It’s Time to Think About Christmas Photos!
You may think it’s too early to be thinking about Christmas, but really it isn’t! Do you take a family photo to send with your cards? Now is the perfect time of year to call and make an appointment with your favorite portrait studio to get your photos done.
As it gets closer to the holidays, studios get booked up. By the end of the month, it’s almost impossible to find an opening for a studio sitting before mid-December. At that point, you may not have your photos back in time before Christmas.
I like to choose a studio that books appointments because I can work around nap time and meals. I also have found that it’s nice to not have to wait to get your pictures taken. The times I’ve ‘walked in’ to the studio, I’ve had to wait at least an hour at this time of year. That’s almost impossible to keep an infant in pristine like condition for their photo session for that long! Think about it, one messy feeding or spit up and the cute dress is not so cute anymore. Plus, the long wait tends to sour the disposition of even the best natured infant.
Another bonus is that you can be more selective about the studio you choose instead of choosing the one with the opening. Which studio has the most “kid-friendly” photographers? Which studio has the best deals on the cost of their photography packages? These are important things to consider when choosing a studio.
If you are going to take a family portrait yourself, you should start thinking now about the kind of photo you want to take. Will it be a simple photo or more creative? Will you have props? Will you take the photo at a special place in your area? If you are not the creative type and need help coming up with an idea, you can do an internet search for creative Christmas photo ideas. You’re sure to find a suggestion that will work for your family.
Perhaps your photos are so wonderful that you’ve decided to make them your Christmas card. The local drugstore in our area has a photo studio computer where you can turn your family photo into a Christmas postcard or a card. We’ve used this option for the past 3 years and we’ve been very pleased with the final product. Not only do you get to create your own cards personally, you even get perfectly sized envelopes to fit your creations so you can mail them to friends and relatives.
Another great idea is the Picture-Me Book from Clark Color Labs. All you have to do is send in a picture and they make your little ones the star of their very own story book. Take advantage of an exclusive Babies Online offer to get your own Picture Book from Clark Color Labs for 50% off, just enter the coupon code: Read a review here!
The United States Post Office will allow you to create your own customized stamps using your digital photos. Isn’t that a great idea? Not only can you send out customized cards, but you can create customized postage to accent those cards. To find out more about this option, check out the USPS website.
I’m wishing you a creative Christmas season!