November is here…. and the rush to get that perfect Christmas card picture is causing mothers to lose their minds. If you are a mom of young people, it is EXTREMELY difficult to snap that perfect profile shot of the little ones… or the family all together smiling ever so brightly. More than likely…. one child…. if not all will decide to throw the world’s worst tantrum in the middle of the photo shot. I have learned my lesson and try to follow these four tips.
Tips for Toddler Christmas Picture
–Work around their clock: Come on people… we all know that there is NO way we will get that perfect picture if they are hungry or tired. I’ve tried to rush a picture right before nap time, and it was a complete fail!
–Bribe…Bribe… Bribe!: Make them work hard for that sucker! Hold that red sucker right where the sun can hit it perfectly…. causing their little mouths to water (snap the picture right before the drooling starts of course).
–Kodak that moment: So if your kids are small and bribing doesn’t work, decide on a Christmas activity or scene you want to capture. I went with the eating cookies scene. You KNOW their happy when you put a plate of cookies in front of them.
–Be Prepared: Have everything set up before you even get the kids involved. Those babies are not going to sit around and wait on you. I always set up during their nap, so it’s ready to go when they wake up. This includes wardrobe, camera, setting, props, etc.
–Search for the card you want first: In the past, I always snapped my pictures, and then I would look at the Christmas cards to find the one I liked. There were TONS of cards I fell in love with but couldn’t use due to the orientation of the photo I took. I always find the card I like first to make sure my picture will fit perfectly.
By the way, I ALWAYS order from www.minted.com. They are the BEST… plus I am a fan of gold foil, and they have TONS of selections.
Turn Christmas Card into Art:
Most of us LOVE our Christmas card picture, or we wouldn’t send it out. Why not get it blown up and use it as Christmas decor as well.
What you’ll need:
-Blown up picture (I used 11X14)
-2 Wood pieces the same dimension as picture (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
-Paint (if you want to paint the wood)
-Hot Glue Gun
I first hot glued the string to the picture, so when I glued the wood on top it would be more secure. Talk about an EASY DIY.
I ended up painting the wood white thanks to my mom’s advice (mom’s do know best).
I loved it so much, I decided to take a few Christmas profile shots of the kids.
With these, I first used my photo grid app and created a collage with the three pictures on top of one another. My app had to have another picture on the right, so I just added one (didn’t plan on using it though since it cut it off anyway). I then ordered a 24X36 poster from Walgreens. This is what the picture looked like that I uploaded.
I cut off the picture on the right and just used my polaroid collage pictures.
Merry Christmas Folks!!
Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
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