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We feel you — this season comes up faster than we can say "winter wonderland," and in the midst of gatherings and decorating, we sometimes forget what matters most: putting pen to paper and sending our best to the ones we love. Fear not — we've compiled our 9 favorite photo ideas this holiday season that celebrate simplicity and imperfection. You're steps away from your easiest (and best!) holiday card yet.
Okay, yes (a bit captain obvious) — but your holiday card photo doesn't have to be a brand new image. We know your iPhone is probably chock-full of share-worthy photos that would pair perfectly with our holiday card line. Best part? Your phone photos will print beautifully — just ask @aimeemazzenga & @jonnymendez23.
Find: Your favorite photo from the year
Bring: Your iPhone and download the AU iPhone App to make your card in minutes
Pair with: Bordered Love Holiday Card
The best moments are often captured in the place you know best. Assemble your crew, set up a tripod and capture life as you know it just like @timcoulson.
Find: A spot in your home (clean walls are welcomed!)
Bring: A tripod
Pair with: Simplest Things with Gold Foil Holiday Card
No snow needed. Make your holiday card bright by finding a colored wall like @deunivory. Grab a friend and you'll have your holiday card photo captured in minutes.
Find: A bright wall
Bring: A friend to take the photo
Pair with: All That’s Unwritten with Copper Foil Holiday Card
If 98% of your photos are of your little one – this tip is for you. Grab a handful of your favorite images like @masakathryn and give your family a card they'll want to keep on the fridge year-round.
Find: Your favorite micro-moments of the year
Bring: Nothing; this one's hands free!
Pair with: With Love Grid Holiday Card
Yes, we are talking about that front-facing camera of yours. Gather the ones you love like @willmacdes and lean-in close (bonus point for jokes that make everyone laugh!).
Find: A landscape that feels like home
Bring: Your smartphone + the ones you love most
Pair with: Simple Love to You & Yours Holiday Card
Finding it impossible to get your little ones to stay still in front of the camera? Play on their terms — turn up a beat, let them dance & snap away (genius, @heyabiq).
Find: A simple wall or backdrop
Bring: Portable speakers
Pair with: Merry with Gold Foil Holiday Card
If you are like we are, your bff might have four legs and follow you everywhere you go. Snap a few shots of that pet you love like @abigaildemyanek and let them take center stage.
Find: The Great Outdoors
Bring: Your pup or any pet
Pair with: Bold Joyeux 3-in-1 Holiday Card (Best part is that this card turns into a photo & a gift tag!)
Relive that day. Take those wedding photos off your USB drive and put them into print on your holiday card. The hardest part will be choosing your favorite — right, @redway and @shariandmike?
Find: The USB drive of your wedding photos
Bring: Eggnog for the selection process
Pair with: Cheer with Copper Foil Holiday Card
Say it with signs of the season. Whether a dash of holiday red or evergreen-a-plenty, find a fun way to share your merry like @cay_mae.
Find: A blank canvas
Bring: Holiday-themed props
Pair with: Bold 2016 Holiday Card
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