Thursday, December 20, 2012

Be Merry!

I didn't have the energy or the time this year to take photos specifically for our Christmas card.  Weird, I know.  So no holiday card photo shoot.  Instead, I decided I'd take Sammi to the mall and get her picture taken with Santa, in hopes that the photo would be usable.  While I've never had a bad mall Santa pic, there's always a first time, especially when the waste of paper joy we spread through the mail to our friends and family around the world, just waiting for its temporary spot in the holiday home decor of so many, is riding on it.  Turns out the photo wasn't bad.  Not at all!  And with the $20 Shutterfly credit I got as part of the photo package, I just couldn't go wrong.

To be honest, the only reason I wanted to pay for the package of photos of Sammi with Santa was so I could get my own photos of the moment, standing behind the mall's photographer, snapping away.  And as it turns out, I got the better pic. 

I couldn't possibly have asked for a better photo, actually. 

Whenever I try to put Shutterfly code into my blog to share my projects, it doesn't work, and all I can do is provide a link to the item.  So, since I actually ran out of cards this year (I actually ordered more so I wouldn't run out!), I created my own version of the card to print out on photo paper, and here it is.  The difference between this and the actual card is really just the font, and the fact that there's a 2nd side with a small pic of the mall's photo that I purchased. 

My photo (not posed, I might add - Santa just happened to be straightening his hat when Sammi leaned up for a kiss - what LUCK!!):

 
 

Mall's photo:
 


 
 
Merry Christmas to all of you out in the blogosphere, and Happy New Year!!  I hope your holidays are all merry and bright, as ours are certain to be!


16 comments:

Jess said...

I love the photo you took! Soooo adorable! You couldn't have planned it better. Did you ask why she wanted to kiss him? lol Very cute!

Meg said...

Happy holidays and great photo! (A reader who never comments but enjoys your blog!).

Deanna said...

oh my word way too cute!!!!!

Lisa said...

adorable!!!!

Jenny said...

Oh my word, cutest pictures EVER!!

Monique said...

Cute! I agree your shot is MUCH nicer :-) Merry Christmas!

Sharon Edwards said...

Your picture is adorable! Definitely better than the mall picture.

Lisa Morguess said...

That IS the best Christmas card photo ever!! Absolute awesomeness!!

Anna Theurer said...

Wow! no lie on the best Santa photo ever!!!!!

The Sumulong 3 said...

Couldn't be any sweeter! Merry Christmas!

Renee said...

I love your photo. Today, when we were with Santa, I wondered if I could take my own photos. I should have asked. There was no one in line and he spent a lot of time talking to the kids.

teal915 said...

That is the greatest picture. It should be in a contest or something.

Anna said...

Just.love. It! It's awesomeness!

Anna said...

I love it! Really awesome photo and the font is the perfect touch.

Rochelle said...

Best picture ever! Love it!

Anonymous said...

Thank u so much for my card we love it!

April narretto