Christmas cards simply wouldn’t be complete without celebrating your baby’s first Christmas with a suitable cute outfit and photo popped on the front!
Especially one which should make Grannys go awww and the future 18 year old cringe with embarrassment!
Here are a few simple ideas on how to make your Christmas cards stand out on the mantlepiece this year!
- Set your scene. Choose an area with good natural light (close to good window light)
- De-clutter the area and make it as plain as possible, scoop up toys, books etc, move furniture if necessary just to give a clearer space.
- Use a neutral (or suitably festive coloured), plain fleece blanket on the floor or draped over the back of a sofa, they don’t wrinkle as much as sheets and you can just about get away with them as backdrops.
- Choose your props and check that there are no sharp or loose bits that little hands and mouths could swallow or hurt themselves on. Papier mache baubles are lovely and won’t break.
- Choose your outfit – oh my!! There are soooo many to choose from: elves, santas, angels – you name it – they are out there! Next, Mothercare and Marks and Spencers are always good for those!
- Keep it simple, use colour and props for a festive look – don’t go mad, you want people to see the baby not the tree!
- Sleepy shots can be ADORABLE, keep the house nice and warm and soothingly peaceful, choose their usual sleep time and have a go! Make sure they’re in their outfit before they go to sleep!
- I have found that babies will keep headband style headgear on better than hats – especially as they look up to see what on earth is on their head!!
- If you have small baby, lie them on a safe, comfortable area and lay a Christmas stocking over their lower half of their body, this gives the impression that they are actually in it. This is a much better method and saves you having to heave a small wriggly baby into a stocking!!
- Have fun and make sure it’s a really embarrassingly cute photo!!
- Older children will love playing with these photo booth props – we got these from Paper Fete on Etsy
Printing is equally simple, photobox.co.uk, snapfish, and moo.com all have great card printing systems that are not too expensive.