It’s time to start thinking about your holiday cards! Can you believe it? Don’t wait until the last minute, start planning now and check out what we’ve done the last few years. I’ve got nine unique Christmas photo card ideas to share with you.
We have three girls. So that makes my picture planning a little unique. I always want to spotlight our “boy” as much as I can because he is the center of our universe. This photo shoot was by far my most favorite we’ve ever done. I didn’t even have to buy outfits.. all the dresses and shoes we already had! I wanted to have unique Christmas photo cards that captured who we were as a family and well, were Christmassy!
Tip 1: Coordinate without being too matchy-matchy
Here is the back of that card. The color theme for our outfits were pink, gold and a pop of red. I just love how the red stands out in the green grass and also gives a nod to the holidays. It’s a great idea to have a consistent color scheme so your photos look coordinated, but if everyone is wearing the exact same dress or shirt then that can look a little… dated and cheesy. I’m so sorry to say! Just my opinion here folks. Even though I do Luvvv a good mommy-daughter matchy matchy! We’ve ordered our Christmas photo cards the last two years from Photo Affections. I’ve even found a groupon discount code to add on as well. We’ve been really happy with this company. Check em out! Right now they’re offering 40% off with code 2019VIP!
My second tip for unique Christmas photo cards:
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Okay so now I have to completely take back what I said before, ha! Here we are in matching family pajamas. As much as people love getting beautiful portraits of people’s beautiful children to tape to their fridge, you know what they also like? A good laugh! When we took this photo we were in route to an all pajama Polar Express train ride. And there just happened to be a “cut-your-own-tree” farm right next door. My college roommate actually took this photo and it has been one of our most unique Christmas photo cards yet.
This is the back of that card. It was also a postcard. It meant cheaper postage and no licking! So I guess that could be tips 3 & 4. Save time and money with a postcard option and always include a pic of the family pet- even if its just on the back! It’s widely known that babies and animals sell any product the quickest! None of us can get over all that cuteness!
Top Tip: If you can include a major life announcement like a new move or new addition to the family do!
The holidays are a perfect time to share fun new announcements with friends and family. I loved that our middle daughter was a fall baby, and we were able to include her arrival in this unique Christmas photo card. This sweet card was from Minted.
Another tip for unique Christmas photo cards is to choose a fold out display.
I ordered these from Tiny Prints and really liked how I could feature many pictures but didn’t have to make a collage out of them. Sometimes you might want to share a timeline of your year, or a bevy of beautiful photos from a photo shoot you did for example. This type of card folds out and each page can have its own unique text. It gives you a lot of range to showcase your photos and highlight those special events you may want to share with friends and family. Tiny Prints is currently offering 20% off with coupon code SAV20.
This is how the front of that card looks before folding it out.
Here is another example of a unique and unconventional family Christmas photo card. Professional photos can be pricey so to offset that cost we usually opt to do them every OTHER year. In the years when we don’t have pro photos I like to find either a funny photo idea or create a funny card with a format like this one. I liked how this card captured everyone’s unique personality. via Minted.
Another tip to create a truly unique Christmas photo card is to make it a gift!
This photo card is actually an ornament. We hang it on our tree each year and it makes such a great memento. We usually make a special ornament for family every year anyway so this photo card was perfect for that! I used Shutterfly for this card, and even though this is an actual card, they also have tons of cute ideas for photo ornaments that are worth checking out!
Top tip- Look at your schedule and plan ahead.
This photo was taken at a giant Christmas light display and is just another example of finding the funnest most festive pic you have and pairing it with the best card possible. If you’re skipping professional photos this year one tip is to plan ahead. Think about what events or trips that might be coming up and plan for a possible photo you could use. via Tiny Prints.
Here’s our card from last year. This was a professional photo shoot we did in a field of wildflowers. I’m kinda obsessed with wildflowers and have been on the hunt to find the perfect field for a family photo shoot for several years now. I’m still brainstorming ideas for this year’s cards– maybe beach, maybe fall leaves. hmmmm. 😉
As always thank you for taking the time to check out my post. I hope these ideas got your creative juices flowing! And if you’re still researching family theme ideas for Halloween costumes check out my post HERE!
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!