Hold the Cheeeeeeese, Please.
Try to limit the posed, in line group photos. A formal pose is nice – do take one, but don’t forget to have fun with the group. Candid moments that show true expressions are usually the family favorite group shots.
Don’t be boring and stuck in the middle. Place an individual subject off center and pull in the interesting background activity. This is a great way to add perspective and tell more of the story.
Yes, You Need to Be in the Picture
Quickly take a look at past holiday pictures. Do you see your face in any of them? Make sure that someone else takes a few pictures this year so that you are part of memories on the mantel.
Rock Steady With a Tripod/Monopod
A tripod is a must for formal pictures. This will allow you to be hands free as you help organize the group and then take a “shake-less” picture. A monopod is great for walking around inside the gathering and snapping quick pictures of all of the guests. You’ll save your back and your pictures will be crisp. This is an easy way to say “shake it off” to a blurry camera shake.
Forget the Flash
Set your ISO higher and produce pictures that are more flattering. The artificial light produced by the flash can result in harsh shadows and red eyes. If your pictures are too grainy without the flash, add more ambient light to the room. *TIP WITHIN A TIP* Use the natural light from a window to add an artistic look to your shots. Lastly, take a few test shots before all the guests arrive so that you can be confident with the lighting.
Fill the Frame
When photographing people, get closer! Whatever your normal comfort zone is between you and your subject, take one step forward and put more of them into your camera frame. Selfies have taught us that people like to see pictures that show more facial expressions.
Zoom in On the Children
Wow. Taking pictures of small children can be like shoveling snow when it’s still snowing. Kids can be a big challenge because they don’t sit still and sometimes won’t even look at the camera. Don’t give up. Be patient and take a different approach. If you can engage with children on their level through a game or series of activities that take their mind off of having a picture, you will get lots of smiles.
Don’t forget to photograph the holiday decorations! The hostess will appreciate the festive images of the house, food and décor. Seek out sentimental objects to such as grandma’s china, the handmade wreath or a beloved family photograph situated in view of the party.
Share the Love
No need to wait to show off your images! Attach your camera to a smart tv and let everyone enjoy the day’s fun while eating dessert! Unless of course, football is on the television.