What is a Talking Christmas Card?

No more buying boxes of cards and packets of mailing labels, forget about tearing sheets of stamps and licking envelope glue for hours. Yuck! Christmas is a time for sharing moments with loved ones and preserving those magical memories and that’s exactly what our Talking Christmas Cards do. Imagine having a professional photographer record your family’s warm smiles and cheery holiday wishes in a painless 20 minute photo+video session that is transformed into a beautiful link that you simply send as a text message or email to your family, then post on facebook for all your friends to see. No apps or downloads, just a simple link that is delivered to your phone and email for you to save and share and post instantly as many times as you like. One price covers the photo session, the processing and the delivery of your PortraitLink brand Talking Christmas Card just like these:

“hey - You look great in your card pictures”

Our photographer is a retired world-class imagemaker who has created portraits of celebrities and business people for TIME, NEWSWEEK, ABC Television and even the Pentagon who has a studio only minutes off the freeway in Arroyo Grande. He will make you and your kids look great, so be ready for compliments from your friends.

premium quality

Your card is created from broadcast quality 1080 HD video and high resolution still photos carefully blended together using our PortraitLink auto-editing system. This makes the playback of your card on a phone, computer or even up on a TV look and sound crystal clear.


How do I use my Talking Christmas Card?

In just a few days after your photo+video session, you will receive a link on your phone as a text message. You just click it to view the card and save it to your home screen. Click on it anytime and hit send as a text message or in an email and wait for the smiles! To post on your facebook or LinkedIn pages, simply paste the link into the same box you type into and let their systems do the rest. Be sure to save it as a bookmark in your phone or computers browser to keep it close because you will be playing and sharing it for weeks. For Instagram, please contact us for a special version to upload at an additional cost. ($20).


I want one! How much is it and what’s next?

Thanks! We look forward to our session. The cost for a photo+video session is $199 and we offer a savings bundle that adds a 5x7 print of your choice in a nice 8x10 frame and matte for $249 - saving you 50% on a holiday portrait that doubles as a terrific gift. To pick a session time, click below and choose any time slot you like and we will send you a confirmation text and email. If you need to reschedule, no problem, just click the text link and rebook. Be sure to show up at least 10 minutes prior to your session time so we can collect your information to create and send your Talking Christmas Card once it’s done. Keep in mind that we will be shooting professional family portraits of you that you may want to order prints from, so dress in a style that you think would be great for a nice wall portrait that will be the highlight of your home. A few days after your session, we will send the card link to your phone then a second link will arrive for you to see your photos and order your savings bundle print or order an 8x10 or two. Prints and our PortraitPOST sharable digital pictures take up to 10 days to create and then they will be available for pickup or we can send them to you.