6 Creative Ways to Incorporate Photos Into Your Wedding

Congratulations! You’re getting married!

You and your fiancé will be gathering all your closest friends and family members together in one place for the day. Very few people at your ceremony and reception will know everyone else in the room, so using photos in your wedding can be a fun way to let your guests get to know one another. You can also snag photos of informal magical moments from the day that won’t necessarily be captured by your professional photographer.

Here are some ideas for incorporating photos into your ceremony and reception:

1. Include older photos to showcase your families’ histories.

Featuring photos of your parents or grandparents on their respective wedding days is a lovely and meaningful way to acknowledge your closest relatives and convey the importance of family in your relationship.

Everyone loves going down memory lane and seeing the fashions (and hairstyles) of older generations, so this can be really fun for your guests! You can showcase photos of your parents and grandparents on your reception entry table or cake table.

If you’d like to acknowledge loved ones who are no longer with you, you can also include their photos on your “Family History” table. I recommend choosing photos that help you recall a happy memory or moment with your relative.

2. Reveal special moments from your and your fiance’s childhoods.

You can showcase photos of you and your fiancé as children by making customized photo signs for your guest tables. Table nine can feature photos of you when you’re nine, table ten when you’re ten years old, and so on.

Check out this example on Pinterest for further inspiration! 

3. Share images of your courtship and partnership when you’re communicating the logistics of your big day.

Wedding websites are a popular and practical way to share the details and logistics of your big day, and “Save the Date” cards are a great way to give your guests a heads-up about the wedding date (so they can reserve the time in their calendars in advance). 

You can personalize both your wedding website and your “Save Date” cards by including photos your relationship with your fiancé.

Consider including photos of how you met, your first date, your favorite places to go, and things you like to do together. You can also include your formal (or informal) engagement photos, too!

Your proposal could even be part of the engagement photo shoot!  Some couples stage a proposal with a photographer ready to capture the big moment. If you’ve got those photos, you can include them in your website or “Save the Date” cards, too.

4. Create a personalized guest book using photos of your friends and family.

You can create a beautiful and memorable guest book that includes photos of your guests! For more information on creating a photo guest book, check our upcoming post, “3 Steps to Creating a Meaningful Guestbook,” (which will be published soon, or get inspiration from our Picture This Organized Pinterest boards, specifically our “Wedding Guestbook” board.

5. Create an entertaining way for your guests to snap one-of-a-kind photos at the reception.

6 Creative Ways to Incorporate Photos Into Your Wedding

You can capture fun and memorable pictures of your guests by setting up a designated photo area or a photo booth at your reception.

I recently attended a wedding reception where they set up a camera in a little “photo area,” where guests could have fun taking impromptu pictures of one another. You can supply a regular camera at the photo station, or use a Polaroid camera (so your guests can watch as the photos develop instantly). Here’s an affordable little Polaroid you can buy for this purpose.

You can provide a giant frame with your name and your fiancé’s name written on it, to use as a backdrop – your guests can pose inside the frame and snap photos of each other. Or you can try one of these backdrop ideas. 

Supplying fun props like party hats, feather boas, and giant sunglasses will inspire your guests to get creative with their photos, too! Take a look at this fun example from Pinterest

You could rent a photo booth to accomplish the same thing — rental costs are usually between $350 and $900. When your friends and family take pictures in the photo booth, two photo strips are printed right after the picture is taken: one for the you (the bride and groom) and the other as a memento for the guests.

To find a photo booth rental company near you, check out the Photo Booth Rental Directory which includes questions you should ask before you rent from a booth company.

6. Share photos your guests take during the ceremony and reception.

These days, everyone has a camera at their fingertips, and many of your guests will be snapping photos during your special day.

It’s such fun to see photos of your magical day right away (without having to wait weeks or months to get pictures back from your professional photographer) and your friends and family will love sharing their informal pictures with you.  

