It’s a major holiday, and the whole family is here! Not just the close relatives, but the cousins that no one sees any other time of year. You think to yourself, ‘What a great opportunity to finally take that family picture we always say we should!’ So after dinner you grab your trusty camera and tell everyone to gather in the living room.
Your large family crowds around the couch that grandpa is sleeping on. They argue over who should stand where and who should sit. After they finally get situated you tell them to smile, and look at you. The flash fires and everyone scatters faster then you’ve ever seen them move before.
Later that night you look at the picture, and are horrified at what you find. Half the family had their eye closed and the other half was looking the other direction! The glare from Uncle Fred’s head made half the image blown out, and the shadow behind aunt Margaret’s bee hive hair blackened out the face of cousin Teddy! And to top it all off you didn’t even get to be in the picture!
I certainly hope this hasn’t happened to you! But if it has, I’m here to help! Below you’ll find 5 tips on how to take better family pictures at your next celebration.
1. Take Photos Before you Eat
If your family is anything like mine, there is never a shortage of food at holiday celebrations. We’ve all heard of the phrase “food coma” and that definitely applies here. You don’t want you family looking like a bunch of half asleep couch potatoes, so I recommend taking photos BEFORE the food is served. Everyone will look more chipper, awake and attentive on an empty stomach.
2. Use Different Furniture to Put People at Different Heights
There is always the argument of who gets to sit, who has to stand, and who has to sit on the floor. This doesn’t have to be an argument! Provide different levels of furniture; like a couch, bar stools, and kitchen chairs. This method allows everyone to be a slightly different levels and will look much better when printed. It also allows more people to sit and be more comfortable for the photos. Plus no more helping Aunt Margaret up off the floor is an added bonus!
3. Use Windows for Light
Open up those curtains and let there be light! By allowing light to come in from the outside you get a nice, soft, natural looking light that is much less harsh then a cameras flash. Flash often casts strange shadows on the wall behind the subjects; window light will not do that. All in all more natural light is better light!
4. Use a Tripod and Timer So You Can be In the Picture Too
If anyone deserves to be in the family picture its you! After all you are the hero who decided to preserve this day in history with a photograph! Almost all cameras have a built in self-timer that is very easy to operate. Once the family is set up, put your camera on a tripod (or whatever equivalent you have) and start the self-timer! Just make sure to allow yourself enough time to get into position.
5. Don’t make it a big production
If there is one thing dads and grandpas all around the world hate, it’s a big production.
This photo shoot can’t take long if you expect to keep the whole family’s attention.
Get everything set up and ready to go before asking them to get into position. This way to them it only takes a few painless minutes. After you are sure the pictures look good, let them on their way to eat, drink, and be merry!
I really hope these tips helped you out some! Let me know if you used these tips or if you have any of your own. Happy holidays!!!!
If you have any questions on taking photos for the holidays just post a comment and I will do my best to answer them!
For this blog I bring you a great guest blogger! Her name is Krista and she is the owner of
Magick & Miracles Healing Sanctuary. She will tell you more about her business and what she does! I hope you enjoy her tips on how to relieve stress!
As a small business owner myself, I understand the unique demands it has, not only on one's body, but mind as well. We wear many many hats, which can get quite weighty by day's end. Then add on any that we wear for our families and communities, and you have the makings for a very stressed out individual. Luckily, I am in the business of helping with just that!
My name is Rev. Krista McKeon, RM, LMT, CACRTM, MM and I am the hands and heart behind Magick & Miracles Healing Sanctuary, which is a private healing arts practice. I offer a range of different types of services to help relieve the mind and body of the stresses it accumulates throughout this journey we call life.
In my practice, I work with each client one on one to help them achieve their personal goals of well- being. Whether they come to see me to ease their body's aches and pains, seek emotional comfort and resolution, mental clarity and perspective, or to find a deeper meaning within it all, each person receives a customized approach and not only leaves feeling lighter, but also with a few tips to help them between sessions. After all... well-being is everything we do, say, see, and think, because there is a lot of life happening between visits.
A Solid Foundation
So first I find out if they have their basics covered:
If not, then we start there. But if they seem to have a solid foundation, I will then begin looking into other areas to see where any imbalances may be. As I talk with each client, it usually becomes quite apparent what aspects could use a little tweaking, and more often times than not, the biggest challenge for small business owners is their TIME!
We all only have 24 hours in a day, so we need to be very protective of that time. Prioritizing activities to not only get things done, but leave you feeling accomplished and energized is key.
Suggestions for Relieving Stress
Recently I photographed an engagement session for my friends Cassandra and Alice. When I am having such a good time working with a couple I cant help but wonder their story. I decided to ask them what their story was, and share it with you all along with some of their photos.
“we met through one of our mutual friends, Amanda. Amanda decided that she wanted a group of her friends to go to stonewall one night. I wasn't 21 yet so when we got there Alice went up stairs all night and I stayed down stairs but on the drive home we started talking and we went back to Amanda's house to hang out for a little bit. I texted Amanda saying that I thought Alice was really cool and I would like her number to get to know her more. So she texted Alice and gave her my number and Alice texted me saying that a little birdy told me that you like me and wanted to get my number so here it is.”
So how did you start dating?
“We started hanging out and I asked her out by making her French toast and carved it so it said wanna go steady?”
Tell me about your proposal.
“For the proposal we went to the zoo for my birthday but instead of going in August we went in September because something came up so when we went she gave the ring to her mom until we were at the giraffes and I had no clue I was so excited to see the gazelles and then I went to go look at the giraffes and we were standing next to each other and then she said Cassandra Kayla Hilger we've been talking about the rest of our lives she got down on one knee and asked if I would marry her and I was stunned and said yes and cried!”
Here are some more engagement photos! We took their engagement photo at the Allentown Rose Garden in Allentown, Pa.
So there it is, a true love story! I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos.
If you are engaged and looking for a photographer contact me today to schedule a free consultation! 484-894-5971