again this goes back to dressing in what you would normally wear and stay away from too many trends unless that is who you really are. People want to see the real you.
4) Have fun!!! So many people put too much pressure on having to get that perfect shot, but in the long run you will see the stress of it all on your faces. The in between moments are always our favorites anyways.
5) Using a self timer can be hard even for a photographer like my Mr. so asking a friend to help can be a life saver. It also gave us the chance to do something that comes completely natural to us...walking as a family.

Then comes the choosing of the card. We being the creative types like to be a bit different and try to choose something that not only represents our family, but our photography as well. Once we saw Minted we knew they would be the best choice for us. The quality is superb with thick paper and the designs are fresh and so very unique. We liked them so much we choose two different designs this and this one. Really it was too hard to choose just one...so we didn't!

Now to get addressing so I can have them ready to send out the week after Thanksgiving. Yes, I like to be on top of things.

Reader Comments (80)

This is the prettiest card EVER! You and your sweet family look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these....you've inspired me to get our act together and take a family photo.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Holloway

really beautiful Paula! and great tips!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelena - A Diary of Lovely

You have no idea how much I love this..and your family...can you get any cuter? I think not...love it sweety...just a gorgeous idea x

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Your family Christmas cards are fantastic! They look 'real' and sweet, well done. BTW, I'm so impressed that you mail your Christmas cards out the week after Thanksgiving! You are one organized momma!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Oh, Paula, these are AMAZING! I was just on the Minted site the other night, looking for a style with the typeface actually on the photo. This one is perfect - and so is your family!

P.S. - Way to be so on-the-ball with your cards!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMyLittleHappyPlace

i love them! good photo + good design = a perfect card. i love browsing through the designs at minted.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashley maureen

These are seriously the cutest Christmas cards ever- your family is so gorgeous and the card is perfect!!! Thank you for inspiring me to get on the Chritmas card ball xo

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristine {bijouandboheme}

Wonderful photos.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

What fabulous Christmas cards you are sending this year. You are very organised - I haven't even thought about them yet :0

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhere My Heart Is

They look amazing. I love!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Filly

The pics are so adorable! And, the card is so fun!! Great job!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFran

I can't believe you used a self-timer for the first photo! It looks do professional..adorable christmas cards...and family!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie

Super cute! I love Christmas cards too and am always trying to get the perfect one. I am impressed you can do a self timer. I am not that good. I have a friend taking a few pictures so we can do the whole family.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersara

Your family is so cute! What wonderful photos.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Esquire

love them! perfect! love the pic, too. my attempt to get their pics at Rosemary beach that week didn't go over too well. ha! I'm gonna try again here.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCat

They look great!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I can see how hard it would be to pick just one card- love them both! xo

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

These are such beautiful cards! Your little family is too precious! I LOVE Minted- I have entered a ton of their design contests- It's a great way for Graphic Designers to get out there! I have a few cards selling on Minted and just LOVE the support that bloggers are giving them!

I bet you can't wait to send these out! Have a great Monday!

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November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterabode love

Love the design of both of them! Yall are so cute!!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStaley Mc

Great photos. I'm so impressed you have cards already.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya (a Taste of T)

Lovely photos and thanks for the tips!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermonika@lifemadesimple

Adorable! I've narrowed down my Minted options to about 5 .... now how to pick??

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

So so cute! I love the look of the cards! I'll have to check out Minted.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Your cards & photos are just lovely... We just took our pictures yesterday and I am glad to see I followed some of your tips. Now that I have our photos, I am going to check out Minted...perfect timing!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoastalpines

You have such a cute family. Love the cards!

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara Mueller

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