Here are a few tips for sharing photos of your ceremony and reception:

  • Social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram are the quickest ways for guests to share photos. However, there are limitations for getting photos from these social sharing sites. Facebook typically compresses the heck out of photos, so if you try to download the pictures, the image quality will be very low. Instagram doesn’t allow you to save someone else’s photo directly from the app, so all you can do is view the photos from your guests’ Instagram profiles.
  • The best way for your guests to share photos with you (and the rest of the group) is by setting up an online group album that all your photo-taking friends can upload to. I recommend using Flickr or iCloud to do this. With Flickr, you can set up a wedding album and give your guests the log in code. Using iCloud, you can set up a Shared Album for folks to share photos with you. With both of these options, the photos will be high quality, so you can download the images and add them to your albums or frames later on.
  • If you want to share your professional photos, always, ALWAYS make sure you have permission from your photographer to do so. Most photographers will have a clause in their agreements that addresses this topic. Even when you have your professional photographer’s permission, be sure to give them a photo credit by adding a caption or other acknowledgement next to the photo. If you’ve paid your photographer to capture your big day, it’s a wonderful gesture to thank them by sharing their amazing work with your social media community — just make sure you ask before you share (or address this ahead of time, in your contract).

Photos Can Add Richness, Laughter and Light to Your Big Day

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of all the most important people in your lives, and adding photos to your day is a wonderful way to honor your ancestors, personalize your event, and gather memories that you and your new spouse will treasure for many years to come.

Hopefully this post has given you some ideas for including photos in your big day. If you incorporated photos in your wedding in a unique way in your wedding (or if you’re planning on using some special photo-related ideas in your upcoming wedding) tell us about it in the comments below.

How to Organize Your Vacation Photos (While You're Still on Vacation)

How to Organize Your Vacation Photos (While You’re Still on Vacation)

You’ve just returned home from your vacation to Mexico. You’ve shaken the sand out of your shoes, unpacked all your travel clothes, and you’re just starting to think about going back to work tomorrow.

Before you head back to your office, you sit down at your computer to share some of your trip images with your sister  – and that’s when you realize that your vacation photos are a bit of a mess.

How to Organize Your Vacation Photos (While You're Still on Vacation)

Some of the photos are in your phone, and some in your kids’ phones. The rest are in your digital SLR camera – and you’re not even sure where that camera is. You’re looking for one specific photo from your snorkeling expedition, and you can’t find it anywhere.

So you push the whole thing out of your mind, and decide you’ll deal with your vacation photos another day.

Months later, your lovely vacation memories and images are still in a big, messy virtual pile. Your photos are scattered across several devices, and when you sit down to try to organize things to put everything into a vacation album or a slideshow, you can’t remember:

  • The name of the place where you went snorkeling (and you still haven’t found those photos to share with your sister)
  • Why everyone is laughing in the photo you took at the Mexican restaurant
  • Why this vacation was so incredible. You know it was special, but your memories of specific moments are already fading.

And because your memories are fading and your photos are disorganized, you throw in the towel and decide not to create the album at all.

Next time you take a vacation with your friends and family, this cycle repeats itself, until you’ve got cameras and smartphones full of photos of moments you can’t remember, (can’t find the ones you want), and those images will never see the light of day.

I’ve got good news, though – if preserving your vacation photos (and stories that go with them) is important to you, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening again.

You can actually take a few simple steps to protect and organize your vacation photos and preserve those memories while you’re still traveling.

And the best part is – this method doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and it can actually be fun.

Step One: Do Your Homework Before You Leave the House

The first step in this process involves finding a system to back up your vacation photos during your trip. This actually happens before you even start packing your bags. You need to do a little bit of homework about the technology you will be using, so you are comfortable with uploading and backing up your photos while you’re on the road.

Many of us take vacation photos with our smartphones, but a digital SLR camera often takes better photos – so we bring both. So you want to find the best way to backup your travel photos from your camera by uploading them to a secure location like your computer, tablet or online storage site.

The steps of this process will vary depending on your mobile device, your laptop setup, and your chosen online storage/sharing site, so my recommendations will focus more on the best practices and key features to consider for making your decision.  

What’s most important is that you get the photos copied from your camera or phone, so the images are all in one central location and you have a backup copy of the photos should your phone or camera gets lost or stolen.

The bare minimum you need to know how to do is upload your photos to your laptop or tablet. In most cases you can use your charging cord and connect your camera directly to the device. I suggest making a vacation folder/album (ex. 2016-Mexico) and uploading them to that location on your device. This will keep them organized so you can easily find them for the next step.

If you want to go one step further to secure your photos (or you don’t plan to bring your laptop or tablet with you), you can upload the images to a reputable online photo storage service. There are a lot of choices for this – my recommendation would depend upon the devices you have. What’s most important is that you pick a reputable tool that has been around for a while, not a new service that just hit the market yesterday.

