Doesn’t the world seem so much smaller this time of year? There’s something about Christmas that just brings people together. The common theme of Joy, Hope, and Love provides for a universal platform where people can relate to each other, despite differences in age, gender, race, religion, etc. You can feel it all around you: houses decorated with Christmas lights, presents under the Christmas tree, Mariah Carey Christmas songs on the radio, eggnog in the grocery stores, Christmas cards in the mail, the list goes on and on… and I’m not talking about Santa’s naughty or nice list =)
With everything going on around me, I admit that Christmas this time of year came swiftly and I was not at all prepared. Next thing I knew, I was rushing to get last minute stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifts, looking up recipes for the family holiday potluck, and ever since I picked up photography, helping my sister and her family take pictures for their Christmas Card. You would think that the latter would be one of the easier of the tasks mentioned… not so much.
Before even taking Christmas card pictures, you have to have a game-plan. What is the message you want to send? How do you want the message to come across? Outfits? Location? Lighting? Time? etc. etc. etc…? All these need to be taken into consideration before even picking up the camera. Having gone through this already, I have laid out some examples that you may consider when taking pictures for your Christmas card. Have a look and ENJOY! So, which Christmas card are you?
Traditional- This is for the professional. You know… the family that is organized, plans things in advance, and hosts the family get-togethers. If you’re this type of family, you most likely have already sent your Christmas cards to your loved ones! =) The family is arranged strategically and with the matching outfits. Mom, dad, and the kids are seated formally as they cohesively say “CHEESE” to the camera.
Daring- Are you someone who is adventurous and bold? Do you like to stray from the mainstream and venture into the land less travelled? If so, you would fall under this category. These are for the people who are courageous enough to send a Christmas card to grandma and grandpa knowing that they would get an eye raising response!
Enamored - These are the lovebirds who are either dating or married and have no children. They send out the heart-throbbing, disgustingly cute cards to friends and family to show how much they are in love. If you fall under this category, well…. Kudos to you!
Wishy-Washy- The family that can’t decide on just one picture so they end up having 5..6..7..or even 9 pictures!
Personal- The family that is confident, inviting others to share their intimate, precious moments. There really isn’t a background in the picture; you can pretty much have your picture taken anywhere. With the photographer making use of the zoom feature of the camera, the family is the main focus, and you can pretty much see every last detail. In the end, it shows the warm and personal relationship between the members on the card.
Spontaneous- “Let’s just go with the flow… see what happens.” “We’re not really sure, we’ll probably just wing it.” Do you find yourself saying this often? If so, you would fall under this family type. The family that is in the moment, that places more emphasis on the journey, rather than the destination.
The family picture is fun, informal, spur-of-the-moment, and natural. The photographer will probably instruct your family by saying, “just smile, laugh, interact, and have fun… I’ll just take a lot of pictures and we’ll see which ones come out best!” This unplanned, unrehearsed family Christmas card is not only easy to capture, but is also effective in sending a message.
Comical- This is for the family that is the life of the party. Always making jokes, telling stories, and entertaining the guests, this family loves and craves the audience’s attention. When you go to a family reunion, the first family you would hope to see falls under this category. “Did so-and-so come yet?”
Simply stated, if the first reaction you want from someone opening your Christmas card is a giggle or laugh, this is definitely the Christmas card for you!
SelfLESS- These are the moms and dads that do not care to be in the picture, but rather want to showcase their children. The kids are the face of the Christmas card, and you know what? They wouldn’t have it any other way!
Happy- This Christmas card is for the happy, go-lucky family that always looks on the bright side of things. If you had a string of bad luck and need some cheering up, you know that they are only one phone call away. My sister’s family Christmas card represents the “happy family.” With smiles as wide as the ocean, teeth as white as snow, this family emanates so much joy and love through its Christmas card that you can’t help but smile too! =)
Simple- As stated.
photo credit to: Tiny Prints
I hope I was able to shed light on the various types of Christmas cards. Keep in mind there is no wrong choice when it comes to deciding on the type of Christmas card to send to others. Whichever you choose, I’m sure it will be amazing!
Take a look at my family’s Christmas card from last year! I can’t wait to show you guys our card for 2012!