7 Ways to Take Better Pics for the Holidays
The holidays are the perfect time to capture new photos of your family, but it is often easier said than done. Many people love the limelight; others run from cameras. (OMG, I hate having my picture taken), kids want to play, and more often than not, someone in the group has very high expectations. These factors can all make family photo time a less than pleasurable experience. Here are some tips to ensure everyone has a good time and you get the lovely photos you desire.
Make It Fun
More family members are willing to participate when a family photo session doesn't come across as too serious. Make the day about having fun and spending time together, not capturing the perfect photos. Plus, images easily fit into the day if you approach them correctly. Does the family always drink cocoa around the tree? Get everyone to pose for a quick group shot before you sit down. Better yet, capture a candid shot of everyone sitting around the tree instead.
Respect People's Wishes
Sometimes, people don't want their photos taken (look at my earlier statement if you have questions). Respecting this is important to maintain peace during the holiday season. If someone doesn't want their photos taken, respecting their wishes will help gain their trust, making it easier to ask for photos later in the day or on another day.
Choose Your Location Wisely
Your family should feel comfortable during photo sessions, so choose your location wisely. If you aren't taking photos at home, choose a place that will allow everyone to stay engaged and relaxed. Consider the lighting when choosing a location for your family session, as this can significantly affect the result.
Prep Your Family
Not everyone in your family has necessarily been involved in a shoot before, so it helps to prepare them. You will, once again, need to find that balance between keeping it light-hearted and ensuring they know what to expect. Tell them more about the activities you have planned and what they should and shouldn't wear. Your outfits can be diverse but ideally coordinated. They know a bit about what to expect can help participants feel more relaxed.
Let Everyone Be Themselves
Your family photos should highlight everyone's unique personalities. Allowing everyone to be themselves results in genuine shots. Remember, you are not working with models, so temper your expectations.
Get Them Involved
One way to get family members excited about a photo session is to get them involved in the creative process. Let them say where you take photos and what you should wear. When the shoot becomes a group effort, it feels less forced.
Nobody wants to feel left out, so you may want to plan your shoots. Are you taking a shot of grandma and all the grandchildren? Remember to take the same picture with grandpa. It's essential that all children feel included to avoid issues after the session.
Whether hiring a professional photographer or using your smartphone to capture some photos, these tips should provide lovely holiday photos. Very few times in the year when most family members are in the same place, so take advantage.