Who says you need to be a professional photographer to capture the perfect holiday card photo? Definitely not our in-house photographer, Nicole! We asked her for a few easy tips that make the world of difference.
What’s the best time of day to take a photo?
Morning or afternoon when the sun isn’t directly overhead. Just as important though, is working with your family’s schedule. If you’re a new mom, maybe working around your baby’s nap schedule will be cause for more smiles than frowns.
How should we light the photo?
Outdoors is great unless you have fabulous lighting indoors. Use the sky as your light source. A cloudy day can be great for nice even lighting across faces with no harsh shadows, so no need to wait for a sunny day.
What poses are best?
No poses can be the best. I also think it’s nice when people take pictures while doing things they already like to do as a family, so it’s more in the moment. For example, if your kids love to bake with you or you all go hiking together, that might be a great time to take a photo.
Are there outfits to stay away from?
Not really, probably just stay away from identical mock turtlenecks.
Do you have to have a top of the line camera to take a great photo?
Not at all. The best camera is the one you know how to use well, like your iPhone.
Should we have props in our photo?
Sure, why not. Just make sure everyone else is in on the joke too.
Now that you’re a photo pro, find a place for your favorite photos with our holiday card collection.