Christmas is a great time to capture memories. Families gather from near and far, making it easier to get that perfect shot you’ve always wanted. The problem is making memories without making a mess of the situation! Here are a few ways to help make your holiday photo shoots better than ever.
Shoot in Nature, if Possible
Nothing can replace the look and feel of shooting in nature. Real snow and trees look great and make a family photo shoot memorable. This all depends on one thing…a little cooperation from Mother Nature. If you live in a mild winter climate, it’s likely you’ll be able to find a time to get your perfect outdoor photo shoot completed without the fear of freezing. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t rain on your plans. The bottom line with nature is that it looks great when it works out!
Use a Quality Christmas Backdrop if Shooting Indoors
If shooting outdoors isn’t an option, use a quality Christmas photo backdrop and shoot indoors. There are numerous advantages to shooting your holiday images using a backdrop.
Here are just a few of the major advantages:
- Climate controlled environment…no threat of snow or rain
- No coats needed, so everyone can see the beautiful Christmas clothing your subjects are wearing
- Perfect lighting available
- Take multiple images in ideal conditions, especially important with young children
- Ability to create similar images year after year, creating a tradition
Make it Fun and Quick!
Posing a family is always awkward. No matter how good you are as a photographer and how cooperative your family, something is going to go astray. There’s going to be one person making a goofy face or there will be someone with their eyes closed. Make your photo shoot fun by embracing the fact that this is “real life” and you’re making memories not art. Make it quick and be sure your family is enjoying the annual photo session and you’ll get a better product this year and less resistance next year.
There is a popular saying that goes, “the days are long, but the years are short”. Keep this in mind whenever you can spend time with your family during the holidays. Enjoy the moment and keep the stress low with these simple tips.