Want to take BETTER photos of your family this holiday season?
I got you covered! Click on the video above and remember to leave a comment letting me know your favorite tip.
I let my silliness come out in the video in hopes that you DON'T FORGET these 5 tips! Follow my advice, and your picture game will soon be on FLEEK! Below is a summary of the video.
#1 Be that Annoying Person Taking a Ton of Photos
I can't tell you how many times I've been the annoying person at the party who takes 1-million photos of everyone. But it never fails that after the party everyone’s asking me to send them the photos.
See I believe everyone loves having beautiful pictures to look back on, but sometimes we just forget to take them. Or we think we have all the time in the world. Which if you’ve ever lost someone you love like I have, you know that’s not true.
The good news is you’re watching this video and now. So, with that said, your first tip is to #1 be that annoying person who takes a million photos. Say, “sorry I’m not sorry,” and just snap away!
#2 Capture More Candid Photos
Candid photos are a great way to capture those memories we love most. Like eating dinner, cheering for your favorite football team, or playing cards together.
Candid photos are especially great for young children who aren’t gonna be thrilled to stop playing and be told what to do for a picture. Instead just take photos of them being their natural goofy selves. I personally prefer candid photos over cheesy smiles any-day!
#3 Find Flattering Light
Lighting is something I really never thought about until I became a photographer, but it’s the number one way you're going to make your photos pop.
So remember to find the light! You want your subjects facing a strong light source so their faces are lit up in the photo. Kind of like I am in this video. I opened the drapes of the biggest windows I could find, so all the light is shining down on me. If you don’t have natural light, definitely use the flash on your camera.
My personal favorite time to take photos is the hour just before sunset when the natural light is soft, golden, and flattering. This is called the golden hour. So if you’re really serious about getting great photos this year, let everyone know ahead of time you’ll be taking pictures outside during the golden hour and make it happen!
#4 Scope out a Simple Background
My next tip is to simplify the background. Watch out for any distracting things in the background of your photo. After all the photo is about the people in it, so you want them to stand out!
Lets say you want a family picture in front of the tree. If your tree is between a window and a wall, have everyone stand in front of the wall, NOT in front of the window. The window is going to reflect your flash and other distracting things into the photo. Trust me on this one, simple is better!
#5 Cut the Cheese
No no no I don’t mean “cut the cheese." LOL But, what is the first thing you think you want to do when I say cheese? You probabley want to put on a big corny fake smile. Kids especially have the big cheese smile down. It’s cute and all but you probably already have enough photos of your family doing cheesy smiles! Am I right?
Let's be real…a natural candid smile is always better than a cheesy one. So cut the word “cheese” out of your vocabulary. Instead, you’re going to get your family together for a picture, and try saying something like this…
“Ok, everyone look at the camera and give warm smile! Great! Now I want you to look at one person and give them your best smile. Perfect! And now make a silly face to that same person! Haha! And now just keep laughing at each other and smiling. Love that! Ewwww Mommy farted! HAHA! Now everyone look right at the camera with a big beautiful smile ... 3.. 2.. 1! Fabulous!”
Take A LOT of photos while you give these instrutions, because you want to get those candid moments between shots. It’s nearly impossible to get everyone with their eyes open and smiling on the first try, especially if you have a big group!
Initially everyone will feel really silly looking at each other and smiling. But hopefully that silliness will end up creating genuine candid moments!
And that's it! Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this video and feel empowered to take more and better photos of your family this holiday season!
I’d love to know what was your favorite tip today in the comments below.