Photography Tips for Holiday Shoots

With the holiday season coming upon us, many people will be searching for creative ways to make his or her Christmas Cards to send out to their loved ones. Some people will go to the store and pick up a box of cards; some will create their own, while others will look to have the traditional holiday picture taken. Here are some photography tips for holiday shoots.


Some people prefer traditional where everyone is matchy, matchy, as I call it. Some will be going to Sears studio and have the kids posing on fake snow. Ok, scratch Sears, I just found out Sears closed its Studio. You have to go to JCPenny’s now, but you get the point. And some people are will look for non traditional family portraits either in their own home or on location. I always recommend meeting with people to find out exactly the look they are going for. Here are some tips that may help you to make your clients photography session picture perfect:


Location, location, location is very important like in real-estate. I always recommend parks for family shoot and don’t forget the trees. Trees also provide shade if you are shooting in the middle of the day. And if you live in California chances are you won’t be seeing any leaves changing; unless you are in a cooler climate.

What to wear is important as well. Now remember if the client wants everyone to wear the same thing do not criticize them. It’s their pictures and they can do whatever they want. You may suggest different outfits, but they are paying you. Unless you are Annie Leibovitz, deal with it.

Keep everyone happy. This is going to be difficult; especially if you have to shoot with a lot of people. Kids in particular can be difficult and many times having them focus or stay still is next to impossible. I would highly recommend having an assistant with you. They will be able to spot things that you may miss, because you will be focusing on the overall picture.

Camera settings are important. Adjust your camera for the correct lighting for your area; aka: white balance, aperture, ISO, and speed, but remember with kids and pets you will need to be quick in order to avoid any blurring caused by motion/movement.

And don’t forget your Paperwork aka: model release forms. If you are planning on using their pictures in your portfolio make sure to have him or her complete a model release form, before beginning to shoot. I always carry about 10 with me at all time. You never know and you know my motto, “Be prepared”. If you need some assistance with what to bring with you, remember you can always check out my other blog: What’s in Your Wallet?

I hope I have not bored you too much. I had fun writing this one. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.