Want to take your own photos this holiday season? Check out our DIY tutorial for amazing infant/baby holiday photos.
Sending out Christmas cards is something very important to me. Since my son was born, I vowed never to skip a holiday card no matter what else was going on. My reason? Kids really do grow up so fast, and one day when they fly the nest it will be nice to look back on our annual tradition and see how much they changed (or stayed the same) from year to year.
For the past two Christmases, I took my son’s photos by myself. With one small kid, it was super easy. Just park him in front of a Christmas tree with some props and take the pictures. Now that we’ve added our daughter to the mix, I decided to get professional photos taken this year. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to break the bank.
I found a coupon for Target Portrait Studios online. If we get the photos taken by October 31st, it’s only $49.99 for all your high-resolution images with no session fees. You might be thinking: isn’t October a little early for Christmas photos? And I’m saying no, definitely not. Especially if you want to get the photos printed and the cards sent out before Christmas week. Plus, the photography costs aren’t the only savings to consider.
Another think to consider is outfits. By the time mid-November rolls around, most holiday themed outfits are sold out and stores are starting to bring out spring lines rather than cozy, Christmastime wear.
(If you still want to DIY, I have a great tutorial on DIY holiday photos for infants. You really just need a nice setting/backdrop (any festive location will do), a laundry basket or gift box, and a fur-like blanket.)
Minted, where I order my cards for everything, offers 10% off your entire Holiday card order if you do it early. They also give you $25 off your first order with this referral code (and I get $25, too. So, thank you!). This can bring your total savings up to $40+ depending on which card you choose and how many you need to send out. Minted’s holiday cards are on cardstock, which is different than typical photo paper cards most services use. Cardstock is thick and luxurious. It will make your holiday cards stand out. I’ve also gone the postcard route from Minted to save money – and the postcards turned out really well. Let me be clear: I am not just trying to “sell” you so I get $25 credit. I’m buying my cards from Minted whether you do or not 🙂