Here I am again talking about finding something that little bit different to give as a Christmas present and you cannot make anything more personal than using your lovely photos and memories to give as gorgeous bespoke Christmas gifts to friends and family.
I have worked with Snapfish previously and the choices for truly meaningful gifts gives you the option to create something perfect and unexpected.
So from calendars (I have a tradition of giving my parents a calendar with different photos of H every Christmas) through to cushions, mugs, ornaments, photo canvases, personalised phone cases, magnets, keyrings the list goes on and on, you really will find something that you like.
I created a gorgeous photo panel, it is so unusual and means so much to me as it is a photo of H when I was personally going through a difficult time and a day out that we had in the summer which lifted my spirits no end, it reminds me so much of the joy of having a child and how simple things can mean the most to people.
Now enough of me, have you thought about making personalised Christmas cards? This seems to be something that is becoming a bit of a trend now, we would have loved to have done some this year but needed all members of the family to be about to do it otherwise it would have looked a little odd so it is definitely something we will plan next year.
Snapfish have come up with a handy guide on how to shoot the perfect or maybe not so perfect personalised Christmas card.
8 Creative Tips to Shoot the Perfect Christmas Family Photo
1) Get an extra pair of hands. Rounding up the troops for a family shoot is tricky enough without the added stress of positioning the camera, setting the timer and then sprinting back into position. Grab a friend or neighbour to play director, you can always return the favour to spread some Christmas cheer!
2) Lighting, crucial to any photoshoot, it’s the trickiest of elements to get right. Natural light is your best friend, so if you’re indoor, set up near a window to take full advantage of the winter sunshine.
3) Look the part! Matching accessories will add a touch of festive fun and help take your shots to the next level; think Santa hats, woolly reindeer jumpers, or even matching Christmas mugs!
Product: Colourful Mugs, only £8.99, Snapfish.co.uk
4) Prop it up. Christmas is all about fun, so why not jazz things up with a few Christmassy props? Your family photoshoot doesn’t need to rely on the house being transformed into Santa’s Grotto or a Winter Wonderland – a few tinsel touches or the odd sprig of mistletoe will do the trick.
5) Pets complete your family! So whilst your puppy may be hell bent on getting his teeth around the fairy lights, including them in will be well worth the hassle when you see the finished result. (See Tip 6 for how to do this!)
6) Rewards (also known as bribery!) are the easiest way to keep pets and children interested! Guarantee their full attention throughout the photo shoot by keeping a suitable stash of treats to hand. (But keep them in separate bags… Health and Safety!)
Product: Photo Cushions, from £19.99, Snapfish.co.uk
7) Tell a Story. Snapping people when they least expect it often results in the best photographs. So tell a funny joke or encourage them to, and be ready to capture candid, relaxed moments instead of saying ‘cheese’ and hoping for a few stiff grins.
8) Keep it fun! Your family shoot doesn’t have to be a solemn occasion. Get everyone involved in the planning process and encourage them to contribute their ideas to make for a happy, relaxed atmosphere and a truly memorable shot.
Product: Photo Placemats, from £8.99, Snapfish.co.uk
So give it a go check out the http://www.snapfish.co.uk and create something beautiful and memorable this year, let your creative juices run wild! Even better post some pictures on my blog of the wonderful creations you have made I would be very interested to see. 🙂
Disclaimer – I was given some Snapfish product to review but all opinions are my own