Tis the season!  Making sure that those photos from the holiday lights and the family gatherings look amazing can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to make sure that everyone in the family looks great and you get both indoor and outdoor shots that are just right.

TIP #1- When Taking Great Holiday Photos, It’s All About Creativity

It’s darker outside much earlier so take advantage of the twinkling lights and candlelight. Turn off your flash whenever possible. Holiday lights look their best without added light sources.

TIP #2- Shoot Moments Not Staged Photos

It’s tough, if not impossible to get the family to stop in the middle of the festivities and pose for a photo.  Consider the option of capturing those special holiday moments like opening the presents or carving the Christmas dinner turkey instead of the posed shot. These are the photos that make the memories.

TIP #3- Working With Kids

Every holiday is special but being able to look back at great shots done over the years as your children grow is precious. To get the best shots, take your photos early when the house is not filled with family and friends. One of the easiest shots, of course, is putting up the tree. Give each child an ornament to hang. Capture the laughter and all of the fun. Be sure to get down to eye level. Capture all of the magic from the child’s perspective. Get them talking about Santa and the reindeer. Kids can be unpredictable and that’s where the fun comes in!

TIP #4- Setting The Scene For Great Holiday Photos

Gets points for creativity when choosing an unexpected setting for the holiday shots. Instead of just presents under the tree, take the presents to the beach on Sanibel Island in Florida as an example, for an “anything but ordinary” photo. How about a rustic farm with the newly cut tree?  Keep it simple, keep it festive and keep it fun and you’ll have great holiday photos to share with family and friends.







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