‘Tis the season to be overwhelmed. There’s always so much to do and so little time. Between shopping, office parties, visitors and holiday photos there is plenty to be stressed about. Luckily, we can help with the latter! This week we’re going to look at how to take great family Christmas photos, even with kids trying to make funny faces and pets running all over the place.
Pick a Setting
Whether it’s in front of the fireplace or out in the woods, have a frame picked out beforehand. Arrange furniture or set up the frame so family members are at different levels (taller people in the back, please) and try not to have too much going on in the background.
Pick the Clothes
Unless you’re going for some crazy looks, don’t pick zany patterns or colors. White or black will also make you look bigger. Try not to pick the same colors for everyone. Simple colors and comfortable clothing always looks great.
The first rule is to make sure any light is behind the photographer. Daylight is generally better because the light is softer and looks more natural but try shooting in the morning or at dusk (photographers call this the “golden hour” for a reason). The midday sun can be harsh on photographs. To avoid red eye have everyone look into a light source (NOT THE SUN!) before taking the picture.
This goes with framing, but you don’t want your subjects spread too far apart. People are interested in the photo of your family, not your living room. Keep it simple and you’ll do fine.
You want the photo to look as natural as possible (without everyone slouching of course). Furniture and trees work well as people have something to lean on. Make sure those without a prop have their hands in front or behind them, never at their sides.
Take a Bunch of Pictures
If you’re not hiring a professional photographer, having a friend take the pics can really help. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg take a bunch of photos anymore, so get a lot of takes and have the family help pick out the best ones. Try a few different poses and see what looks good to you.
Have Rewards at the Ready
Kids and pets can have a difficult time staying still for a photo (which is also why you’ll need to take a bunch). Have treats ready for both to reward them for nice smiles and looking in the right direction!
As always, give us your best family photo tips in the comments. Visit us at MidwestOutdoorResorts.com or call (800) 231-0425 and we’ll be happy to help plan your next vacation today. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!