Summer flew by, Fall is here, and the holiday season is going to be here before you know it! Before all the early birds order their Christmas Cards this year, we wanted to share some important guidance for photo cards… Though embarrassing photos are adorable to share at home and excellent for future blackmail purposes, it’s best to NOT put them on your holiday cards.
We’ve put together this list of 6 Kids Photo Christmas Cards No-No’s for your reading and viewing pleasure. Let us know what you think, if you’ve made these “mistakes” before, or received some real doosies from your friends and families in holiday seasons past. Enjoy!
The Classic Bathtub Shot
This classic photo is on most family’s walls, mantles, and albums and that’s exactly where they should be. Perfect for guaranteed smiles and laughs (and your future daughter-in-law or son-in-law’s amusement), the classic bathtub shot is best kept off of holiday cards.
The Toilet Shot
I feel this is a given, but I have seen a fair few people use these before, so it’s definitely on this list. Sharing potty training photos with the grandparents – acceptable. Sharing potty training photos with all your friends, families, and colleagues – not acceptable.
Picking Nose or Pants
Not too much elaboration required… Photos of your kids picking their nose or wedgies – please don’t share! I know this can be tempting because of the awesome expressions involved, but it’s just not a good idea.
Food All Over the Face
You invariably have a ton of hilarious photos with your baby or child’s face covered in whatever they are “eating” (term used very loosely). Again, great for the album – bad for the greeting cards.
Infant Hospital Photos
Pictures taken at the hospital are typically not the best quality. Between redness, rashes, head shape, and fluorescent lighting, hospital infant pics are not the way to go. A better idea is to wait til you get home, set-up a comfy area (and/or even a full scene), and capture an incredible photo that will stay on the recipients’ fridges all year long. One exception is if you have a holiday baby, and simply do not have the time to wait until you get home. In that case, changing the photo to black and white, and some other easy photo tricks, will ensure that your infant hospital photo is as good as it can be.
Pouting or Crying
The holidays are a time for spreading the cheer. Pouting and crying faces are not how you want your friends and family to see your precious miracle(s). A good test: if it makes you wince looking at it – not a candidate for your holiday photo card!
Share your photo Christmas card tips! We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.