Top 5 Family Holiday Photo Tips

family photo tipsI wonder if this happens to other portrait photographers…

Every year I go home for the Holidays. And, it always seems that as I am packing for my trip I have to remind myself to take my camera. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking professional profile photos and online dating photos of my clients. But sometimes, it’s difficult to remember to take photos during the holidays because it’s my time off. But it’s always so nice afterwards to have visual memories of such precious family time, so I make sure to bring my camera along.

This year, I thought I would share a few things about taking better holiday photos. It doesn’t matter who you are or what type of camera you have. The following are my best tips on how to take better photos during this festive holiday season that will be appreciated by all for years to come.

  1. Let There Be Light. Make sure there’s enough light in the room or setting you are taking photos in. And make sure to turn off your flash. As a general rule: flash pictures are just NOT as flattering!
  2. Candid is Best. Take photos when no one is watching. Family photos don’t have to be limited to everyone standing stiffly in a row with fake smiles. Take photos when people are chatting, playing games and opening presents.
  3. It’s all in the Details. Take photos of the little details that are present during the holidays. Food, wrapping paper, etc. It sets the stage and makes for much more interesting photo albums.
  4. Quantity Creates Quality. Take a lot of photos. Not every click has to be a masterpiece. The more photos you take, the better the “good ones” will be. Of course, for the sanity of everyone looking at your photos, be sure to edit them down to the very best ones before sharing.
  5. Have Fun. Experiment with different angles, and subjects. Even as a professional photographer, I am always trying new things. Don’t take it too seriously. If it doesn’t look good, just delete it. This will make the whole experience more fun for everyone.