holiday photo outtake

I was a total delinquent on the holiday cards front this year. I came out of Thanksgiving all gung ho and with a pretty stinking adorable holiday photo idea. Then I got lazy. Then, as the boxes started pouring in, I got cheap. I decided I’d email a “card” to our friends and family, but I didn’t even make it that far. A Christmas morning Instagram shot that I also posted on Facebook was as good as it got.

But it did not come easily. Oh no.

In my experience, there are a few necessary ingredients to a holiday photo–and not all of them are easy to work with. Here’s what you’ll need next year for the perfect Christmas morning photo:

  • A pretty, twinkling tree and an abundance of (unopened) presents
  • Coordinating pajamas
  • An ornery toddler who wants nothing to do with you
  • An overflowing stocking with things much more interesting than you and your stinkin camera (even if that something is a cup)
  • bright eyed and bushy-tailed Christmas morning patience

Here’s a peek at what your process will look like as you struggle to get all of the ingredients to work together (in case you need proof, this year’s struggle looks an awful lot like last year’s holiday photo struggle):

holiday photo outtake“My drink and new cup are way cooler than anything you could be trying to do.”

holiday photo outtake“I’m ignoring you. I’m ignoring you. I’m ignoring you.”

holiday photo outtake“My little sister is so cute and silly.”

holiday photo outtake

“PRESENTS! Presents, presents, preseeeeents!”holiday photo outtake“This baby is cuckoooo!”

holiday photo outtake“Are we done yet?!”

holiday photo

“Fine. I’ll give you my cheese face if it means I can tear some paper.”

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.