Read simple tips for avoiding Christmas Procrastination from Kat at “Inspired to Action” www.inspiredtoaction.com. And, find out what she has to say about The Little Card Company!
Our friend, Erin, at Christian Mama’s Guide has posted her 6 favorite Christmas photo card designs. Vote for your top choice and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! It’s a win-win… she won’t have to agonize over which amazing design to choose and you’ll get a great deal on Christmas cards this season! Visit www.christianmamasguide.com
Our Christmas 2011 line-up is now available… award-winning designs ready for your beautiful Christmas photos! Free Ground Shipping for all Christmas Photo Card orders, now through December 9th!
A new line of designs created specifically for businesses and organizations to send to employees, clients, vendors, donors, and other associates. Perfect for spreading the Joy of Jesus at the holidays! www.littlecardcompany.com/bizchristmas
It’s THAT time of year again, moms… time to plan for the Christmas card photo! If you’re anything like us, you agonize over things like what the kids will wear, whether the photo should just include the children or the whole family, when and where the photo should be taken… the list is seemingly endless!
This year we decided to lean on some professional experience to help ease the pressure. We hope these ideas from Angela Scott, of Angela Scott Photography in Sacramento, CA help make the process a whole lot easier – and more fun – for you!
LCC: Angela, what is the best time of day to take a photo outdoors?
Angela: Ideally, the best time for outdoor photos would be early morning, within a few hours of the sun rising. A couple of hours before the sun sets in the late afternoon can also work well. Of course, that assumes a sunny day… during the winter months here in Northern California, we tend to have more overcast days, which can provide an excellent filter from the sun and allow for beautiful pictures. So don’t be afraid of overcast weather on your photo shoot day!
LCC: What about indoor pictures? Do we need a place with a lot of natural light or would it be okay to use regular room lighting?
Angela: For the best photos, try to plan your shoot for a time when the most natural light is available. On the other hand, be careful to avoid direct sunlight which can cast hard shadows across your faces. If you have access to professional or semi-pro lighting equipment, they would be effective as a substitute for natural light. Using your personal lamps and/or fluorescent lighting can give a very yellow-orange tone to skin, so I try and avoid using them.
LCC: What wardrobe colors photograph best? Should we avoid wearing patterns or stripes? And, what are your thoughts on everyone in the photo wearing matching clothes?
Angela: (laughs) This one really depends on your family’s personal style. Some clients like to have everyone match, which creates a very classic photo. My suggestion is that parents wear the neutral colors and kids wear the brighter colors… just make sure they blend well and don’t clash! That approach usually makes for a more fun and relaxed family photo. Small patterns are okay (ie, light plaid or pinstripe) and I suggest that only one family member wear a pattern to avoid a chaotic looking photo.
LCC: As a photographer – and a mom! – do you have any tips for getting the kids to cooperate during the photo shoot?
Angela: Yes, if you have younger children make sure they are well rested and fed. And, my number one suggestion during a shoot is for parents to be patient. As any parent knows, it’s difficult to have a child sit still, and a photo shoot is no different. Allow your photographer to work with the kids… funny enough, they tend to listen better to the photographer when being asked to sit and smile. Once the parents step in to get the kids to cooperate it often turns into a battle, and the frustration shows in the photos, which is the last thing we want. Try and have fun with it, moms! The more fun, the better the photo!
Feeling better already? We hope so! Many thanks to Angela for her words of wisdom on the topic. If you live in the Sacramento area and would like to connect with Angela to ask questions or to schedule a photo shoot, please feel free to contact her at:
Angela Scott Photography
Angela has a special promotion running that’s perfect for a Christmas photo shoot… check it out here: http://www.angelascottphotography.com/specials/
Every year I have the best intentions of trying to get an early start on my Christmas shopping, but to no avail. I end up get bogged down with birthdays, kids’ activities and Thanksgiving and suddenly it’s December and I have a very large to-do list.
At a MOPS meeting a couple of years ago, we heard several suggestions of how to save time and plan ahead during the Christmas season. Our mentor mom gave us a great idea to take a family photo on vacation and use it for our annual Christmas card. She also suggested that we have our Christmas cards printed, addressed and stamped well ahead of Thanksgiving and then all that’s left is dropping them in the mail the first week of December.
Last year, I took her advice. While on summer vacation, we took a family photo and it was probably the best picture our family has ever taken together. Just getting the picture taken early was a huge relief and I was so happy not to have to schedule a family photo op in November or December. With the picture done, all that was left was picking out a Christmas photo card and having it printed. When December rolled around, I had a lot of shopping to do, but my photo cards were finished and ready to be mailed and it felt great!
If you want to get a jump start on Christmas, we have a great collection of Christian photo Christmas cards that will be sure to compliment your favorite photos. We are also excited to announce that by the end of September the top designs from the Christmas Design Contest will be featured on our website. Check out our Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest news, information and specials and let’s all get started early on our photo cards this year!
Congratulations to Jake, Danielle,Caleb and Christine! Thank you for your awesome designs… we can’t wait to add them to our Christmas 2011 line-up!
This contest has been an amazing experience on so many fronts. The amount of designers involved, the number of designs submitted, the amount of support for each entry… each of these areas were so inspiring. The most uplifting part of it all was to see a handful of the artists voting for their fellow contestants’ designs – truly a spirit of encouragement and mutual support. We praise God for these positive outcomes!!
Unfortunately, we did have accusations of cheating arise toward the end of the contest. Over the past few days, we have taken the time to do our due diligence around those accusations, and we can say with a clean conscience that we did our best to investigate the matter. In the end, we weren’t able to substantiate the claims, so the votes remained (less one who withdrew voluntarily prior to the end of the contest).
Thank you again for your participation… we are so grateful for your support!
Thank you to our three judges… amazing women of God!
MariLee Parrish of Christian Moms Business Resource (www.christianmomsbusinessresource.com)
Joyce Warman of Warm’an Loving Industries (www.warmanloving.org)
Bobbi Nyce of MOPS International (www.mops.org)
Are you or someone you know a talented designer? We are looking for you! We have just launched our Christmas Contest 2011 and we’re giving away an APPLE iPAD2 along with other exciting prizes!
We’re searching for designers from all across the country to submit modern, fresh Christmas card designs that include an element of Christian faith. This can be as simple as a scripture reference or as complicated as an original drawing of the town of Bethlehem. It’s up to you! Send as many designs as you would like up until our contest deadline of August 12, 2011. We’ll post the top 10 designs on our Facebook site and let our fans pick the winners. It’s that simple!
If you want to learn more about our contest, please visit our Contest Information page on our website for all the details. www.littlecardcompany.com/contest2011