11/13/2015

Family Holiday Photo Shoot Tips


all images via pinterest
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Seriously, the best. Holiday season is upon us and there’s nothing I like doing more than celebrating (whether it’s giving thanks or being marry and bright).

It’s also the time of year families start thinking about holiday cards to capture and share all that cheer. And now that we live in a world where Pinterest exists and expectations are raised, there’s extra pressure to make your holiday card stand out.

To help you make the most of your photos this season, I’ve teamed up with photographer Laila from Studio 11.11 to provide you with some tips to make your family pictures extra jolly.

First of all, let you personality shine! Gone are the days of stuffy studio portraits, which are instead being replaced by family photos full of fun and creativity. Think less “sunday best” and more "romp in the snow": fair isle leggings, plaid, and flannel. Pile on accessories like fur trapper hats, mittens, scarves, and fur lined boots. Think color and patterns (especially for the kids!).

And don't feel like you have to stick to traditional holiday colors, but make sure your family coordinates. Coordinates, not matches. Let's try and avoid the family photos where everyone is in identical uniforms. Come up with a color scheme and have it weave throughout the entire family. And since this is winter, don't forget to layer! Layers and textures add visual interest to a photo and allow your personal style to pop.

Finally, relax and have fun! If you're stiff, the photos will be stiff. Be silly. Laugh. Goof around. Remember, holidays are whimsical. Your holiday cards should be too.

For more photos and to see these tips in action, follow Studio 11.11's Facebook page.