Everyone loves a good holiday photo, whether it is for their holiday cards, to display in their home, or simply to treasure. What everyone doesn’t love is paying for them. Yes, photographers 100% deserve to be paid fairly for the work they do, and too many people undervalue them. At the same time, not having the budget for a professional shouldn’t result in you not having these cherished memories.
The solution? Take your holiday photos yourself. Below are a few tips to help you make the best of going DIY this holiday season.
While you will probably want a family portrait, the truth is that the kids tend to be the focus of holiday photos. And to get the best angles and the most natural look, you need to be at their eye level. Yes, this might mean looking a bit silly lying on the floor or ground, but the results will be worth it.
For the sake of ambiance, we tend to use low lighting during the holidays. And that can make it tempting to turn on the flash. Don’t. Using flash will wash out your photos, make them look unnatural, cause red eye, and hurt your children’s eyes. Instead, adjust the ISO. The higher you set it, the less light your camera needs. If you have never played with ISO before, practice before the big day.
You know the site Awkward Family Photos? Have you ever noticed that nearly all of those photos are of poses, not genuine moments? Making people pose is a great way to make them feel awkward, and that translates onto film. Instead, snap shots of the kids just being the kids. These are the moments you want to remember anyway.
Another option is just to be as goofy as you want. Buy a plastic backdrop, grab some props worthy of a White Elephant exchange, and don the ugly sweaters. It may not be Instagram worthy, but it will be hilarious. And there is nothing wrong with having a little fun.