Here are some potential choices for online photo storage and backup:

If you’re using an online service like one of the tools listed above, you will need to:

  • Download any necessary applications to your smartphone well before you pack your bags.
  • Practice uploading some files so that you aren’t trying to learn while on your trip.
  • Know whether the app runs in the background or requires you to open it for your photos to upload.
  • Know whether you need wifi to run the application (most do). If you need wifi, look at your trip itinerary and figure out where (and when) you’ll have access to a network.

Again – let me stress that there are many variations of this process (smartphone or digital SLR camera, Mac or PC, laptop upload vs. online storage).

It doesn’t really matter what your process is, as long as you know it works and you understand how to upload your photos easily and save them to one specific location. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a hotel room pulling your hair out over technological frustrations when you should be relaxing and enjoying your vacation.

The photo upload process should be really fast and stress-free, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to practice doing it at home until you can implement it quickly and easily.

The other super-quick thing you want to do before you leave home is take a quick moment and put a large (gallon size) Ziploc bag into your suitcase. This will come in handy later.

Step Two: Uploading and/or backing up your photos while you’re on your trip

While you’re on your trip, upload your photos using the process you figured out ahead of time. Make sure you upload to a vacation album/folder. You should do this every couple of days, at a minimum — if you go too long between uploading sessions, the process can get time consuming because you’ll need to upload a lot of files at one time.

Review the photos quickly as you go through the uploading process, and delete the ones you know you don’t want to keep (like duplicates or blurry shots). Your photos should be listed in date order which should help as a reminder – at least of the photos you took each day. This can also help to remind you of photos you still want to take – such as the hotel where you’re staying or other things you can capture while you’re still on vacation!

Again, this process shouldn’t take a long time – about 10 to 15 minutes every couple of days should do it.

Step Three: Preserving the stories and memories from the trip

Gather the physical reminders. While you’re on the trip, throw all your memorabilia – all your ticket stubs, programs, maps, scraps of paper, brochures, paper menus, stories or quotes written on napkins, funny sayings or jokes from the trip, etc. – into your gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Anything that will trigger a memory later should go into the bag.

These mementos will help you remember all the details of your vacation later, when you’re putting together photos to display.

Jot down the memories and stories. The other thing you should do while you’re on the trip is take a few minutes each evening to write down what you did that day.  Then write down the basic itinerary of the day (whether you went to a museum, the beach, a relative’s house, or some other attraction) and jot down any quick memories or stories from the day.

If your kids are traveling with you, enlist them to help you with this process. Ask them to help remember the funny or interesting things that happened that day, and write it all down. This can fun for all of you!

This doesn’t need to be a long or complicated process, and you don’t need to sit along in a room writing out long and eloquent journal entries. You can make your list on a napkin or the back of a placemat at dinner. Make a fast and efficient list, put the date on the top, and throw that list in your memory bag, too.

Step Four: Double check your photos when you get home

Within a day or two after you return from your trip, take a couple of minutes to make sure you’ve uploaded and/or backed up all the photos, and that you’ve got your memory bag in a safe place.

When you’re ready, you can display your photos by putting them in albums, frames, videos, or slideshows. You’ll have a lot more fun with this process (and it will take far less time) because of the work you did to protect and organize your photos ahead of time.

Use the items in your memory bag (like ticket stubs, quotes, and itinerary notes) to piece together meaningful collections full of wonderful stories and memories. You can even scan some of those items and include those images in your albums, frames, or videos.

For more information on designing themed albums around your trips or other adventures, check this blog post: 9 Steps to Designing a Themed Album.

Headache-Free and (Easy-to-Share) Vacation Photo Collections

Imagine being able to come back from your vacation, unpack your suitcase, and put your feet up, knowing your great trip memories are safe and secure.

Your photos are protected, your stories are preserved, and the memories of this trip will now last a lifetime.

Feels good, right?

And it only takes a few steps to make this vision a reality. Follow this process, and you’ll go from having messy, disorganized vacation photos to creating organized vacation albums full of heartwarming images, funny stories, and wonderful memories.

Do you need help with organizing and displaying your vacation photos from previous trips (or developing a plan to protect and organize your future trip photos)? That’s our specialty here at Picture This Organized! Get in touch with us to discuss your project.

