It’s that time of year again when families are getting ready to send out their Christmas cards with a lovely picture of the family. Of course, being a photographer myself, I love being able to spend a couple of hours with a family and capture their precious memory in pictures. But I understand some families just don’t have the time or money to spend on pictures and that’s ok. You should be able to share a great updated photo of your family with your loved ones, no matter what your schedule or budget. I’ve got a few tips on how to make DIY portraits a little easier.
I always recommend going with solid colored clothing for the photo session. They always look great on camera and give a very classic look. Of course I’m not one to say you all have to be in the same exact color, but you can think about being in the same color palette. Also you can break up guys in one color and girls in another. Have fun with your clothes and most importantly, make sure that you feel comfortable and confident in your choice.
This really doesn’t have to be as tricky as some people think. I recommend going to either a local park, a favorite place of your family’s, or even your back yard. Be aware of what’s in the background. You don’t want a large truck or a trash can to be in the background. I’m a natural light photographer so I am all about going outside to take this picture. I would say try taking this picture in the afternoon or evening. It is my favorite time of day to take pictures because the light is absolutely amazing.
3. Have a friend take the picture
If you know someone who is just starting out with photography or maybe a college student taking a photography class or just a close friend, ask if they would help you out by taking your picture. You would just set up in a pose and then have them take the pictures. Thank goodness for digital cameras because you can immediately view the picture they took, just in case they might have cut off someone’s head!
4. Use a self timer
If you can’t get anyone to help out, most cameras have self timers. Of course check your camera’s manual to see how to set it up. Place your camera on a tripod and run back to your spot and smile!!
Or just…hire a professional
And lastly, you can hire a professional photographer! Even with this you don’t have to spend a lot of money. There are a lot of photographers that offer mini sessions or even Christmas card sessions. Some offer a 30 minute session to take a picture specifically for a Christmas card. Then you get a pack of Christmas cards ready to send out.
I hope this helps you out! And of course I couldn’t leave you without some amazing family portraits! (Please catch my sarcasm!)
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