Christmas jammies may be a great idea for holiday photos, but don’t stop there. A little planning can take your holiday picture from trendy to timeless.
Try these tips to get some great shots:
1. Light: Photography is ALL about light. Bad lighting can actually change a person’s appearance. (Seinfield, anyone?) Look for an area with as much bright natural light as possible, but avoid direct sunlight. If you’re shooting outdoors, try putting your subjects in the shade of a building. The best indoor lighting is near a window that is opposite the sun. Pro tip: Trees offer great shade, but watch out for spots of sunlight that get past the leaves or branches.
2. Background: Pick a background that is clean and free from clutter. Typically the background in portraits should not distract from the people, unless you’re trying to be creative (see Tip 3). Pro Tip: Keep your background at least 10 feet from your subjects to get that blurry background look called bokeh. Use portrait mode on your camera or iPhone, too.
3. Creativity: Don’t be afraid to play around with creative ideas. Christmas trees are great backgrounds, but try turning on the Christmas lights and making the rest of the room dark. Then, have the kids stand in front of the tree so you can capture their silhouettes. Pro Tip: Make sure they are turned so you can see their profiles.
4.Connections: Don’t stand side by side with hands in pockets. Show a connection by holding hands, hugging or linking arms. Better yet, interact. Throw the little one up in the air or share a secret. Pro Tip: Play a game like telephone.
5. Forget the cheese: Show some real expression. The easiest way to show happiness is with laughter. Have one of the kids tell his favorite joke. Forget the idea that everyone needs to be looking at the camera. Look at each other and smile. Even if you cheese at each other, that’s better than cheesing at the camera. Pro Tip: Say silly words to get the kids laughing.
If you need a little more help, contact one of many talented local professional photographers!
Lindsay Corrigan is a professional photographer who has studied portrait photography for nearly 20 years and served Kinston families for over a decade. She specializes in portraits of children and high school seniors. You can see more of her work at www.lindsaycorrigan.com