How to Shoot a Holiday Card
Holiday Season is upon us! I’m currently taking bookings for family sittings for holiday cards, but don’t wait until the last minute – the later you wait to get cards printed, the more expensive it becomes. I’m happy to travel to your home for a shoot, or can accommodate clients in my home studio. Contact me for information and with any questions.
My friend Aldythe Beltane recently commissioned a holiday card for her business, All Creatures Healing Network. Aldythe is a former vet tech whom I call the ‘cat whisperer’, because she has such an amazing connection to the animals she cares for. She’s also a tireless advocate for rescues, and every season torments her friends with a fresh batch of kittens and adorable rescues who need adopting. I hire her to do our pet sitting when we’re away, and relax knowing that our little monsters are going to be spoiled well cared for.
After a discussion of her vision for the card, we settled on a ‘winter’ theme, but I’d already decided how I wanted to shoot this.
Step one. Build a Set.
Step Two. Give your models a bit of time to adjust to being on set, as lighting can take some getting used to.
Step Three. Get the whole family together for a heartwarming group photo.
More steps and the end result, below the cut…
Step Four. Handle melt-downs with grace and patience.
Working with babies and kids is a lot of fun, but doesn’t always go as you plan. (At least this time no one pooped on set.)
Step Five. Encourage your models to work their best angles..
Step Six. Tear the place apart!
And prepare to blow everyone away this year with your completely awesome card.
Affordable holiday card printing –
Photoworks San Francisco. Ignore the terrifying pre-designed holiday cards on their website, and pay a visit to investigate their new expanded print options. I also recommend this lab to anyone looking to have prints made, they do film, digital, owned and staffed by photographers.
VistaPrint. We’ve all used them, but honestly, I don’t love their quality. But if you need 100 cards printed out on a budget, they are probably your best stop.
Costo printing. Spare yourself the pain.
Club Card Printing. I use this company for all my business cards and promo cards. They are fast, have terrific customer service, and offer nice options like rounded corners, a wide variety of paper weights, and they also do temporary tattoos! One of these days I need to find an excuse to order those.