Planning for Holiday Cards & Photos

It may still be before Halloween, but it’s never too early to start thinking about what you are planning to do for your holiday cards. Many families love to take the holiday season to get family photos taken, and send out a friendly note to friends, family, and colleagues to wish them a happy holiday season. The key to getting the best holiday cards out is to do some planning well in advance so you are not rushed when the time comes.

Hire a Professional Photographer
If you have ever tried to just snap a few photographs on your own without the help of a professional, you already know how difficult it is to get all your children together, looking at the camera, and smiling for the picture. That doesn’t even take into account the difficulty in getting an extended family picture done. One of the best ways to avoid these problems is to hire a professional photographer from JayLynn Studios. Our photographers know how to get the best shots of your family, and you don’t have to do any work, you can just sit back and smile.

Be Flexible
Fall in Utah is a volatile time for the weather. You might really want to get some beautiful outdoor photos, but if there is some rain—or even an early season snow storm—it’s important to be flexible. You may want to plan a couple of different dates so you have options, or just be willing to take some photos indoors if the weather really won’t cooperate. Your family holiday cards can look just as great with a simple background in the studio as they would with outdoor photos.

Go Simple
The holidays are a great time of year because there is so much to see—so many gifts, decorations, food, and parties—but sometimes it’s better to just go with simplicity for your professional holiday photos. Choose a basic background, and coordinated clothing that allows your friends and family to focus on your smiling faces. There’s no reason to go overboard with distracting sweaters and overwhelming patterns or objects in the background of your pictures.

Give Yourself Options
If you have not yet picked out the cards that you will send, you probably don’t know exactly what type of picture you will need. By getting professional holiday photos, your JayLynn Studios photographer can take several different kinds of pictures, including posed shots, natural shots, action shots, individual pictures of you and of your children, and pictures with different orientations. This will give you a lot of options when you do choose a card to send, so you’re not stuck with a bunch of pictures that you can’t really use because they just don’t work with your cards.

When it comes to holiday photos, there will be plenty of snapshots that you take throughout the season. Be sure to schedule some time with a JayLynn Studios photographer now so you can also get some beautiful photos that you can proudly send to your friends and family when you send out those holiday cards.