4 Photo Tips to Create the Best Holiday Photo Cards

It’s that time of the year when you might be preparing your photos for your family holiday photo cards! And we can help!

It’s no secret that we love photography. Well, I love looking at the photos my sister loves taking.  So that makes us a well-rounded, photography-loving pair. Head over to our new Minted store and check out our store front to see what I mean!

To top it off we both love designing, so imagine what a delight it is for us to create cute photo cards. We embarked on the photo card journey last year guided by Mpix. This will be our second year exploring this industry with them and we have expanded our horizons and started designing for their Design Market platform, which targets photographers or anyone in need of digital photo card templates.

4 photo tips to make the best holiday photo cards! Plan your photo first using these simple and easy tips, then choose your templates! -DariDesignStudio.com

While creating our templates, we teamed up with photographers Lora and Ted from Swinson Studios. Their work is gorgeous!!

Ordering photo cards during the holiday season can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

We have gathered our favorite 4 photo tips to help you create the best holiday photo cards:

1. Try to choose your card before taking the picture: This way you will have a better idea during the photo shoot of what type of photos you need. Instead of having to go with a design you don’t like much just because it’s the only one that works with the photos you have.

4 photo tips to make the best holiday photo cards! Plan your photos first using these simple and easy tips, then choose your templates!

2. Be mindful about the colors you and your family will be wearing: Pairing up a photo with the right colors to a coordinating card design is MAGIC! If you are going with a traditional Christmas card, make sure the photo contains Christmas red as an accent. Maybe it could be a sweater or a scarf. Often we have to turn the photo black and white because the colors clash too much with the card design.

4 photo tips to make the best holiday photo cards! Plan your photo first using these simple and easy tips, then choose your templates! -DariDesignStudio.com

3. Choose candid over posed photos: Candid photos show movement, feelings, activities, emotions and family in a way that’s more appealing than an ecstatic photo does. Don’t get us wrong, you might want to include a posed photo somewhere in the card, however we recommend that you try to draw attention using a main candid photo.

Christmas Cards templates at DesignMarket.com -Dari Design Studio

4. Create a Pinterest inspiration board: Use a board to have some photo ideas before you arrive at your photo session (you can do the same thing even if you are having a casual photo day). Don’t count on your photographer’s repertoire only. You know yourself and your family better than the photographer. A photo session can be already intimidating so make sure to arrive prepared with some ideas in your mind.

Follow Dari Design Studio’s board Photo ideas for holiday cards on Pinterest.


We hope our tips help you with your holiday photo cards this year. All the cards shown in this post are made with our digital holiday photo card templates in Design Market. You can get the template, use it for your cards and then order to print. We would love to see what photo and card you picked. Send us a photo or post it on social media with hashtag #daridesignphotocards.

4 photo tips to make the best holiday photo cards! Plan your photo first using these simple and easy tips, then choose your templates! -DariDesignStudio.com

Here are a few more of the cards in our collection, we hope you love them as much as we do! If you would like to get notified when we have new photo cards designs, please come over and sign up here for our newsletter.

4 photo tips to make the best holiday photo cards! Plan your photo first using these simple and easy tips, then choose your templates! -DariDesignStudio.com

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