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3 tips to get perfect family photos this holiday

3 tips to get perfect family photos this holiday


There’s nothing better than a great family photo for the holidays. But the perfect family photo is never taken in just one shot. Let’s face it; it takes a lot to get everyone smiling and looking at the camera with their eyes open — but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. And you don’t have to hire a professional photographer to do it. Photographer Teri Wagner of Tlvw Photos she has some great tips to help families get the most out of their holiday photos without having to call in an expert. In fact, all they need is a camera, their family and their smiles.

1. Think about your outfits.

It might be tempting to be cute and wear matching outfits with your family, but think again, says Wagner. “Wearing matching outfits actually makes it hard to position family members so you don’t all blend together,” she explains. But that doesn’t mean families can’t wear the same colour scheme. “Wearing the same types of clothing is fine, but no matchy-matchy. It’s also super dated,” she adds. One more helpful tip; don’t wear all black or all white and limit patterns.

2. Location, location, location.

There’s nothing better than a great backdrop but where to start? Wagner says it’s a great idea to ask anyone and everyone for suggestions of photo shoot locations — you never know what little gem you might find. “Once you have a list and have either visited the site or viewed it online, narrow it down to your favourite three,” Wagner says. At that point, it’s best to ask your family what background they would like the most. It’s important to keep in mind that while the backdrop is an integral component of your family photos, you don’t want it to be too busy and take away from the most important part of the photo: your family.

3. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative — and have some fun!

Wagner says it’s good to capture serious photos with people posing and smiling but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a little creative, too. Why not add some props or action shots? “It’s good to get the serious shots out of the way first and then you can get silly and have some fun,” she says. Some of the best photos are during candid moments and when families are enjoying themselves, laughing and having fun, there is more opportunity for these special moments to be caught on camera. “Don’t be afraid to laugh and joke. I always get the best candid shots when people are having a good time,” she adds.

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