Holiday Family Photos: stress free alternatives

I feel my stress level rising every time I open my inbox to see printing/card companies offering deep discounts on holiday cards. WHAAAATTT????  UMMM.... It's not even Halloween yet and most holiday clothing isn't even out in stores yet.

Then I start feeling the pressure of having fabulous and fancy family photos taken know, the photo cards that your friends open up and say "WOW that is a great photo!"

Moms, I know you know what I'm talking about. What are the kids going to wear? Where are we going to take pictures? When can I fit all this in my over-scheduled schedule? How am I going to get everyone looking at the camera? What props can I use?

As a procrastinator (I haven't even ordered the Halloween costumes yet.  que: gasping) ,  I am here to give you some stress free tips!

  • Have a family photo illustrated. I found a watercolor artist on etsy that had a fun and whimsical vibe. The photo was taken by a family friend way before the holidays. 

  • Too busy for Christmas Cards?  DO a New Year Card with New Year greetings.
  • Have your child's artwork be your holiday card.
  • Forgo the traditional family portrait and make it fun.
  • Still want a traditional Holiday Card but not finding any holiday clothing you like without spending $$$$? For girls: Pair a dress you already own with a vibrant fall-colored tight like mustard, hunter green. This will make your picture pop. For boys: putting on a sweater (building layers) will instantly warm up the photo. OR me:) 


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