Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Traditions: Sew Rugged @ Bear Rabbit Bear

Hi! Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season. I'm Melanie, and I blog over at Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear. In the past few weeks, I've been re-focusing my blog, so I'd like to invite you by and let me know what you think of the changes! I write about a variety of crafts, sewing, and DIY topics, and I have a weekly link party on Thursday. A great big "Thanks!!" to Ashley for letting me guest post at her blog today.

Today I'll be sharing our annual Christmas tradition of Family photos. I'm sure many of you share this same tradition, but we try to make what can be somewhat stressful as fun as possible. Speaking of which, here's a sneak peak of our Christmas card photo:

HA! I'm just kidding! That's not our Christmas card photo. It was just a funny pic my gun enthusiast hubby wanted to do. I did it in exchange for a serger. Not a bad deal, huh?

Before Princess came along, my hubby and I included our furry babies in our Christmas card photo. Here's one of our early card shots:

Now, combining a two year old with the dogs is a recipe for disaster. We miss them in our photos, but including them would probably mean no photo at all. I was super happy with our Christmas card pictures for this year. Here's a sneak peak at a few of the real photos:

Do you get your family together for photos each year? If you do, then you know that Christmas photos actually take time to plan- the worst experiences I've had are when I have tried to prepare for the photo session on the fly. Family outfits are the first thing to decide. Here are a few things I try to keep in mind when planning our family outfits:
  • I'm not big on being too "matchy-matchy". I like the coordinating look better. We all wear similar colors or colors that go well with one another. Of course, this is entirely opinion, but it works for us.
  • Try to have a couple of outfit options. I choose at least two for each member of our family. I make sure that I can typically keep the same jewelry for each outfit for myself to same time in changing. Lay the outfits, shoes, and accessories out the night before to keep from searching for items right before the session.
  • I dress Princess the milli-second before the photo session. Any earlier, and her outfit will be covered will be cheerios and markers. 

Do you use a certain location for photos? Here's a few tips that I discovered on choosing the locale:
  • If you are taking photos outdoors, choose a familiar place. Not only will it be easier to find appropriate backgrounds, but the kiddos will be less likely to want to explore their new surroundings if you at a much visited location. 
  • We're lucky to live in a rural area, so we simply have to walk outside to find backdrops that are free from image clutter. If you don't have this luxury, rely on your photographer or friends to recommend a great place. 
  • Have a back-up plan! Even if the weather is nice for outdoor photos, other complications (like construction, etc.) could interfere.

I hope you've found this information useful for planning your next family photo session. I'd like to extend a personal invitation to stop by my blog and "follow" along. If you like to sew and want to spruce up your bedroom, stay tuned to my blog for a big announcement regarding a New Year, New Room Pillow Sew-Along!

A great big "Thanks!!" to Ashley for letting me guest post at her blog today. I hope you'll take time this busy holiday season to stop by Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear. Check out a few of my other posts, like my Santa TuTu dress and Onesie to Toddler Shirt.

Merry Christmas!!


  1. Aw, what a very sweet family! I love those tips! I feel like our Christmas card picture always has a backstory to it. Just getting everyone to smile is not a small task. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you Lindsay for your sweet comment!


  3. Your gun picture is HILARIOUS! My husband would love it! Too funny. I'm your newest follower Ashley! Thanks,

  4. What great ideas and love the photos, especially the last one :)

  5. I showed your "gun enthusiast" photo to my husband and now he wants one. That picture was just awesome!

  6. Those pics are adorable!!! especially love that gun picture.


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