The Big Reveal: Christmas Card Photo Shoot 2011

Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.

I looked at several websites for Christmas cards, but truthfully, I found my favorite at Just like last year!

They have the most enormous selection (and I am very picky!).

So our card is ordered and I thought……Ohhhh, I have to be all shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone about our Christmas card, because if I do, it won’t be a surprise.


I figure getting one in the mail (to have and to hold) is so much different than seeing it online. Plus, maybe I will give you ideas of how to do your card, just in time for Christmas.

Because if this doesn’t get you in the Christmas spirit. I don’t know what will.

If you can believe it, these did not make the cut (too many to choose from). But, I adore the girls in these beautiful dresses. The dresses are from a locally owned business called Oopsy Daisy Baby. The girls are on their website modeling some of the pettiskirt and legging combos. Most of them are under the leggings or holiday tab.

Jason & Angelia with the girls - Christmas 2011
The girls, Christmas 2011
Dad & the girls, Chrismas 2011

I sure had fun doing our cards this year. That is one good thing about being a photographer.

Since we haven’t got our tree(s) up yet, this was the next best thing (along with the chilly weather) to get me in the mood for decorating and shopping (and maybe some Starbucks hot chocolate too).

Has anyone else got their tree and Christmas decorations up?

This is the year!

This one…………2010.

Our TEN year from our 10-10-10 wedding.

A year when our family hit the puree button and blended well. We are ready for our FIRST holidays together. Almost.

Since, I met Jason I have wanted to do Christmas cards. But it seemed weird, not being married, and not being a “real” part of the family. So I didn’t, even though this picture would have made a great Christmas card last year.

Then I got my Nikon D3000 DSLR and laid my point and shoot to rest. THIS year without a doubt we are doing Christmas cards. I have the photo shoot all planned out and even have outfits for the dogs. Oh yes, I did!

I have chosen Shutterfly as my place to go for all things picture related. Some of you know I love photo books. It’s a great way to preserve, and album the precious pictures taken throughout the year. I created one for Molly’s birthday and the girls still love to read their special book. I hope to create Easter, Halloween, and Christmas books as well. These photo books will last long after their childhood, and well into their grown up years. It’s easier than you can imagine, they do all the work for you with pre-set templets for the books. So don’t be afraid to try, it’s a simple upload and a lot fun. Plus, you create a timeless gift for your children, parents, and grandparents.

Another thing I love? Calendars. My favorite gift to give (and the most useful). Normally, I would just buy from the store. But today, it’s very easy to create one for the people you love by clicking away with your mouse. Can you imagine the joy of a grandchild wall calendar to a grandparent? Especially one that lives far away. It’s an easy, meaningful gift that can be enjoyed every month of the year.

There are many other gifts to choose from as well, from photo mugs, mouse pads, and even Christmas ornaments.

The 2010 Holiday cards are my absolute favorite and that is why I am so happy about this year. I can’t believe all the choices. I have picked out a few and hope to have the photographs to match perfectly into one these designs.

I have NO idea which one I will choose. There are a plethora of choices. Click on any card to go to the other designs Shutterfly offers.

I know I am bragging on Shutterfly. It’s not just because I am so excited about Christmas cards this year (I totally am!). There is another reason too. They are behind the blogging community. They support bloggers and appreciate the words we write and they understand it can be a powerful marketing tool for a company that deserves the recognition. I am not a reviewer. I am not a giveaway blog. I am just me, just like you, but I can appreciate big companies reaching out to the little people. If you are a blogger click here. You’re welcome.

This year, at the end of my TEN year, I am NOT running to the store frantic on Christmas Eve. I am going to use what I love to do. Browse my photographs and find some great gifts. And if you want to know what Christmas card I pick? Makes sure I have your address.

Are we in the Holiday spirit yet? I know I am!

Have a great Saturday!