5 Holiday Card Tips, from a photographer

One: Plan Ahead

Start brainstorming your Christmas photos and card concept far in advance and hire your photographer sooner rather than later. I personally always try to start advertising the RDP yearly holiday sessions during late Summer or Early Fall so you will have plenty of time to plan. However, these do typically sell out in minutes so never wait around to book. The holidays are busy season for all photographers so the likelihood of you grabbing a spot in our calendars becomes lower and lower the longer you wait.

Two: Keep it Simple

Avoid cluttering your card with too many elements. Choose a clean and minimalistic design that highlights your stunning image(s). Simplicity can make your card more visually appealing and bring more attention to the people on the card.

Three: Invest in Quality Images

As I stated, the holidays are the busiest time for photographers and there are a lot of holiday session options to choose from. The most important thing to remember when you are choosing your holiday photographer is to invest into quality images over quantity. When sending Holiday cards out to family and friends you want them to exude elegance and stand the test of time to be displayed for years to come, investing in quality work is something you will never regret. (Personally, I only regret the times I have not done so.....)

Four: Make a Christmas Card List

Write down the names of all of the friends and family you may want to send a card out to well in advance in order to allow yourself time to reach out and gather everyone's addresses. Creating a list super last minute could lead to someone being left out! (Bonus tip: purchase a few extra cards so you have some on hand if you remember someone else you'd like to send one to.)

Five: Avoid Sending Late

Remember, early is on time and on time is late! November and December are the busiest months for not only photographers but also the post services. With this in mind, it is always a great idea to send your cards earlier than you might anticipate the need to. I personally always try to have my cards ready to send by the last week of November so that the recipients will be able to display them all December long!

I hope these tips help you create and send out the perfect holiday cards for your family and friends. Especially as military, it is a great way to let everyone know you're thinking about them even when you may not be able to go home for the holidays.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Rachel D Photography!