How Photos Help Us in Times of Grief and Loss

How Photos Can Help Us in Times of Grief and Loss

In May, we lost our family dog, Otto. His death was very sudden, and it has been a big loss for me, my husband, and our three kids.

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Otto was a huge presence in our lives. He was a typical goldendoodle – big, happy, and overly friendly in the most lovable way.

Otto was my husband Tom’s daily companion — his shadow who followed him throughout the house. He sensed Tom’s gentle personality, and Otto would often nudge his arm off the desk to get some extra attention while Tom was working.

To me, Otto was a gentle soul who came to comfort me when I was tired or anxious. He’d accompany me on long walks or runs, and was a calming companion and buddy.

Although my oldest son Ben was not living at home for most of Otto’s life, his visits were always greeted with the same enthusiastic greeting that Otto gave the rest of the family. When Ben would throw a lacrosse ball or a frisbee to him, Otto enjoyed the chase – yet he was completely uninterested in returning them!

Anytime my daughter Molly came home from college, Otto always slept near her. He would lay his head on her bed as a way of asking permission to jump up on the bed for some cuddle time.

Otto also helped my son Sam through some tough teenage years, when he was having a hard time in high school and was struggling with health problems. Otto kept Sam company during many sleepless nights.

Since Otto died, our photos of him have helped our whole family grieve. When we look at pictures of him, his joyful life and personality comes back to us. We can remember all the things we did together, we can recall wonderful happy memories, and we can tell stories and laugh as we remember Otto’s amusing antics.

I’m so glad we have a big collection of photos of Otto, so we can remember him as he was in the prime of his life – happy, attentive, and loving.

And as my family looked at old photos of Otto after he died, it got me thinking about the part photos play in our grieving process.

How Our Photos Help Us Grieve

When we lose important people in our lives, our photos can bring back memories of them, and help us remember everything that made them special and unique. They help us keep that person alive in our minds, through stories and memories — and that’s an important part of making sure our loved ones’ legacies live on.

When we lose people (and pets!) who are special to us, we often tend to dwell on how they died. If the person was sick for a long time with a terminal illness, the memories of the person’s health struggles often stay first and foremost in our minds when we think of that person. Or if we feel any guilt about the person’s passing, we often focus on that.

We can get a kind of tunnel vision for the end of a loved one’s life — which is a totally normal and common experience.

But this is where our photos can help. Photos bring our loved ones’ whole, complete lives back to us – not just their passing.

Our photos can remind us of:

  • The unique way they lived.
  • Their personalities, passions and hobbies.
  • How they impacted our lives, and why they were so important to us.
  • The memories (and moments) we most want to remember when we think of them

3 Ways Photos Can Help You After You’ve Experienced a Loss

1. Looking through photos after you’ve lost a friend or family member.
It can be healing and helpful to look at pictures of the loved one you’ve lost – whether it’s one day, one month, or one year after he or she has died. It’s healthy to hold on to old memories — you don’t need to cast them off in a forced effort to “move on.” Spend time going through old photo albums or image files, and reflect on the happy and memorable times you had with your loved one. Reminiscing can make you feel better when you are missing your loved one, and sharing stories and photos with your family and friends can help keep memories of your loved one alive. That sharing process can also help you work through your grief. Don’t forget to tell the funny stories, too – laughter can be healing!

2. Displaying your loved one’s photos.
Our clients often ask, “Is it okay for me to display photos of my deceased friends or family members?” People often shy away from putting photos of people who have died into their albums or frames, but sometimes it’s far more painful to rid your house of all photographic evidence of these loved ones. It can be healing and comforting to have photos of people you miss around your home. When you’re trying to choose photos to display, the key question you should ask yourself is, “Does this image bring to mind a happy or sweet memory, or does it just make me feel sad?” If the photo makes you feel happy or eases your grief, think about displaying it in one of your albums or frames. If not, it’s okay to keep the photo in storage for now.

