Every year, I would spend hundreds on family photos because I figured I'd get great pictures. After a few disappointments, I decided a couple of years ago I would start taking my own family portraits. If they didn't turn out, I could always go find yet another photographer. The last two years have been interesting using a tripod, timer and running back and forth, but we were able to actually get a lot of great pics, some of my all time favorites.
This year, I solicited my sister to snap the pictures for me since it is a lot easier than arranging everyone and trying to snap the pictures while being in it as well. I generally scope out a location that I love, but this time, we winged it. My husband suggested a local park I'd never been to and to my amazement, it had a secluded path that was completely private.
We had 1 hour of overcast (according to the internet) so we had to work quickly. I decided this year, I wanted to have fun Christmas cards so I made A. wrap lights around us because he is the mischievous one in the family. I am so happy with the results.
Then, I went home and added text using photoshop and voila I have my Christmas card. I love it!