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Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to Take Family Pictures with a Toddler + $125 Minted Giveaway (2 Winners)!!



Shane, Leighton and I finally got around to taking family Christmas pictures last weekend.  And let me say, I'm glad I don't have to do that for another year.  If you're thinking about taking pictures with your toddler, don't.  Just kidding yall!  Leighton has been a little clingier and fussier over the last month so it was a bit of a challenge, but I think we still ended up with some pretty cute pictures.  To help the other moms out there, I'm going to share my 5 tips to help you survive family pictures.  Make sure to keep reading to enter the giveaway for free Christmas Cards from Minted! 

1.  Buy a bottle of wine.  Drink it, and then take pictures.  Just kidding!  First of all, use a photographer that you know and like.  Preferably one that you've used with your children before.  And make sure he or she is good with kids.  It can make all the difference!  You don't want your toddler to be fussing and all the adults to be stressed.  You need someone who is patience and calm and doesn't mind waiting for that perfect moment.

2.  Pack snacks and toys.  I hate to say it, but bribery works sometimes, and I'm not above it to get a good shot.  If you're there shooting for a couple hours which is pretty normal, odds are that you're toddler will get fussy and hangry.  Pack snacks and toys to help keep them from being quite so grouchy.

3.  Bring help.  I ALWAYS recommend one extra person.  My mom or my sister almost always come to help me.  You need to focus on being in the picture.  Your toddler has to be in the picture.  And the photographer has enough to worry with to make sure they get that shot.  You need that one extra person to help change your toddler, jump up and down and get their attention or make them laugh or smile for the camera.  I promise, you'll thank me (or the person who you bring with you to help!)

4.  Be prepared.  Have all outfits organized that you want you and your toddler to wear.  Have any props packed with you.  Talk to your photographer ahead of time to let them know what you are looking for.  Keep a list of any special ideas you may have in mind like a kissing shot or one where you're holding your little one in the air.  You don't want to forget and leave anything out after a long morning of shooting.  And while I'm thinking about it, shoot at the time of day that your toddler is the most happy.  Leighton is always happiest in the morning, and she gets cranky at night.  So we always shoot first thing in the morning after she has had her milk and breakfast.

5.  Try to relax.  If you're stressed, your toddler will pick up on that too.  And it will just stress everyone out.  It's important to try to stay calm and remember they're just pictures.  Adjust your expectations if you need to.  Maybe you wanted your photoshoot to be magical and perfect.  Well, that may not happen until your toddler is 5 and doesn't get so cranky or tired and throw tantrums.  That shot that maybe wasn't perfect may end up being just perfect enough.  After all, we take pictures to remember a certain point in time.  We might as well have those memories accurately reflect what life with a 2 year old is really like.  ☺ 


As long as it took to get our family pictures, it took almost just as long to pick out Christmas cards.  There are SO many great designs at Minted.  This is my second year to order Christmas cards from Minted (you can see last year's cards here.)  Honestly, taking family pictures each fall, ordering Christmas cards and then mailing them out to friends and family has actually become one of my favorite Christmas traditions each year.  I look forward to documenting our lives each year and sharing them with friends.  I'm so excited to be teaming up with Minted again this holiday season to give 2 lucky readers $125 to spend on anything they want including Christmas cards.  

To enter:
1.)  Click here and enter your name and email address.
2.)  Leave me a comment below telling me what you would pick from Minted if you won.  Super easy!  Good luck yall!


62 comments:

  1. I'd choose the "branches framed" card! It's so classic but up to date looking!

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  2. I'd choose the "branches framed" card! It's so classic but up to date looking!

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  3. I would pick Warm & Cosy Holiday Cards by Stylisti.

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  4. I would choose a foil canvas! 23 have our cards done already but I just saw that Minted is now collaborating with PB Kids, so that makes me excited to use them in the future!

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  5. I love the snow much fun card!

