HOLIDAY CARDS + PHOTOSHOOT DO'S & DON'TS

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HOLIDAY CARD TIME!! IF Y'ALL KNOW ME, YOU KNOW OF MY OBSESSION WITH GREETING CARDS, AND HOLIDAY CARDS ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST. I LOVE SENDING AND RECEIVING THEM YEAR AFTER YEAR FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AS A GLIMPSE INTO THE CHANGES IN LIFE. MARRIAGES, PETS, BABIES, NEW HOMES AND SO MUCH MORE, ALL EASILY SHOWN IN A SIMPLE CARD SENT TO THE ONES YOU LOVE. 

THE NEXT BIG QUESTION IS WHERE DO I BEGIN? I'D SAY BUDGET IS THE FIRST QUESTION. FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH YOU'RE WILLING TO SPEND ALONG WITH HOW MANY CARDS YOU WILL NEED, AND WORK FROM THERE. (DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE COST OF POSTAGE STAMPS!) ONCE YOU HAVE THE BUDGET DOWN, THINK ABOUT WHAT YOUR IMAGE IS FOR THE CARDS. ARE YOU THINKING CUTE, SILLY, DO YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL PROPS (ULTRASOUND PICS, HOME PICS...), THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU WANT TO TAKE THEM, AND WHAT TIME OF DAY WILL WORK BEST FOR YOUR IMAGE. FROM HERE, IT'S ALL PRETTY SIMPLE. MOST GREETING CARD WEBSITES WILL DO MOST OF THE WORK FOR YOU, WHICH IS WHY WE LOVE USING MINTED!

WE'VE BEEN USING MINTED FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED WITH OUR CARDS EVERY TIME WE ORDER THEM. SOME OF THE MAIN PROS TO ORDERING FROM THEM ARE:

1. THE OPTIONS -- THEY HAVE SO MANY PRE-MADE TEMPLATES TO CHOOSE FROM, AND YOU ARE ABLE TO NARROW DOWN THE OPTIONS BASED ON WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR IN A DESIGN.

2. THE QUALITY -- YOU CAN TELL AS SOON AS YOU SEND OFF YOUR ORDER THAT THE QUALITY OF THE CARDS IS GOING TO BE GOOD. THEY WORK WITH YOU ON PROOFING YOUR WORK, SO THAT ANYTHING FROM A MISSPELLED WORD OR A LOW RESOLUTION IMAGE ARE REVISED TO PERFECTION BEFORE THE CARDS ARE PRINTED.

3. FREE ADD-ONS -- MINTED HAS MANY DIFFERENT ADD-ONS THAT CAN MATCH ANYONE'S TASTE, BUT THE BEST PART IS THAT MOST OF THESE ARE FREE. MY FAVORITE ADDITION, AND ONE THAT SHOULD APPEAL TO EVERYONE IS THEIR FREE ENVELOPE ADDRESSING. YES, THIS MEANS NO SITTING AROUND FOR HOURS WRITING IN ADDRESSES! SUCH A BIG TIME SAVER, AND IT MAKES FOR A PRETTY ENVELOPE AS WELL!

4. THE SERVICE -- FROM HELPING WITH DESIGN QUESTIONS, TO PROOFING, TO SHIPPING, MINTED REALLY WORKS HARD TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE BEST PRODUCTS. THEY ARE TIMELY AND ALWAYS CONCERNED WITH HELPING YOU ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANT IN A PRODUCT.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE REASONS MINTED HAS BECOME OUR FAVORITE SHOP FOR ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING GREETING CARDS! 

 

WITH ALL GREETING CARDS, THERE IS OFTEN A NEED FOR PICTURES, AND THOSE ARE NOT ALWAYS EASY TO PERFECT. I'VE LISTED A FEW DO'S AND DON'TS, THAT WILL HOPEFULLY HELP YOU WHEN IT'S TIME FOR YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY SHOOT!

1. (DO) PLAN OUT WHAT YOU'RE WEARING -- DOES EVERYONE COORDINATE, DO YOUR CLOTHES FIT CORRECTLY, ARE THERE TOO MANY PATTERNS, OR NOT ENOUGH DEPTH IN COLOR SCHEME? ALL ARE THOUGHTS THAT MAY SEEM SILLY, BUT NEED TO BE THOUGHT OUT BEFOREHAND.

2. (DO) THINK ABOUT WHEN & WHERE YOU WILL BE TAKING THE PICTURES -- DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF YEAR, TIMING IS ALMOST ALWAYS KEY. THINK ABOUT WHEN THE SUN WILL BE RISING AND SETTING, AND IF YOUR VISION FOR THE IMAGE IS MEANT TO BE A DARKER OR LIGHTER SCENE. ALSO, HAVING AT LEAST ONE BACKUP LOCATION IN MIND MAKES FOR A LESS STRESSFUL SITUATION IN THE EVENT THAT YOUR TOP LOCATION IS UNAVAILABLE. 

3. (DON'T) WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE -- GIVE YOURSELF AS MUCH TIME AS YOU CAN, I NORMALLY TRY TO HAVE THE PICTURES SHOT ABOUT 6 WEEKS BEFORE AND TO HAVE THE DESIGN CHOSEN AND ORDERED ABOUT 4-5 WEEKS BEFORE. GIVING YOURSELF TIME ALLOWS FOR THE EDITING AND PROOFING TO NOT BECOME RUSHED. WHEN YOU'RE RUSHING, THERE IS MORE ROOM FOR ERROR.

4. (DON'T) STRESS THE SMALL THINGS -- IF THE PICTURES AREN'T PERFECT, OR YOU STAIN YOUR CLOTHES ON THE WAY TO THE SHOOT, DON'T STRESS! PICTURES CAN BE EDITED, AND WHO KNOWS, THE MINOR IMPERFECTIONS MAY TURN OUT CUTER THAN WHAT YOU INITIALLY EXPECTED. 

5. (DO) CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER YOU KNOW & TRUST -- WHETHER IT'S A FRIEND OR ONE OF YOUR GO-TO PHOTOGRAPHERS, YOU WANT TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WHEN SHOOTING. ALSO, WITH USING SOMEONE YOU KNOW, YOU WON'T BE OVERCHARGED BY SOMEONE CHARGING INCREASED PRICING FOR "SPECIAL OCCASION" SHOOTS.

6. (DO) HAVE FUN & CAPTURE YOU -- SPECIALTY SHOOTS SUCH AS HOLIDAY CARD SHOOTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FUN. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO CAPTURE YOU AND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE AT THAT TIME. SHOW PEOPLE WHAT HAS CHANGED OR WHAT HAS ALWAYS STAYED THE SAME. GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT WHEN THE CARD ARRIVES AT THEIR DOORSTEP!

SO WHETHER YOU'RE NEEDING SAVE THE DATES, WEDDING INVITATIONS, BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS, BABY SHOWER CARDS, HOLIDAY CARDS OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN, GIVE MINTED A GLANCE! CHECKOUT THEIR DESIGNS AND ALSO SIGN UP FOR THEIR EMAIL LIST. THEY ARE ALWAYS HAVING GREAT SALES, WHICH MAKES THEIR REASONABLY PRICED ITEMS EVEN MORE GREAT!

 

-- USE CODE WINTER17 FOR 15% OFF YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS WITH MINTED (EXPIRES 12.19)

-- USE CODE SHIP17 FOR FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING ON HOLIDAY CARDS WITH MINTED  (EXPIRES 12.19) 

 

I HOPE EVERYONE'S WEEK IS OFF TO A GREAT START! CHRISTMAS IS ONLY 13 DAYS AWAY!!

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