Our Family Christmas Photo

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  December 13, 2011 — 16 Comments

I checked one more item off my Christmas to-do list this weekend: take a family Christmas photo. I was actually kind of excited about it, seeing as puttering away at this little ‘ol blog for the past nine months has taught me a thing or two about taking pictures. Here are our Christmas photos from the last two years we were married:

2009

2010

While I don’t think you could top the cuteness of Sheila and Harold sporting hand-knit holiday accessories (crafted by yours truly) in 2009, or little baby Pistachio as just a kitten in 2010, there was definitely some room for improvement in the image quality department. I didn’t have a very good camera before, so those pics were shot with my iPhone. I still don’t have a very fancy camera, just a little Canon point and shoot, but paired with a self-timer and a tripod I thought I could get a pretty good shot. My number one lesson in photography I’ve learned this year: take the picture during the day. Also, while we stood in front of the tree last year, I decided that with two grown cats and a dog we’d be better off sitting down. Here are some of the outtakes:

Lesson learned: ten seconds is not a lot of time to position yourself in front of the camera and wrangle three animals. Fortunately, my friend Brandi was on her way over to ride to our work Christmas party together, and when she arrived she kindly agreed to help us out by pressing the shutter button. Things got much easier from there.

And, finally, the money shot. Everyone is looking at least in the general direction of the camera and no one is trying to run away.

I was showing a little more leg than I felt comfortable sharing with the world, though (although apparently that hasn’t stopped me from posting it on the internet), so I did a little cropping. I also played around with the exposure and saturation while I was at it. Here’s the final result:

Ta-da! I guess if you’re on my Christmas card recipient list this totally spoils the surprise, but here it is mocked up with the photo card design we chose from Vistaprint.

Annnnd you know what I just realized? The letter T is supposed to be in the center of that green medallion, but I forgot to enter it in the form. Even though I just placed the order last night it’s too late to change it. Ugggghhhh I’m so aggravated with myself! I guess it just looks like a little wreath or something without it. Maybe when I get them here I’ll try adding the monogram with my computer and printer, but if it doesn’t work out it’s not the end of the world. Right? That’s what I’m going to keep telling myself so it doesn’t ruin my day.

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16 responses to Our Family Christmas Photo

  1. Kate Tryforos Dobbins December 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Very cute! Your outfits are adorable too :) Our first Christmas card also involved the dog, but luckily it was a picture from our engagement shoot so a professional was in charge. Amazingly, the dog was the most photogenic one in the picture! I don’t know how we’ll be able to top it for next year. Happy Holidays!

    (PS – I just LOVE your blog, giving me great ideas for my future house!)

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap December 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Thanks, Kate! By the way, I love the name Kate for a girl. Nick keeps pointing out to me that he has a cousin named Kate but I don’t care. If I ever have a girl she will definitely be a Kate. Hope you don’t think it’s awkward!

  2. Don’t worry about the big T, I don’t think it’s missing anything :)
    Cute picture!

  3. Nick looks like he’s strangling the cats in the 5th one down, lol.

  4. It looks great!!!

  5. Janet (Country Mouse December 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Very nice!! I am amazed that you got your critters to pose, finally..

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