3. Memorial tribute videos
A slideshow tribute video, made up of photos of a loved one, is a lovely and meaningful way to say goodbye to a friend or family member during a funeral or memorial service. As part of our services for Picture This Organized, we often work with clients to create tribute videos. If you’re creating your own tribute video, remember that the main purpose of your video is to illustrate how the person lived. Select photos that share the person’s hobbies, passions, and interests, and showcase the friends and family members who were most important to him or her. You don’t need to represent every person in the deceased person’s life (or every moment they lived) – you just need to show the highlights. We typically arrange the tribute photos chronologically, starting with baby photos and moving up through the present day. Need to know how long to make your tribute video? If the video will be shown during the service, then 6 to 8 minutes is plenty. If you will be showing the tribute in the background during a reception or other gathering, then you can make it longer.

The Healing Power of Photos

When we’ve experienced a significant loss, our photos are more than just snapshots of the past – they can be a powerful tool for helping us grieve, memorializing our family members and friends, and reconnecting us with meaningful moments.

Of course, you should always be gentle with yourself during a time of grief. Losing a loved one is incredibly hard, and the healing process can look very different for different people.

Do you have a story of how photos have helped you deal with a loss in your family or community? We would love to help you preserve and share those memories. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

Vacation – Remembering the Stories

A vacation is like love – anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia.” -Author Unknown

Going on a vacation is an opportunity to experience new places and bond with your fellow travelers. The stories that keep those memories alive risk getting lost without a system for saving them. It doesn’t have to be complicated.  All you need to remember is Who, What, Where and When. 

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Most smartphones have a Notes feature where you can record each day’s events. I’m old fashioned and prefer to use a journal. Get creative! One year we didn’t have pen and paper handy so we used the closest option – a dinner napkin and a crayon!

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Who is in your group?
I know this seems like a no-brainer, but write down the names of the travelers in your group.
You’ll be thanking yourself when it’s time to share your photos with everyone!

 

IMG_1285Where did you go? If this was a destination trip, then the location is easy to document. But if you make lots of stops along the way, you might need some help recalling each place. Enlist the help of your travel friends if you don’t have an itinerary.

When did you travel? Check the clock on your camera or smartphone so that the time is in sync with where you vacation – when you arrive.

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What did you do each day? Did you try something new to eat? Making note of the funny experiences and stories are high priority. Write them down as soon as you can. Anything that falls into the category of “We will laugh about this someday” is a great story to share.

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What you photograph can help to jog your memory.  So take a picture of yourself next to a sign, the front of the restaurant or even the menu.

So for your next vacation, bring a journal, check your camera clock and enjoy each moment! After you get home, if you want some help organizing your photos, contact us, we can help you find your favorites!

Writing the Holiday Card Letter

So you’ve decided the write a letter to include with your holiday card. Every year you’ve read the letters from your friends and thought to yourself “I’ll do that next year.” Well this is it!

If you’re like me, you have a favorite style that you look forward to reading. And it’s likely not the 3-page version that chronicles each and every event that occurred in the family’s past 12 months! In the final part of this series, I’ll share some pitfalls to holiday letter writing and some suggestions for sharing the best of your year!

Guidelines for Writing a Holiday Letter (that everyone will read)!

  1. Sharing accomplishments can be tricky. If you only include the highlights without sprinkling some real life challenges along the way, it can be off-putting. 
  2. Don’t use a tiny or script-type font that’s barely distinguishable. If the average reader needs a magnifying lens to read your letter – it’s too small.
  3. Share milestone events without too much elaboration. I’d venture to guess that most mailing lists include a mix of close friends, family and those we only communicate with during the holidays. I’m going out on a limb here, but in my opinion, most readers aren’t interested in the elaborate details.  
  4. Medical updates are another tricky area. Our loved ones care about our health but unlikely to be interested in the gory stuff. So if you’re thinking about how to include the x-rays from your latest operation, guess again! Just sayin!
  5. Poems can be fun to write and nauseating to read. They can be cute or downright cheesy. Is that what you’re going for? Just my opinion.
  6. Be careful how you share your travels because frankly, it can sound braggadocious. “We took a trip to Italy” sounds better than “Our luxury trip to Italy started with a private guide through Florence.” Even if the second version is true, why are you sharing this?
  7. Who really cares about your letter? If you’ve keep it brief and newsy, it might work to share it with the whole list. However, do your work acquaintances care about your children’s achievements? Might want to spare them the trouble.  
  8. Do you have something to share? Some years have more news/updates than others. The photos can be the update. Wouldn’t you agree that a photo of your daughter’s wedding tells the story?
  9. Include a hand-written note. Even if you’ve included a letter, you could at least sign your name or include a short phrase such as “Always look forward to hearing from you”. 

