As I usually do this time each year, here is the post on my annual holiday card production:
I do a studio-style shoot of the kids every year – mainly because these types of shots give the best representation / recording of what the kids look like. It is much easier to do these shots in my new house, as it’s much bigger with room to spread out. I did the shoot in the kitchen/family room. As you can see, I set up the backdrop right against the kitchen island.
Lots of my gear, including my umbrellas and extra light stands, are packed away somewhere. I went with a single light setup with a large umbrella out of necessity. The gear for this shoot:
- Westcott Collapsible 4×6 backdrop
- Alien Bee B800 flash
- 36″ silver umbrella
- Canon 5D Classic
- Canon 85mm f1.8 lens
- manual mode
- ISO 100
- 1/160 sec.
For this year’s card, I decided to go with ProDPI’s 4×8 flat cards. They come in packs of 25 cards (including envelopes) for about $18. Here is the template:
From here I simply sized some images and drag and dropped them into place. Don’t worry about the black edges, they will be trimmed.
Here’s the front side:
and the back:
My holiday card design philosophy is to keep it simple, use every square inch of real estate and focus on the images. No extraneous design elements allowed.
That’s it! The studio shoot took about 1 hour from set up to tear down, and the layout/design took another hour. 2 hours total. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
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