Choosing the Perfect Photo for Your Holiday Cards

One of the most beloved holiday traditions is to send Christmas greetings via snail mail – because who doesn’t love getting “real mail”? Of course, we’re all busy, but nowadays it is super simple to design your own photo cards online. Not only can you choose from an array of patterns and styles, but you can create your own caption or message to go with it.

Perfectly Patterned Trees Christmas Card

One of the toughest parts of designing your own cards is selecting the perfect holiday photo to accompany them – but thankfully, this doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some tips to help you get started this year:

  •  Decide what you want to express. If you’re like most people, you take a lot of photos throughout the year – so you have several from which to choose. Consider whether you want your cards to be modern or traditional, formal or informal. Then, select a photo to match. A more formal photo will give you a more classic look, while a more casual photo can be paired with a more modern card design. Furthermore, a fun photo or candid pose goes well with a whimsical design for your cards.
  • Choose a photo with coordinated outfits. If the whole family is featured in the photo, it’ll look best if everyone is wearing outfits from the same color palette. If planning a photo session specifically for your annual personalized holiday photo cards, then choose a palette (e.g., autumn colors like browns, reds, and yellows) and have everyone’s shirts and accessories fall within that palette. This way, you don’t even have to worry about the shades of red, for example, matching each other. It will all blend together in beautiful harmony. You can then find a holiday card design with colors to match.
  • Focus on close-ups. The best photos are those taken up close, where you can see a brilliant smile and the details. Too many people choose photos with pretty scenery and small images of themselves far away. Remember, the main point of a holiday card is to greet others and to share how your family has grown and changed over the last year! Plus, cropped close-up images simply look more professional.
  • Ensure it’s the right size. Sometimes photos taken with your camera phone or another mobile device might not be of a high enough quality or a large enough file size for your holiday photo cards. When you import your photo into the online program for designing cards, the site will usually give you a warning about the quality not being adequate. If you proceed with this photo, it will more than likely print a grainy image – so definitely avoid this! Also, once you select a card template to use, be sure your photo won’t be cropped in such a way as to leave out an important part of the image.

Scalloped Frames Christmas Card

These are just a few tips to help you select the best photo for your Christmas cards this year. Visit photography websites to get even more tips on taking high-quality pictures for use in your cards.


Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.

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