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  6. Entered!! If I won, I would get some of the personalized notebooks. One for me and some for gifts! :)

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  7. I love the Merry & Bright holiday card:)

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  8. I'd choose the "branches framed" card!

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  9. Something from the Minimalist and Clean category. Maybe A Year in My Life.

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  10. I love them all, but really love the Wonderfully Merry!

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  11. I love the gold foil ones! I definitely would go with one of them! :)

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  12. Oh gosh, it's so hard to choose! It's a Wonderful Life design stuck out to me, and it would be fun to add that our daughter will finally be a big sister on the card too 😉

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  13. I love Minted's personalized stationary options! Makes such a great gift.

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  14. I would get the wonderful merry card.

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  15. What a thoughtful giveaway! I always love the beautiful designs Minted offers throughout the year but especially all the holiday cheer. This year's design will have to be The Holiday Headliner which perfectly sums up our year.

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  16. The pictures came out amazing!!!! Pray for me as we attempt ours next week!! Love every photo!! Minted is the BEST!!

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  17. I'd pick the Holiday Frame card! I also think the Modern Family Joy is cute!

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  18. The Retro Worded Tree card design by Lea Delaveris is my favorite ~ I have a photo that is perfect for it!

    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

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  19. I lovet the Merriest Greetings card.

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  20. Christmas cards! I haven't sent cards in years, it'd be great to win them.

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  21. LOVE the Gold Foil Holiday Frame cards.

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  22. I would pick up a gold foil map art print for my bar cart. So lovely!

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  23. I'd pick the dreamy winter florals. Love the letterpress style. I've gone with foil the last few years, so this would be a nice change.

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  24. I LOVE the ...it really is a wonderful life Christmas card. Merry Christmas!!

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  25. The real foil cards are all my favorite, but I think the best that coordinates with the picture I've got in mind for our card is Merry & Bright!

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  26. If I won I would pick the bountiful joy HOLIDAY CARDS.

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  27. They have so many neat options to choose from that it's difficult choosing one design. I think I would get the wintertide foil-pressed holiday cards.

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  28. stylish and merry is beautiful and simple:)

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  29. I would definitely choose the emblem!

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  30. I'd choose the Holiday Frame card!

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  31. I would definitely pick the Splash cards!

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  32. I would choose either the Retro Rectangles or the Boho Frame letterpress card. I love the texture of letterpress and the colors of these cards are so contemporary and cheerful!

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  33. I like the Merry Christmas Magic card for my family.

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  34. I would get cards with ruffled sides :)

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  35. I like the card varieties with foiled writing, there are so many designs I like!

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  36. I love the it really is a wonderful life card. So beautiful! We gave my 15 month old son puffs to eat during photos, which left us with a few chewing photos, but not many full on crying photos!

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  37. id get the texas print

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  38. I think I would choose one of the Christmas Table Runners. The Pine Forest is very pretty.

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  39. I would love the joyful geometry tree skirt!

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  40. I love these photos!! How cute is your little family!! It's just the 3 of us with our little girl and it's so special!!

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  41. Oh and I really like the foil cards!!

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  42. There are so many great ones! I love the John 3:16 one and the New Adventures one.

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  43. Y'all are s adorable! Such a beautiful family!

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  44. I'd love to get one of their tree skirts! Thanks!

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  45. I would love the doodle snowflake holiday ornament cards!

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  46. Love the Winter Brush cards. The foil is so pretty!

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  47. showflake cards are very pretty

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  48. Cards. Greeting Cards.

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  49. I would choose the pretty uneasy stripes pillow <3

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  50. Something for the house. Like placemats or throw pillows.

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  51. I would use it for my Christmas cards.

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  52. I would use it for wedding invitations

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  53. I would choose the photo calendars.

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  54. I already did our Christmas cards, but I still need "save the date" cards for our wedding! I love anything with Anchors, and I love the Down by the Sea wedding invitations!

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