How to have the perfect holiday photos

The holidays are coming! Well, actually, they are here aren’t they? This week is Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah. Soon, it will be time for Christmas!

Not every family photo has to be perfectly posed and formal. This photo of our family as we sat down to Thanksgiving dinner tells a story of memories we cherish.
Not every family photo has to be perfectly posed and formal. This photo of our family as we sat down to family dinner tells a story of memories we cherish.

 

For many of us, that means we’ll be creating lots of memories with family and friends we hold dear. Some of them may be familiar faces in our homes, but there may be some we see only at holidays. In either case, it’s very likely you will pull out a camera at some point to capture some of these special memories of the people, the food, and the activities that are a part of our holiday traditions.

Capture the little moments of your holiday, including the food and the beautiful tablescape before everyone starts eating.
Capture the little moments of your holiday, including the food and the beautiful tablescape before everyone starts eating.

I love hosting my family and friends for Thanksgiving. It has been an important day in my family since as long as I can remember, and I feel I am carrying on the family legacy when I set the table and welcome people I love into my home.

Thanksgiving kids table

You may think that being a photographer guarantees perfect holiday photos, but that’s really not the case – nor is it the point. What’s important to me, and what I hope you’ll take away from this little post, is that it’s the memories that are important – not the perfect lighting and perfectly-posed people.

When you’re taking photos throughout the day during holiday gatherings, think of yourself as a photo-journalist rather than a portrait photographer. Capture the activities and the people as they experience the day.

Cooking thanksgiving dinner

Get the candid shots of things that are happening and that set the mood for the day. The photos you take may not be publication-worthy, but they will remind you of the love and laughter (or the temper tantrums and turkey-stuffed naps!) that were present. The answer to how to capture the perfect holiday photos is simple, capture the memories! And isn’t that what holidays really are all about?

 

If you still need a formal family photo to share this holiday, contact us today to get them done in time for Christmas (or to get ahead of your to-do list for 2014!).