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I am a big observer! I like to sit back and watch things unfold. I’m sure this is why I love lifestyle photography. Anyway, this is one of the best times to capture new photos of your family, but it is often easier said than done.

Toddler Boy in a Christmas button up and tie | 7 Ways to Take Better Photos of Your Family During the Holidays
7 Ways to Take Better Photos of Your Family During the Holidays

7 Ways to Take Better Photos of Your Family During the Holidays | Winchester Photographer

Not everyone loves to be in front of the camera, kids just want to play, and more often than not, someone in the group has VERY high expectations. These factors can all make family photo time a less than pleasurable experience.

Three sibling with their hands around each others shoulders smiling at the camera.

Here are some top tips to ensure everyone has a good time and you get the photos you are hoping for.

1. Make it Fun

When a family photo session doesn’t come across as too serious, more family members are willing to participate. Make the day about having fun and spending time together, not capturing the perfect photos. Plus, photos are easy to fit into the day if you approach them correctly. Does the family always drink cocoa around the tree? Get everyone to pose for a quick group shot before you sit down. Better yet, capture a candid shot of everyone sitting around the tree instead.

2. Respect People’s Wishes

Sometimes, people just don’t want their photo taken. It’s important to respect this if you want to maintain peace during the holiday season. If it’s your children who don’t want their photos taken, respecting their wishes will help gain their trust, making it easier to ask for photos later in the day or on another day.

3. Choose Your Location, Wisley

Your family should feel comfortable during any photo session, so choose your location wisely. If you won’t be taking photos at home, choose a location that will allow everyone to stay engaged and relaxed. Consider the lighting when choosing a location for your family session as this can make a big difference to the end result.

4. Prep Your Family

Not everyone in your family has necessarily been involved in a shoot before, so it helps to prepare them. You will, once again, need to find that balance between keeping it light-hearted and ensuring they know what to expect. Tell them more about the activities you have planned and what they should and shouldn’t wear. Your outfits don’t need to match but they should ideally be coordinated. Knowing a bit about what to expect can help participants feel more relaxed.

5. Let Everyone Be Themselves

Your family photos should highlight everyone’s unique personalities. Remember, you are not working with models, so lower your expectations. Allowing everyone to be themselves results in genuine shots.

6. Get Them Involved

One way to get family members excited about a photo session is to get them involved in the creative process. Let them have a say in where you take photos and what you should wear. When the shoot becomes a group effort, it feels less forced.

7. Include Everyone

Nobody wants to feel left out, so you may want to plan your shoots out in advance. Taking a shot of Grandma and all the grandchildren? Don’t forget to take the same shot with Grandpa. It’s especially important that all the children feel like they are equally included to avoid issues after the session.

Mother and Son 
Son is standing behind the mom she's looking back smiling at him and he smiling at the camera.

7 Ways to Take Better Photos of Your Family During the Holidays | Winchester Photographer

Wrapping Up

The above tips can be used regardless of whether you are hiring a professional photographer or using your smartphone or DSLR to capture some photos. There are very few times in the year when most family members are in the same place, so take advantage! TRUST me!!

High School Graduation image of grandfather and granddaughter.
7 Ways to Take Better Photos of Your Family During the Holidays

Hi beautiful soul! I’m so happy to have you here. I’m Stacy the owner of Four Souls Photography, celebrating all stages of life—be it the excitement of maternity, the tender beginnings of newborns, the vibrant energy of families, the milestones of high school seniors, or the empowering journeys of female small business entrepreneurs. I’m dedicated to crafting timeless portraits that narrate your unique journey. 

So there you have it. While at the time of writing this Christmas has passed we still have New Year’s Day to come. So keep this post in mind for “7 Ways to Take Better Photos of Your Family During the Holidays”.  Here’s to dressing up and creating memories that last a lifetime!  Are you ready for your personalized photo session that celebrates your unique story, let’s connect. and weave the tale of your love and laughter through my lens. Not quite ready… stay up-to-date and get the scoop on when the calendar opens up. Get on the VIP newsletter list for sneak peeks, special offers, and insider info on upcoming sessions.



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