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Writing a holiday letter doesn’t have to be difficult. You can involve your family and let each person write their own year’s summary. If you would like some help with this process, contact us. We can help you share your year’s story.

Choosing the Right Photos for your Holiday Card

This is the year. You’re determined to send a holiday card and you want to include photos. If this is our first time down this road, there are a three considerations: timeline, people, and style.

What’s your Timeline?

Do you want this to arrive before the holidays? Or are you content with having it arrive sometime before the New Year chimes in? The timing can affect whether you can involve a professional photographer. You need to allow enough time for scheduling the photo shoot, ordering the card, processing (1-2 weeks) and then sending it. Some card companies offer a mail option which does all the work for you. However, that’s an extra cost to factor in.

Who’s in the Photo?

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The people to include in your card is a pretty important decision. If you want a family group photo, then there are more pieces to the puzzle.  But don’t despair, you might already have a photo that you can use. It doesn’t have to be taken within the past month. Something from the current year is best.   

What’s Your Style?

If you want something done professionally, then you’ll need to get this scheduled pronto. Some photographers have Thanksgiving or holiday specials so if your family will be together at that time, you might just hit the timing perfectly. Select a photographer with experience so that your financial investment pays off. Portraits-1989-10 FamilyWe learned the hard way, that the local discount store deal isn’t always a sound investment. It does get the job done but not always a timeless decision. I’m thinking this faux fall background doesn’t exactly say “Classy” does it?  

Using a professional photographer is a good opportunity to kill two birds with one stone – to replace that out-dated photo on your mantle and to share on your holiday card!

If you go with some candid shots, these don’t have to be posed or even coordinated. Just look through photos you already have. Find moments that tell the story of a family event or milestone. Look for those photos that draw you in or capture rare events. Xmas Card 2012 Custom - Page 002You don’t have to use just one but be careful not to use too many. Keep in mind, the more photos, the smaller each one will be making it difficult to truly see the moment shared. Lesson learned….

You can easily take your own photo using your smartphone to get a pretty good picture. Just make sure you’re in good lighting. Coordinate the clothing so individuals don’t stand out. One person in a white t-shirt next to the rest of the gang in dark colors – you get the picture! A familiar environment such as your backyard can work nicely. Just pay attention to what’s in the background. Remember this is an opportunity to share an update on your family – it doesn’t need to be perfect.

For a themed photo, be mindful of your subjects. 1990-12_09One year we thought it would be cute to feature our son and the dog as “Santa and his Reindeer” theme. 1990-12_10Instead of Cute we ended up with Confused! Paying attention to the background would have been smart – notice the basket of tulips on the hearth!  

Making the Card

Selecting the photos is the hardest part. The next step is to select the card style and publisher. Over the years I’ve used Costco, Walgreens and Tiny Prints. Look for a style that matches your preferences and pricing to match your budget. Just upload the photos, add a personal message, your signature and place the order.

If you’d like some help with the mechanics of choosing photos and creating the card, let us know.  We’ve been down this road before and can help you get this done!  Just contact us and set up a phone call to learn more about how this works.

Next Step – Writing the Holiday Letter!

How to Create a Personal Holiday Card and Letter

It’s the holiday season – that time of year when holiday cards and letters arrive – in the mail!  This tradition can be a rare opportunity to reconnect with loved ones from our lives.  The card we choose, the photos we use and the message we send are telling indicators of our relationships and the things we value the most.  

We live in an age when we share more about our ideal selves and less about our true selves. Between trying to measure up to that standard and thinking about sending a holiday card, the whole process could feel absolutely overwhelming. In this 3-part series, I’ll share tips for easily creating a personal holiday card and letter. And you’ll see some real examples of the lessons my family has learned from our attempts at holiday cards through the years!

What’s the message you want to share?

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Our family enjoys opening cards with photos of our loved ones enjoying everyday moments and milestones together. Our holiday card is all about Christmas. We try to select photos that provide a visual update.  The past year’s blessings & challenges are shared in a short letter with plenty of humility and self-deprecating humor sprinkled in!  

So as you think about your holiday card, give some thought to the message you want to send this year. Next step, Choosing the Photos. If you like these ideas but want some help making it happen, contact us. We can help you!