Got Your Family Photo On? (A Giveaway from Shutterfly)

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Remember that bit about planning ahead? There are less than six weeks until Christmas. Yes, really. As we’ve discussed previously, a little advance planning can ensure that your holiday season won’t be a harried one.

If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to start thinking about the holiday greeting cards to send out this year. The process can be super simple if you use digital photos and order your cards online. I made the above card in about 60 seconds of clicking around on

But first you need some pictures. Oh my! After years of sweating it out, often in the snow, with hungry, crabby kids, we’ve started taking family photos when we’re relaxed and on vacation. But, if you didn’t snap your annual family photo yet, no worries.

Just listen carefully, Little Grasshopper.

FishMama’s Rules for Happy Family Photo Taking

  1. Make sure everyone is clean, fed, and relatively rested. Change any diapers that need it.
  2. Let your people know what you’re doing in terms that they can understand. We want to give Nanna a pretty picture of us for her wall. It will make her so happy.
  3. Set up the shot in advance of hauling out the kids. They are going to be fidgety enough without having to wait for you to figure out what you’re doing. We have always taken pictures ourselves with the help of a tripod or a cleverly placed fallen log (as above). Don’t make the kids stand and smile while you get your act together.
  4. Be quick and decisive. Give directions with the reassurance that the quicker they cooperate, the quicker we move on to bigger and better things.
  5. Have a bigger and better thing ready to do.
  6. No crying allowed. Not even you dads.
  7. Don’t sweat it. It’s just a picture. It’s not worth an argument, tears, or worse. You’re a happy family, for pete’s sake.

And if that doesn’t work?!

As you can imagine, getting eight people to look decent in a picture is always a challenge. And we don’t always have time to set up a tripod or find a fallen log. If all else fails, make a composite greeting card with lots of different photos, like this one.

The predesigned layouts on Shutterfly make it super, super easy to just drag and drop your photos onto the card.

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In fact, in order to help families get the most out of their holiday greetings, Shutterfly has all sorts of good tips and tricks on their Shutterfly Family Photo Site that shares ideas for a Family Photo Day.

Shutterfly’s currently holding a CardWorthy Photo Contest on their Facebook page from now until December 9. You can upload a photo into one of their 2012 holiday cards. There are different themes featured during each of the four weeks of the contest. The grand prize is a dream trip for a family of four with the winner choosing the destination!

Shutterfly regularly has some amazing deals and specials throughout the year, but especially during the holiday times. You can follow them through a number of social media channels in order to keep up to date with what they have going on:

Win a $100 promo code from Shutterfly

This week one Life as MOM reader will win a $100 promotional code for Shutterfly.

The code is good until 03/14/2013 (11:59 P.M. PST). Offer is good for $100 off total order at Order must total more than $100 before taxes and other charges in order for discount to apply. The code can not be combined with other promo codes. Offer valid for one-­‐time redemption per billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply.

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  1. Terra Jones says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway!! I’ve got my fingers crossed. Money is ridiculously tight this year, and unless we win something, I doubt friends & family will be seeing our face in our mailbox this year…so sad, as I look forward to sharing, and receiving, holiday cards every year!

  2. A few tips that help make a better family photo.
    #1. Staging talke all items like sweaters wrapped around waste and waist packs and place in a pile off to the side.
    #2. Similar colored shirts help make the photo better two or three colors for the entire family.
    #3. Try an unusual stance of your people / Standing straight is not the key . Displace weight on one leg place one foot forward or just stair step kids etc.

    These three items will make a photo more than a snap shot.

  3. “Don’t make the kids stand and smile while you get your act together.” Love this! Made me smile. 🙂

  4. I love Shutterfly and was just thinking the other day… need to get those cards made. Shutterfly really makes it easy. Finding the perfect pictures on the computer is what takes up time. I always do a collage because it is practically impossible to get a nice shot of everyone. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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